10 Feb Under 11 Girls Match Report
Sunday saw Bridgend Youth section field a record number of teams, two of these represented the Under 11 girls in Cwmbran.
Even with many of the regular players missing, Bridgend were able to show the strength and depth of their squad with two highly competitive teams putting in superb performances against many of the teams which they will face in the up coming South Wales Cup Competition.
Things did not look so rosy on Sunday morning when the Bridgend goalkeeper was delayed and so missed the first two matches. The girls were very grateful to Ellie Money for volunteering to pad up for the first time ever. Ellie did a great job in goal seeing more of the ball than the Bridgend defenders normally allow through.
Rosie ‘The wall’ Gower was joined in defence by Charlotte Llewellyn, again defence proved to be a major strength for both of the Bridgend teams; with the girls both tackling like demons and distributing possession across the pitch.
In midfield Manon Howells, Catrin Rubery and Megan Paice all worked tirelessly, providing the link from the back to front and across the pitch. Erin Padfield switched teams for the last two games to provide fresh legs in chasing possession and supporting the forwards.
Beth Kitch continued to show her unique skills, like a modern day artful dodger, she is becoming ever more adept at stealing possession and creating chances in front of goal.
After the second game Bridgend were relieved to see the ever reliable Eva Gough arrive and kicked up where she impressed two of the Welsh selectors with her commitment and clearances in goal. It was Eva’s saves which made the difference in allowing Bridgend to go on and win their later games, especially as she was keeping goal for both of the Bridgend teens and so did not get a break for 2 1/2 hours.
Amy Poole and Caitlin Thomas combined to form a new defensive unit for second Bridgend team in the tournament, again this was a major strength with the two girls Breaking down attack after attack and smashing the ball to the other end of the pitch. Neve Riddick made her debut for Bridgend this weekend and proved that she had more than enough to cope at this level. Neve provided energy and backbone to the Bridgend midfield and an edge of competition which has been missing at times.
Millie Andrews had her best tournament to date, she seemed to be everywhere on the pitch, put in tackles, ran well with the ball and even created several clear opportunities to score.
Chessie Jarvis and Ellie Money formed a formidable attacking partnership, especially after they were deprived of the enthusiasm of Erin Padfield. The girls constantly harried the opposition midfield and defence and were unlucky not to score on numerous occasions.
All in all it was a highly positive and productive day which saw Bridgend draw several matches and beat Brecon having been a goal behind.