St John's School, Leatherhead Girls 1st XI vs Brighton College
On: Saturday, 08 Oct 2016
Venue: at Home
Won 2-0 (Tait, Yien)
Brighton's previous results suggested that they would be a hard side to break down, happy to put numbers behind the ball and hope for a goal on the counter. This proved to be the case as their back four tackled bravely and their midfield dropped ever deeper to crowd the D and deny clear shooting chances. After ten minutes they managed one breakaway chance which was smartly smothered by Louisa Bray but this was the last action the St John's keeper would see. From then on, John's dominated possession and moved the ball around the pitch with ease. Brighton rarely exited their half and John's sent in wave after wave of attack. On many occasions they struggled to make the final telling pass and the numbers in the box limited scoring chances. It took a wonderful solo effort from Sophie Tait to finally break the deadlock: she dribbled past three defenders before skilfully flipping the ball over the advancing keeper.
Brighton held firm until half time but more of the same was to come. John's made several changes to rest legs before the county finals on Monday yet remained fluent and in total control. Molly Saunders did well on her 1st team debut and MacCutcheon and Cornish kept things moving neatly in central midfield. Eventually, after a few misplaced corners. a slick move allowed Maya Yien to double the lead with a strong flick from six yards out. From there the victory was never in doubt and the only surprise was that no more goals went in.
This was another professional display and highly satisfactory performance. The girls practised a number of different systems and retained momentum ready for next week when they aim to win the county cup before a tricky midweek journey to Ardingly ends the half term.