Mole Valley Girls
By Uche Ibemere
First game, first win
The first game of the season saw Mole Valley visit our fortress Club Langley ground, where last year U16 Reds went the whole season undefeated.
Palace started very comfortable in position, passing the ball around the defence and through the right side of the midfield. Gracie Leigh and Lauren were the early play makers from the back, creating continuous chances for the ever present Eleanor. However the tight angle meant 4 early chances were directly at the Mole Valley goalkeeper.
17 minutes into the game, Rhiannon was played in with a delicate pass from Kaylee, with her shot beating the goal keeper, however not beating the post.
Mole Valley grew into the final 15 minutes, pressing high and forcing Palace into more mistakes, less football and increased frustration.
Mole Valley took the lead with there increased pressure added with some miscommunication between Saskia and Marisa , a back pass which went past the Palace goalkeeper (Saskia), was capitalised on by the Mole Valley number 9, even the valiant effort from Saskia to dive low and still get a finger tip on the ball wasn’t enough to stop the first goal.
Soon after Libby slipped in Tami for a chance to equalise, but her finish was placed slightly wide of the keepers left. However Palace leveled 3 minutes later with a fantastic shot from Eleanor could only be pushed out by the Mole Valley keeper, straight into the path of Tami who slotted home for the equaliser.
The second half started like the first half, Palace keeping good possession with pressure from a hard working and strong Mole Valley team. Saskia seem a good leader from goal, barking out instructions to the defenders and always helping to relive the pressure by always being an option to receive the ball.
Mole Valley took the lead yet again, but this didn’t last long as Eleanor broke through and smashed in the equaliser.
Palace piled on the pressure for the last 10 minutes with Olivia constantly running in being with her strength and pace but nothing came from the pressure. However in the last 30 seconds, Rhiannon broke through, and calmly slotted the ball past the impressive Mole Valley goalkeeper to win the game.