Spirits were high as it was a lovely sunny afternoon and for some it was their first match on Astroturf. Macie was captain today and it was Freya’s first time in goal. Lancing won the toss and took first push. It took both teams a while to adapt to the surface and the amount of space they had, with play being mainly down the centre of the pitch. Once Copthorne started to use the width of the pitch they managed to get the ball into the goal circle on several occasions. Macie and Tanishka worked really well in mid field, carrying the ball strongly and attacked the circle. Attackers Romilly and Keisha kept the ball wide, driving into the D to Macie and Tanishka creating many opportunities. Copthorne’s efforts were rewarded by a goal scored by Macie. Copthorne continued to dominant the first half having the majority of the play. Alayna and Tia were strong in defence giving Lancing College very few chances to score. The whistle went for half time and Copthorne were winning 1-0.
After a well deserved drink of water and some words of encouragement the team were ready for the second half. Copthorne had first push and straight away headed towards the goal circle. Tanishka and Macie worked tirelessly together attacking the goal and chasing back to help in defence. Alayna continued to defend superbly, making sure that the opposition did not get the ball in their goal, clearing to Macie and Tanishka. Both teams came close to scoring and the match was very evenly contested. In the last few minutes of play Copthorne won the ball in their half and a well worked move saw Macie score a fantastic goal. The final score was a win for Copthorne 2-0.
Well done to all of the girls today for their fantastic effort throughout the match and team spirit. Congratulations to Macie for being voted player of the match which was well deserved.