Another busy weekend for the AFC Bournemouth girls teams saw all four sides in action, with the under-16s playing their Hampshire Cup final game on Saturday afternoon.
To get us started, the under-10 girls faced Mudeford under-10s in another great game, which saw both teams have plenty of chances. Phoebe M’s goal epitomised how the side were trying to play football, with one-twos creating the opportunity for her to finish.
Defensively, the girls played well and put into practice what they had been covering in training, making it difficult for Mudeford to create chances. Krystal and Zuzanna continued their goal-scoring streak, both netting during the game.
Much like the under-10s the under-12s also faced Mudeford this week in what was a very competitive game.
Kelcey opened the scoring for the Cherries, netting from Amiee L’s corner. This was quickly followed by her second goal of the game, after some great work down the wing from Izzy.
With the second half underway, Mudeford had an early chance which was expertly palmed away by Kayleigh in the Bournemouth goal. Despite the best efforts of both teams neither could add any more goals to the game and it ended 2-0.
In a top-of-the-table clash, AFC Bournemouth under-14 girls travelled to Winchester City Flyers.
The hosts took the lead in the fixture after just six minutes when the Cherries failed to clear the ball and the Winchester striker finished low into the bottom corner.
The scoreline was levelled as Hannah F’s strike hit the back of the net, before Lucy hit a brace to put the Cherries 3-1 up at half-time.
The second half continued much the same as the first, as Elle capped off her good performance with a composed finish, before Kitty scored an eight-minute hat-trick.
Some good sweeper plays from Orlaith maintained a healthy scoreline until three minutes from time when Winchester grabbed their second of the game, but it wasn’t enough as the Cherries took the three points with a 7-2 win.
AFC Bournemouth under-16 girls faced Southampton Women under-16s in the Hampshire Cup Final.
The game started at a fast pace, as Southampton pushed the Cherries back straight from kick off. The Bournemouth back-line absorbed the pressure well and settled down to play some nice football.
Lily H. and Abby were making good runs down both wings, combing well with midfielders Erin and Lucy to create chances.
It was from one of these runs that Lily H. was to put the Cherries ahead, meeting Erin’s low cross at the back post.
The goal filled the Cherries with confidence, as they went on to have further chances, with Larissa and Be-Be both testing the ‘keeper.
The second half saw Southampton start quickly again, with Bournemouth being forced to defend well.
Their lead was soon extended when Erin took on two defenders, cut inside and fired home a brilliant goal from a tight angle.
Southampton responded immediately and following some good play in midfield and pulled a goal back with an impressive long-range effort.
From the re-start, both sides were working hard to find the next goal however couldn’t break through and find another. As a result, the game finished 2-1 to the Cherries, who retain their Hampshire League Cup winners status.