Blackhall Primary Football
Blackhall Athletic Football Club
Blackburn 0-4 BAFC Unicorns (Girls U13) 29-Jan-2017
As is becoming customary, a visit to Blackburn saw sunny skies and four goals; however, BAFC turned recent history on its head by scoring all four to run out deserving winners and end a succession of three 3-1 losses. The game did not start well for the visitors, whose initially lackadaisical defence saw possession conceded in some real danger areas, and it was only some excellent keeping from Lucy that prevented them going behind early on. As the half wore on, and the players started to wake up, Blackhall started to come into the game, with Kirsty pulling the strings in centre midfield and Iona causing serious problems down the right wing. After Isla just failed to get on the end of one of Iona’s crosses, Eloise expertly dummied the next one (!) to gift wrap a chance for Isla at the far post. Not to be out done, Eloise soon got on the scoresheet when she stole the ball from a Blackburn defender, ran at their keeper and calmly slotted home from a tricky angle. The second half saw a raft of changes for Blackhall, but a similar pattern to the game; Blackburn threatened, but were constantly thwarted by Louisa and Jess in defence and an inspired Ciara between the sticks, whilst the visitors always looked like scoring. Blackhall’s third came from a wonderful long throw from Jess that managed to evade Blackburn’s defenders and keeper to find its way to Iona for an easy tap in. Iona also played a starring role in the 4th goal, when one of her fizzing low crosses struck an unfortunate defender to give the keeper no chance.
With only two friendlies played this season, it is too early to get excited, but a record against some good teams that shows Played 2, Won 2, For 10, Against 0 would seem to bode well. More encouragingly, it is great to see really effective contributions from everyone, irrespective of the role they are asked to play in any particular game.
Bonnyrigg Rose 0-6 BAFC Unicorns (Girls U13) 22-Jan-2017
The rather parky Midlothian weather could not dampen the spirit of the Blackhall U13s in their first friendly of the year, as they put together a clinical performance to comprehensively beat a pacey Bonnyrigg side that contained some excellent ball players. The game could not have started much better for BAFC as Iona caught the hosts napping and scored from the first attack of the game. After Iona hit the post 30 seconds later, the game settled into a less frenetic tempo, albeit with Blackhall continuing to dominate both possession and territory. Their pressure was soon rewarded when Kirsty doubled their advantage, before Eloise stole the ball from a Bonnyrigg defender and calmly slotted home the third. A change of ends saw a change of formation and, for a short while, a period of sustained pressure for the home side. However, Blackhall rode this storm to score another 3 unanswered goals in the second half, with Isla and Poppy finishing off some well worked moves before Ciara thumped in an absolute screamer from outside the box.
A wonderful start to 2017, made all the more impressive by the way the whole team went about their allotted duties. Whilst Poppy was pulling the strings in centre midfield and Iona/Mia/Kirsty were rampaging up the wings, the constant harrowing of Isla/Eloise/Lucy upfront illustrated how pressure in one area can lead to chances for the whole team. Similarly, the calmness of Louisa allied to the physicality of Ciara and Jess in defence snuffed out the majority of the opposition attacks, with Mia and Iona dealing pretty comfortably with the few that made it through. [GW]
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