Capital Cup Fixture Vs Godalming Ladies Development
By Paul Treacy
Dominant CPLFC Development into Quarter Finals
This Sundays’s match marked our 3rd consecutive cup competition match, in the Capital Cup, Vs Godalming Ladies Development Team, hosted at the Warren on a cold but bright day.
With a full squad, albeit with a few recovering from injuries and illness, the starting line up of Charlotte, Elle, Kaysh, Emily, Lacey, Shak, Elizabeth, Olivia, Hope, Lily and Elle started the game brightly though we had an early scare with a lucky deflection off a pass from Elle giving Godalming a chance to get behind our back four.
Within a couple of minutes CPLFC went a goal up, with Elizabeth scoring from close range, having effortlessly moved into space from a throw into the box and beating the keeper with a low shot close to her body.
It wasn’t too much longer before CPLFC were 2 goals to the good, penning Godalming in their box, and despite instances of Godalming passing well out of defence, the ball was continually turned over by Lily, Elizabeth and Olivia, and it was the latter who got on the end of a sweeping move, ending with Shak’s run and cross being swept into the roof of the net by the late arriving Olivia.
CPLFC continued to dominate the half, with efforts going over the bar and striking the post, with Godalming resorting to relying on their keeper’s long kicks, but neither Kaysh, Emily, Elle or Lacey were troubled, and Charlotte taking up spectator duties for the most part.
The third goal came from one of many corners, with Emily stabbing home from close range from a near post corner from Elle, and was soon followed up by 2 well taken goals from Olivia both after dogged ball recovery in midfield and great flank play from Hope, Lacey and Shak and Elle as CPLFC continued to dominate, begun to make personnel changes as we finished the half in total control of the game, but missed chances to increase the score with efforts sailing over the bar
HT 5 - 0
With a bright setting sun in our faces, and the slope against us in the second half, Godalming’s keep clearances were their main source of threat and they were obviously keen to keep the score down, playing with one upfront and whilst we continued to dominate, the game became scrappy with the ball spending too much time in the air.
CPLFC began to use longer passes to breach the Godalming defence and both Emily and Kaysh set up great opportunities for the strikers, however efforts were doggedly defended with Godalming content to concede corners or punt the ball out for throws, though they fashion a couple of attempts on goal after long goal kicks to their lanky striker, ably man marked by Chenelle, but nothing came of them.
With players being rotated and the opposition tiring, Chloe, Hope, Lacey and Elle and Ellie had numerous opportunities to drive at the Godalming goal, but it was the introduction of Aaliyeah, with Iesha moving into an attacking midfield role eventually paid dividends, and the 6th goal was dispatched by her with some venom after a couple of earlier opportunities were spurned.
With Godalmings defensive wall breached, CPLFC continued to pour forward on both flanks, winning numerous corners, but were not able to replicate the first half until Aaliyeah’s second goal was closely followed by an excellent top corner finish from Iesha.
FT 8 - 0