An update from our four girls' teams, as they get underway for 2020.
Throughout the month, the girls have hosted sides from Winchester and Mudeford Phoenix.
The game against Winchester was a thrilling fixture for the youngsters, which saw multiple attempts on goal for both sides. AFC Bournemouth shot-stopper Katelyn was in great form and she maintained a brilliant performance throughout.
The second fixture against Mudeford Phoenix saw four different goalscorers; Ruby, Niamh, Zuzanna and Teagan. It was a great performance all round.
The under-12 girls remain unbeaten all month, picking up six points in the league and securing their place in the semi-finals of the Hampshire Cup.
The first victory came against Southampton, where a goal each from Zara and Bobbi consolidated a fine team performance.
The second league fixture pitched the Cherries up against Mudeford Phoenix. The AFC Bournemouth girls went ahead when Bobbi finished, before Phoebe M. found the bottom corner. It was 3-0 at half time, as another through ball to Bobbi was tucked away by Charley. Mudeford went on to score twice in the second half and nearly managed to steal a point, but Bournemouth cleared one off the line to hold onto the win.
Meanwhile, a 3-0 victory over New Milton in the Hampshire Cup will now see the Cherries play AFC Portchester in the semi-final of the competition. A brace from Zara, as well as a strike from Amelia, secured the win.
AFC Bournemouth’s under-14s recorded their first victory of 2020 with a convincing 4-0 win over visitors Andover. Georgia struck a superb free-kick to open the scoring, before she doubled the lead after finishing a cut-back from Aimee C. Another two goals would follow in the second half, with Amiee L. and Talulla netting.
Their second fixture of the month was the Hampshire Cup quarter-final tie away to Portsmouth. The Cherries were dominant in the opening exchanges and carried on pressurising throughout the game, with a hat-trick from Lucy sending the visitors through.
Three Junior Premier League fixtures this month saw the Cherries host Yeovil Town, whilst also playing West Ham home and away. The girls started the month with defeat to Yeovil, as Mia got a consolation in a 5-1 defeat.
A visit to London was next, as the young side beat West Ham 3-1. Taking the lead just ten minutes in, Be-Be won possession in the final third before sliding in Lucy who slotted the ball home. Lucy’s brace, plus a goal from Mia, secured the win, despite a late goal for West Ham threatening a comeback.
The following weekend, West Ham made the trip down to the south coast where the Cherries would pick up another three points. Both teams were good in front of goal, but the hosts out-scored their opponents with two goals from Hannah H. and individual contributions from Rhiannon, Elle, Lucy and Kitty.
Finally, the under-16 girls secured their place in the Hampshire Cup final with a 3-2 victory over Eastleigh. Elle’s strike from the edge of the box, followed quickly by Be-Be’s finish, saw the Cherries take the lead, before Eastleigh pulled one back just before half-time. Lily then scored her side’s third goal with a brilliant run down the left-hand side, moments before Eastleigh netted their second. Despite their best efforts, the opposition were unable to build momentum to find the equaliser and it will be the girls who play New Milton in the Hampshire Cup Final in March.