Norwich City Girls round-up
Norwich City Girls U12 played North Walsham U12 in the League Cup.
Norwich made a good start with Emily shooting wide. Norwich then gave away a free-kick which was deflected wide of the goal. From her first corner Rachel crossed for Emily to volley home.
North Walsham won another free-kick but the danger was cleared by Chloe. Norwich then started to press forward and a pass from Beth reached Shana who with a well-taken shot made it 2-0.
Norwich had shots from Emily and Rachel which went wide when they should have done better before Emily pounced on a loose pass from a North Walsham goal-kick to make the score 3-0.
Norwich then dominated with efforts from Emily, Rhiannon and Beth before Shana scored a great goal with the outside of her right boot to make it 4-0 at half time.
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With the match won,the second half saw Bryony come out of goal and play in midfield. Kate controlled the ball on the edge of the North Walsham area then slipped a good pass to Emily who scored to complete her hat-trick.
Norwich then applied more pressure and should have scored more with Rachel hitting the bar with a delicate lob. Credit to North Walsham for not giving up in what was their first competitive game of the season. Full time 5-0.
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Norwich City Girls U12 played Sprowston who got off to a flyer having the early pressure and first shot. Norwich soon got back into the game and got a few shots in from Emily, Beth and Rhiannon.
Norwich won a corner resulting in Beth shooting over the bar. Sprowston had a tame shot saved then get a free-kick which was blocked.
Cerys took a throw which Emily flicked on with her head for Rhiannon to shoot wide. Gaining possession from a poor Sprowston throw Emily split their defence with a superb pass which Rachel ran onto and calmly slotted home to give Norwich the lead .
After some Sprowston pressure Rhiannon had a moment of madness and handled the ball giving away a penalty which the Sprowston forward put wide.
Sprowston continued to apply pressure but other than a good shot which Bryony was equal to, Sprowston were restricted to long-range shooting.
Norwich started the second half putting some pressure on Sprowston with Emily and Shana working well together and Beth and Shana unlucky not to score.
Sprowston got back into the game and pushed hard for the equalizer but Bryony, Cerys and Chloe held firm at the back. Full time 1-0.
An excellent game between two well-matched teams in what is turning out to be an extremely competitive league.
Norwich City Girls U12 played at Bohemians.
Norwich started brightly and Shana was unlucky not to score after making a good run. Bohemians had a chance but it was cut out by Cerys.
Bohemians won a free kick but the resulting shot went wide. Shana scored her first goal for the club putting Norwich in front from a Cerys throw and then quickly scored her second again from another Cerys throw.
Bohemians pushed forward but lost possession and Norwich quickly counter attacked but the shot from Kate was well saved by the Bohemians keeper. Kate then miss controlled the ball but luckily it ended up perfectly for Emily to shoot home to make it 3-0 at half time.
The second half started well again for Norwich winning corners and having shots from Shana, Beth and Emily but all were saved or went wide. Bohemians won another free kick which resulted in a good clearance from Bryony. A fine fourth goal came when Rachel passed to Emily who shot on the turn into the corner. Bohemians again pushed forward producing good saves from Bryony. Norwich seemed under a pressure but with Chloe defending well Norwich kept their third successive clean sheet.
Right on the final whistle from Emily’s throw everyone thought Kate got a slight touch to make the score 5-0 but the goal was disallowed. Final score 4-0.
Norwich City Girls U10 played Sprowston. This was the first match for the Norwich City U10 playing a friendly against an established team from Sprowston.
Right from the whistle Sprowston dominated the game pressuring the Norwich goal resulting in Hannah making good saves. Norwich start to get into the game and began to hold their own and managed a shot resulting in winning a corner.
The first half ended as it started with Sprowston attacking but good defending from Jorja and Abi kept the score 0-0 at half time..
The second half saw Hannah and Jorja swap positions but things were the same with Sprowston on the front foot with shots going high or wide.
Sprowston managed to shoot wide of a Norwich open goal. They eventually thought they had scored but the goal was disallowed as the ref had stopped the game for an injury to a Norwich player. Unfortunately with five minutes to go Sprowston broke through the Norwich defence to slot home and just before the end they should have had a second but the shot was deflected onto the bar and over. Full time score: 1-0.
Despite having no subs and having to play on a large pitch the midfield of Joanna, Bronwyn and Anya and forward Bethany battled to the end and never gave up and can be proud of their first game for Norwich City U10’s. Hopefully with two more girls being available for the start of the season the future is encouraging.