This month, the girls team kicked off their league campaigns, read more to find out how they’ve got on in their opening fixtures.
Ten league debuts were made as the youngest AFC Bournemouth age group got their season underway at home to Fawley Falcons.
Taking on the key points that they had been building on in training, the girls moved the ball well to create chances on goal. They worked hard in support of one another and provided good passing options which saw goals for Amelia, Millie, Holly and Isla Mae.
Under 12s – Nine-a-side
To kick off their season, the under-12s travelled to AFC Stoneham. The young Cherries side ran out 9-2 winners, with five different players getting on the scoresheet.
The team worked hard both in and out of possession and made the most of their chances. Izzy scored four, Seni net a brace and Clodagh added another before the break, while the final two goals were scored by Fleur and Orla, who were both making their league debut for the Cherries.
The following weekend, the team hosted Winsor in a well-contester game. An effort from Izzy after 20 minutes found the bottom corner to put the Cherries ahead, but the scoreline was level late on, as the Winsor striker found the target from the edge of the box.
Nevertheless, the Cherries bounced back with two goals in two minutes, the first an own goal and the second a near-post effort from Elsie.
Under-12s – 11-a-side
As for the under-12 girls, they recorded a 4-3 victory over local side Mudeford Girls. Lucy and Teagan both scored before half-time, while a strike from Krystal and a second of the day for Teagan gave the side victory.
In their second game of the season, away in Portsmouth, the under-21s recorded a 5-1 victory after being 1-0 down at half-time. A quick second half hat-trick from Krystal set the pace, before Tilly, who is new to the team this season, scored two excellent goals to wrap up a good result.
The under-14 girls were beaten 7-2 on the opening day of the season by a strong Tottenham Hotspur side. Isobel and Olivia H, who was making her debut in the Junior Premier League, scored the Cherries goals.
The second game of the season saw the under-14s travel to Atalanta Girls, where they would pick up three points with a 4-3 win. Starting strongly, the Cherries scored two quick goals through Zara and Amelia, but the hosts responded well and were level at half-time.
As the second half started, Atalanta were able to increase their lead further, before Amelia put the visitors back on level terms.
With just a few minutes remaining, Isobel scored her second goal in as many weeks, as her shot from the edge of the box found the bottom left corner and gave the Cherries victory.
In their third outing of the season, the under-14s drew against Kent Girls. Cherries goalkeeper Tia was forced to make some early saves, whilst at the other end of the pitch the Kent shot-stopper denied the best of Scarlett and Isobel’s chances. The game followed much of the same pattern and finished goalless.
The oldest girls age group have collected two wins so far, starting with a 3-0 victory over AFC Wimbledon. Taking the lead in the first half through Lucy, the Cherries went on to score two late goals with both Charlotte K. and Elin’s efforts finding the back of the net.
Their second game in the JPL Warriors Cup competition saw them travel to QPR and run out 7-2 winners. Lucy and Aimee made the most of their early chances putting the team 2-0 up, before QPR pulled a goal back. Scoring for the second successive week, Elin’s strike from 35 yards found the back of the net, before Holly added another with a free-kick before the break.
Despite QPR scoring first in the second half, the Cherries went on to add another three goals to their tally as Elin headed home Georgia’s corner, and Lucy and Aimee also got on the scoresheet.
Taking maximum points from their opening three fixtures, the women’s Development Squad have not only been successful in producing two great results, but also in terms of player development.
Four more players have progressed from the girls’ pathway to make their senior debuts within the Development Squad.
The opening day fixture took the team to Southampton Women’s reserves. Despite going a goal down in the first half, the team dug deep and came out on top. Faith Small and Kitty Todd scored the first goals for Dave Staddon’s side, both on their senior debuts, before Sammie Humphries netted the Cherries’ final goal.
The following weekend, the Development Squad hosted New Milton in their first home game of the season. A hat-trick from Alexis Bussell and an excellent strike from Hannah Francis saw the side emerge as 4-2 winners.
Last weekend, another tough fixture saw the Cherries come out on the right side of a 4-3 scoreline. Facing Woking in the league, Larissa White scored two, while there were also goals from Grace Morgan and former youth player Todd.