KuHHC U14 Girls Match Report – 11th December 2016 – PROMOTION!

Match 1 vs Leeds Adel: Drew 1-1

Match 2 vs Ben Rhydding: Won 1-0

Match 3 vs Driffield: Won 1-0.

The long trek up to Thirsk brought a lot of hope for the U14 Girls team, with the focus of securing their status in YYHL Division 2 after a fantastic start to the season, with two promotions and a 100% record behind them. A squad of 16 players travelled up North to face three challenging opponents.

The first game, against Leeds Adel, was dominated in the opening stages by Adel’s midfield/strikers with Hull’s defence doing an outstanding job of keeping the formidable opponents away from the goal. However, with their first attack, Hull produced a fantastic counter attacking move with no less than six players involved in a 100-yard attacking move, leading to an excellent finish from Lydia Newell. The Hull goal was soon under siege again, only for Adel to find goalkeeper, Erin Martin-Porter in excellent form producing countless saves (including a right-handed stick save, which had the whole ground stunned!) to keep the Leeds team at bay. Unfortunately, the Hull rear-guard was broken 4 minutes before full time, as a well worked penalty corner led to a deserved Adel goal, despite the best efforts of the Hull defenders. A fair result, in a game between two excellent teams.

Minutes later, the Hull girls played their second game against Ben Rhydding, who had recently been relegated from Division 1. A blistering start from the driven Hull team led to several goal scoring chances which the team were unfortunate not to score from. With Ben Rhydding hardly venturing into the Hull half throughout the full 25 minutes it was only a matter of time before the first goal was scored, and it was coolly dispatched by Holly Truelove after excellent work from Sarah Healey and Lucy Hatfield. A fantastic performance was almost capped with an excellent short corner goal from Hollie Baker, however the ball rebounded off the post after a good save from the Ben Rhydding goalkeeper. A thoroughly deserved 1-0 win for Hull, which gave the players a lot of confidence ahead of their final game against local rivals, Driffield.

After a game off, and time to refocus, the KuH players faced a tough match against Driffield who had put in some commanding performances earlier in the day. Hull quickly started on the front, with an outstanding 50-yard run from Lucy Hatfield so nearly resulting in one of the goals of the season. During the first 15 minutes of the game, Hull had several chances to score, but were inches away from finding the goal; this didn’t stop the players from trying – and a moment of individual brilliance gave the game it’s only goal. Excellent defensive work from Isobel Gould and Faith Martin-Porter led to a free hit just outside the Driffield 25-yard line; a brief discussing an outstanding off-ball movement from the Hull attackers led to space being created for Holly Truelove, who then beat three defenders before dispatching an unstoppable shot from the top of the D, leading to jubilation from the Hull players (and coach!). Late pressure from the determined Driffield team was repelled however a short corner was given… for the last hit of the match! All 10 Driffield players camped around the Hull D, however when the ball fell to the Driffield centre forward, there was the ever-present Truelove to jab the ball away mid-air to give Hull this vital win!

With promotion to Division 1 still a possibility, the players left for sunny Hull knowing that they had given everything to the cause and only dropping one point in the process (maintaining their unbeaten start). The last match between Adel and Ben Rhydding finished 0-0, which guaranteed the Hull girls promotion to YYHL Div 1 at the first time of asking… a quite incredible achievement.

Player of the Day was a joint vote, between Erin Martin-Porter who produced outstanding goalkeeping displays and Holly Truelove – however every player in the team played with heart, pride and determination which was a pleasure to see. The girls head into 2017 on the back of 8 wins and a lone draw, with great confidence and outstanding form heading into the new year. A massive thank you to Helen our umpire, all the parents who are always incredibly supportive of all the players and to the players for all their efforts since the start of the season.

See you all in 2017!

Tom (An incredibly proud coach!)

U14 Girls Dec 2016