Blackhall Primary Football
Blackhall Athletic Football Club
A catch-up of some recent matches…
BAFC Unicorns (Girls U13) 3-2 Broxburn Athletic [3//8/16]
The Unicorns first mid-week match saw them run close, but eventually prevail against a spirited team from Broxburn. After the visitors seemed to keep the ball for an age from the kick off, BAFC made the most of their possession when Poppy calmly slotted home from the edge of the box. The rest of the half saw BAFC in the ascendancy, with first Poppy then Eloise dominating central midfield, Emma enjoying a rare outing on the right wing, Kirsty keeping a few Broxburn players busy on the left wing, and Louisa and Rosie holding firm at the back. Eventually the pressure told and Lucy doubled the advantage just before half time. A change of ends saw a change of fortunes, with Broxburn pulling one back from a Ronaldinho-like shot from distance from their tall defender. Whilst the goal seemed to energise the visitors, a deflected own goal from a fizzing Kirsty corner soon saw momentum shift back to the home side. However, Broxburn edged their way back into the game and, with a few minutes left, scored a goal that made the final moments more tense than they perhaps should have been.
All up, a good first run after the summer break, and a good opportunity to try out some new formations. [GW]
BAFC Unicorns (Girls U13) 9-2 Hutchison Vale [7/8/16]
On a mild but blustery Sunday morning in Saughton, the Unicorns ran out very comfortable winners against a Hutchison Vale team that looked good at times but failed to threaten for long periods. The game started very well for BAFC when Iona ran straight through the opposition defence and, almost apologetically, slotted home within the first minute. Although Hutchie Vale started to see more of the ball, and managed to equalise with a BAFC own-goal, two quickfire goals from Poppy saw the Unicorns regain and then double their lead. In truth it should have been more, and when a wonderful Hutchie Vale corner was somewhat fortuitously deflected into the Unicorns goal just before half time, it seemed that BAFC may again pay the price for their goal-shyness. However, a change of ends saw a change of intent, and the Unicorns made the most of their second half superiority to score 6 unanswered goals. Unfortunately, as this coincided with the coach’s inability to work the memo app on his phone, scorers details get a bit sketchy here, but here goes: one for poppy (completing her hat-trick), two for Lucy, one for Kirsty, two for Jess. At the same time, Eloise was bossing central midfield, and Louisa was again illustrating the benefit of a cool head in defence. There will be tougher challenges ahead but it was very satisfying to see the Unicorns put in such a clinical performance.
Special mention for Iona, who turned up a bit crook, scored almost immediately, went off for 5 mins with a fearsome dead-leg, did a stint in goal, terrorised the Hutchie Vale left back and then had the energy to complain about shoddy post-match handshakes! [GW]
BAFC Unicorns (Girls U13) 4-2 Ferniside [21/8/16]
A pleasant Sunday morning at Saughton saw the Unicorns pushed hard before their attacking verve got the better of a spirited Ferniside team. The match started well enough for BAFC who enjoyed their fair share of possession and territory, but it was the visitors who struck first when the Unicorn’s keeper lost a very speculative lob in the blinding sun. Undeterred, BAFC pushed forward and were rewarded when a Ferniside defender sliced a fizzing corner from Iona into her own net. The remainder of the first half saw the visitors enjoy good periods of possession without really threatening, whilst the Unicorns created and spurned a number of good chances. A change of ends saw Ferniside quickly re-establish their one goal advantage following some tentative Unicorn defending. At the other end, the visitor’s keeper was playing a blinder, most notably when she managed to parry a Lucy-thunderbolt from a well worked free kick. However, a calm finish from Poppy soon saw the Unicorns not just back on level terms, but with real momentum going forward. The passes that went astray in the first half started to find their target, and some wonderfully flowing play saw first Lucy and then Isla score to leave the final score 4-2.
Today’s match epitomised the Unicorns. Going forward, they looked great, but left a good few goals on the pitch. At the back, the gritted-teeth defending and intelligent distribution of Kirsty, Jess, Eloise and Louisa provided the platform necessary for the fancy stuff further up the field. A good start to the post-summer league. [GW]
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