As Sopley had not played a hockey match before and as the Moyles Court team were considerably younger – the fixture was a training match. After warming up with skills and tactics the girls all began to improve. It was good to have Moyles Court partnering Sopley girls.
When the match started, Moyles Court instantly moved into attack and scored the first goal within 20 seconds leaving Sopleystill standing in their start positions! With coaching and encouragement the game progressed well with both teams improving. Sopley certainly developed and two of their players played especially well. Moyles Court showed skill, speed and versatility and won by 8 goals to 1.
Although Moyles Court won easily, both teams learnt from the session and enjoyed the afternoon.
Final Score: Moyles Court – 8 Sopley – 1
Player of the Match: Margaux
This was destined not to be one of our better performances. Just as we arrived, it started raining and it continued to rain throughout the game, this made playing good football a real challenge. Moyles Court struggled to put their passes together and hold on to possession of the ball. The defence were out of form, our forwards failed to take advantage of goal scoring opportunities that came their way and our midfield players found it difficult to string passes together. So it was no surprise that we lost by 6 – 1. However credit should go to Harrison for the goal he scored and Josh who seemed to be fighting against the incoming tide, as he ran his socks off trying to win the ball and tackle the opposition.
We played two games against a FSM A and B team. In the first game Moyles Court took an immediate lead after a well taken goal scored by Roy. We had further chances to add to our lead but ended up leading by 1-0 at the end of the first half. Early in the second half Aidan added to our lead with another well taken goal, however FSM pulled one back with a few minutes to go and in fact they could have equalised but for some good defending from George and Elliott. However Aidan deserves a special mention, as he was our main playmaker throughout this 2-1 victory.
In our second game FSM started strongly with a lot of early possession and they took a 2-0 lead by half-time. Opportunities fell our way, but we were unable to take advantage of them. Moyles Court began the second half by scoring a well created goal involving some excellent inter play between Harry and Aidan, with Ajdan slotting the ball into the corner of the net. Despite further opportunities to score, we ended up conceding another late goal and ended up losing our second game 3-1.
Man-of-the-Match: Aidan Geary
Moyles Court started well in both attack and defence. Unfortunately, Forres Sandle Manor were the stronger team right from the start. Moyles Court struggled to get the ball past the half way line in the first half but played much better in the second half being able to stop and clear the ball well.
Moyles Court defenders showed skill and determination by not letting the ball past them as much as possible. Our attacking players began to position themselves better, and also supported and worked with each other well. However, despite great teamwork and enthusiasm, we lost the game 11-0.
The first 15 minutes were very scrappy; with both teams struggling to keep possession of the ball and both teams had opportunities to score but were unable to put the ball into the net. So it was no surprise that LHS took the lead through poor defending from Moyles Court. However, this galvanised Moyles Court and within 5 minutes we had equalised after the LHS goalkeeper fumbled the ball from a shot that fell in front of Adam who just had to knock the ball into an empty goal. This was shortly followed up with another goal from Connor that gave us a 2 -1 lead at half-time.
The second half was totally dominated by Moyles Court with 3 further goals coming from Adam and Connor and an own goal from LHS. There were also several other opportunities to add to the goal tally and LHS had opportunities of their own, but with a defence that was well marshalled and lead by Sam we kept a clean sheet in the second half. A special mention should also go to Sam who in goal played in a position that he was not used to and to Matthew who really controlled the game from central midfield. Final score 5-1. Congratulations boys, excellent result!
During the first half Moyles Court struggled to get into the game and they fell behind to a fortunate Avondale goal. However we saw a completely different team in the second half and Moyles Court began to dominate possession and we scored an equalising goal when Edward followed up a fumble by the Avondale goalkeeper to tap in at close range.
As the game seemed to be heading towards a draw, Edward started a dribble from the halfway line that resulted in a shot from just inside the penalty area that won the game for Moyles Court. Credit should go to Alfie who had a great game in goal, Callum in defence and Josh and Harry in midfield.
Man-of-the-Match : Edward Allnatt-Small
There was much excitement at school last Friday, when the Barclays Premier League Trophy stopped off for a visit on its UK tour. All the pupils got the opportunity to have their photograph with the cup. Our thanks go to Mr Stevens, who organised and made it possible for the trophy to come to Moyles Court.
Today was the first competitive game our junior squad has played in. The girls have been working on positional awareness and role responsibility to try and help them space out in game situations. This took us a while to remember and nerves played a big part at the start of our game.
Against a very strong BCS Year 6 team, the girls tried really hard to keep the ball away from our goal end, but BCS were making fast decisions, and accurate passes to get around our defence to score 6 goals in the first half.
Following our team talk, the girls came back on court with renewed enthusiasm, and showed some great passing, near misses at goal, and great defending. We only conceded 1 goal in the second half but couldn’t quite manage to find the net at the other end.
A really good effort by all the girls.
Final Score: Moyles Court – 0 BCS – 7
Player of the Match: Farah
Another team facing their first competitive game and we have been working on centre passes and positional responsibilities within our lessons.
The midfield and attacking players worked really well together, making strong decisions and accurate passes to get the ball into the opponents D. Abigail had 2 early shots at goal but couldn’t quite control the fast moving ball to shot accurately, but what a great start to the game.
Our defending players were all concentrating hard, and clearing any balls that were coming in towards our goal, and just before the half time whistle, Abigail was successful at scoring our first goal.
Another great half was played, with all players working hard to keep the ball in our possession, and allow Abigail another clear shot at goal. A well-deserved player of the match for Abigail, who never stopped chasing the ball.
Final Score: Moyles Court – 2 BCS – 0
Player of the Match – Abigail
Our first match in our group was against Bournemouth Collegiate School. With plenty of early possession goal opportunities fell to William and Edward who hit the post with an excellent header. As BCS began to get more possession themselves Callum produced some excellent defending to deny BCS several goal opportunities. Despite further scoring chances and against the run of play BCS scored a late winner to win 1-0.
In our second game against Walhampton Edward, who began this game in goal, produced an excellent save to stop the opposition taking an early lead. This was followed up with a great shot on goal by Alex, who likewise, was denied by a good save from Walhampton’s goalkeeper. However, Walhampton took the lead with a powerful shot of their own and despite Harry battling hard in midfield and another excellent shot from Alex, Walhampton were able to score another goal to end up winning this game 2-0
Our third game in our group was against Stroud School. Stroud were probably the strongest team in our group and in this game we were able to produce some of our best football. All the team played well and it was no surprise when we took a 1-0 lead with an excellent goal from Harry. We managed to hang onto this lead and end up winning this game 1-0, which then took us into the Plate Competition.
In the quarter finals of the plate competition we played BCS B team. Again we played some really good football in this game. Early pressure lead to a great shot from Joshua and Edward hitting the post with another good goal attempt. Continued pressure finally ended up with William Holman scoring a goal, which gave us a 1-0 lead which we were able to hang onto until the end. This result took us through to a semi-final against Yarrells School.
In the semi-final against Yarrells we had equal possession, but we were unable to convert the goal scoring opportunities we had, into any goals. Despite periods of pressure, luck was against us and we ended up losing by 3-0.