St John's School, Leatherhead Girls 1st XI vs St George's School
On: Saturday, 10 Dec 2016
Venue: at Home
The girls rounded off their season in fitting style with a performance that epitomised the term. Against the powerhouse that has been St George's, John's totally dominated and but for the visitors' exceptional goalkeeper this could have been double figures.
John's were keen to send the upper-sixth off in style and they started with frightening intensity. Chrissie Georgiou - possibly the most improved player this year - was everywhere and, together with Emily Roe, she made it near impossible for George's to play out of defense. The intensity did not let up when Lara Sibley and Sanne Senior entered the fray and, pushed on by Macy McCutcheon, Jasmin Cornish and an inspired performance from Lucie Bishop, John's laid seige to the George's goal. After only a few minutes they were ahead after a blocked corner fell to talisman and top goalscorer, Sophie Tait, who calmly pushed the ball home for her 22nd goal of the campaign.
George's only entered John's area on a couple of occasions but managed to equalise after 20 minutes with a deflected shot from a corner. But John's were not to be denied and Sanne Senior soon restored the lead with a deft touch over the keeper from an exquisite ball into the box from Macy McCutcheon.
The second half was one-way traffic as John's relaxed and showed off their passing and dynamism to the expectant crowd. They created chance after chance but were foiled by George's outstanding keeper until Chrissie Gerogiou's tenacity saw her force the ball over the line to take a 3-1 and unassailable lead. From there, Hyde, Yien and Vanstone controlled the back with their customary poise while while the rest tried their best to set up Cornish for a goal to end her St John's career. It was not to be but a comfortable 3-1 win against St George's to end what has been a fantastic season is a great result. The girls could leave heads held high knowing they have contributed much to sport at St John's. They have set the bar high and those coming through have a hard act to follow.