A dominant Enfield performance in sun, wind and rain
Our U12's made the relatively short journey to Totteridge to play Whetstone Wanderers Youth U12 Wildcats G (Whetstone). With our girls having had no competitive game the previous weekend everyone was particularly looking forward to the match. From the start our girls took the game to Whetstone making some great tackles, putting Whetstone under pressure when they had the ball, and, creating some good passing sequences. As a result Enfield dominated the early possession and a goal for us seemed to be on the cards. And so it was when an Enfield attack down the right wing lead to a goal from close range goal for Chanel.
As the game developed a pattern emerged with Sophia dominating the central midfield for Enfield and Daisy causing difficulties for the Whetstone defence on the right. In defence Enfield seemed secure as our defenders snuffed out any Whetstone attacks with some good tackling. Then consistent Enfield pressure eventually lead to a penalty being given for a foul on Yasmin as she went passed a Whetstone defender to put herself clear on goal she was brought down. Sophia stepped up to take the penalty and coolly put the ball into the net. At this stage the only apparent risk to Enfield's dominance was posed by Whetstones counterattacking ability as they possessed an extremely quick forward. So when an Enfield attack broke down in the middle of Whetstones half the ball was picked up by a Whetstone girl who deftly passed the ball beyond our defensive line. A clever piece of running off the ball enabled Whetstone's dangerous pacey player to run onto the pass and run at our undefended goal. With our goalkeeper Rebecca looking to make herself as big as possible in order to limit the shooting options, the Whetstone player placed a great shot high into the right hand side of the goal to equalise.
With the wind picking up, combined with the occasional moderately heavy rain shower, the second half progressed in much the same manner as the first; with Enfield dominating possession in Whetstone's half and Whetstone seeking to catch Enfield on the break. However, the Enfield defence had learnt from Whetstone's first half goal, and they were quick to close down Whetstone's pacey attacker when she attempted to repeat her goal of the first half. Indeed such a scenario created what was probably the most memorable moment of the game. As with the Whetstone forward seemingly clear on goal Enfield's Isabella dashed from her right to make a fantastic tackle to stop the danger. But Enfield's good defensive work still didn't stop Danica in goal from having to make some good saves as on occasion Whetstone did breach the Enfield defence. Despite these counterattacks, Enfield continued to be the dominant team and eventually Daisy scored a third goal for Enfield to seal a deserved victory.