The latest round of from the four AFC Bournemouth girls' teams.
Last weekend, AFC Bournemouth’s under-10 girls welcomed AFC Portchester to Bournemouth School for Girls for their next league fixture.
The Cherries had a great fast start to the game, and were confident in possession, however during this period they were unable to create any clear-cut chances.
After a period of possession from the Bournemouth side, the tables turned and AFC Portchester began to apply pressure with a good press.
In attack, Portchester moved the ball well, and in the first half the AFC Bournemouth girls struggled to deal with their forward passes, but this was much improved in the second period of the game.
The competitive fixture started with both teams attacking and creating early chances. Southampton were the early pace-setters and were taking advantage of the slow AFC Bournemouth start.
Despite creating most of the early chances, Southampton were able to finish these with goalkeeper Maddie playing well to deny them, and the Cherries began to grow into the game.
The AFC Bournemouth girls, however, were also not taking their chances throughout the first half, and it was still a stalemate at the break.
The second half continued much the same way, with both teams having chances to score, but as the clock ran down, neither team had been able to find the back of the net.
In the final attack of the game, AFC Bournemouth got the winning goal from Aimee C. after some great work down the left-hand side by Tallulah.
Saturday’s win sees the Cherries go top of the table, with three wins in four league games.
The game began at a good tempo, with the Cherries controlling the early stages.
The lead was taken by AFC Bournemouth after just five minutes, when Hannah H. picked up the ball on the edge of the box, swivelled past her marker and sent it crashing into the roof of the net.
The lead was extended when two minutes later, Ellie picked up the ball in midfield and slid a lovely through-ball to Lucy, who broke the last line of defence to slot the ball into the corner.
This dominance continued for the Cherries, as Faith scored the final goal of the half to secure her side led at half time.
The second period saw AFC Bournemouth playing with the wind, but despite this they were still able to control the game for large spells and restricted the counter-attacks from the opposition.
A spell of pressure in our defensive third led to a penalty being conceded. Cherries shot-stopper, Orlaith, dived the right way and saw the ball go wide of her right-hand post.
AFC Bournemouth responded well to this and, following a good spell of possession, Freya broke past the centre-half to slot the ball into the far corner.
Another pleasing performance and three points for the Cherries.
AFC Bournemouth’s under-16 girls travelled to Petersfield for last weekend’s league fixture.
Playing on a 4G pitch, the Cherries started the game by passing the ball well. The early possession created the first chances, with both Be-Be and Erin shooting just wide.
As the first half continued, AFC Bournemouth won a corner, which was well taken by Abby. Grace M. was on the receiving end of it and she expertly directed the ball past the Petersfield goalkeeper to give the Cherries the lead.
No further goals were scored during the first half, and the second period continued with the Cherries playing some nice football. Excellent combination play involving Maddie and Lily created an opportunity for Rhiannon to get a shot away and double the AFC Bournemouth lead.
As the game continued, Petersfield tried on several occasions to play a long ball over the defensive line, which won them a free-kick just outside the eighteen-yard box.
The kick was taken well, and despite the Cherries’ shot-stopper’s best efforts, Petersfield pulled one back.
AFC Bournemouth retaliated well and excellent link-up play from Abby and Millie created an opportunity for Lily, on the right-hand side, to cut the ball back to Be-Be for her to score the final goal of the game.
The under-16s consequently too took all three points in a 3-1 victory.