Unbeaten at the O40s Tournament!
The Golden Eagles travelled to Woking to take part in the South Over 40s tournament. Eagles found themselves in the strongest group but this didn’t stop their determination to do well.
The first game was against Guildford and we found ourselves under severe pressure from the start. Great defending from Susan, Bernie and Katie thwarted their attack. One of the best chances fell to Rebecca Black who ran half the length of the pitch but the Guildford defender got back to make a great tackle; 0-0 against eventual finalists.
Next was Southgate; Eagles were the better team but could not break the opposition down. Rebecca, Sherene and Susan put the defenders under pressure but the Southgate keeper made some fine saves. The breakthrough nearly happened when Susan found herself one-on-one with the keeper but it was not to be. A quick break from Southgate found Eagles outnumbered in the final minutes but Linda produced a fantastic save to keep a clean sheet; a frustrating 0-0.
Brighton and Hove, including players from Eastcote, were next who included a number of England Masters players and were the eventual winners. Eagles defended most of the game, Linda was determined in goal and Jacqui plucked a goal-bound ball out of the air; another 0-0.
Next was Eastcote and it was about time for an Eagles goal. A ball from defence found Sophie on the left, a quick switch to Vicky found the unmarked Sally who fired the ball into the circle and Sherene swept the ball into the goal. 1-0 and Eagles continued to attack with Tori driving down the right. However, Eastcote equalised with an attack with Eagles players out of position; a frustrating 1-1.
Eagles finally won against South Berks 1-0. On a heavily sanded pitch Hawks were dominant. The game was so one-sided that Eagles found that they crowded the circle, it was going to be a frustrating game. Again, an attack starting from defence found Sarah in midfield who moved the ball quickly into attack and Sherene slotted the ball past the advancing keeper.
Although unbeaten, finishing 4th in the group and drawing with both finalists, Eagles ended up in a 7th/8th place play-off. With tired legs and little reward for their unbeaten run, the final game against Reading was played at a more relaxing pace but pride was at stake. Eagles were the stronger team and ended up eventual 1-0 winners with another goal from Sherene.
Manager: Caroline Baggs
Team: Hawks - Linda, Jacs, Susan, Rebecca, Sherene, Sophie, Vicky, Sarah; Witney - Tori, Sally; Oxford - Katie, Bernie, Clare