St John's School, Leatherhead Girls 2nd XI vs Cranleigh School
On: Saturday, 12 Nov 2016
Venue: at Home
After a long break, the 2nd XI showed no signs of rustiness as they brushed Cranleigh aside in arguably their best performance of the season. Despite missing key players, St John's played an extremely mature game. However, the beginning of the game did not suggest this; some impressive players in the centre of the Cranleigh midfield caused trouble and asked questions of the St John's defence. Many winding runs were made towards the back 4 of Anna Mead, Tash Davison, Nattie Cooper and Zanna McMahon. They closed the door every time, which allowed the midfield and attack to work their way into the game. With help from Fourth Form pupils, Amy Hume, Josie Key, Cecily Herbert and Sophie-Rose Russell, the tide started to turn. There was promising attacking player From Rene Spreeth and Molly Saunders in the midfield and they linked up well with the wide players. In an excellent counter-attack, Olivia Stock and Olivia Conboy played a brilliant one-two and tested their keeper; upon saving it, there was a foot on the line and a penalty flick was awarded. Anna Mead stepped up, but the keeper dived to the right to make a top-class save. The keeper was clearly going to be tough to beat. Nevertheless, St John's went 1-0 a few minutes later when Olivia Conboy snook in a loose ball. The Eagles tested the keeper several more times in the second half, but the keeper made many more impressive saves. Cranleigh, once again started the second half with the same gusto as they'd started the first, but the girls in green were patient and waited for their opportunity. Olivia Conboy scored Johns' second goal of the game. After great work from Josie Keey, Spreeth played the ball to the back post and Conboy smashed it in on the half-volley. All but 3 minutes later, Amy Hume (Fourth Form) connected beautifully with the ball on the edge of the D and the keeper could not keep it out. Cranleigh pulled a goal back to make the score 3-1, but it wasn't going to be enough. St John's were playing too well. They switched the play at the back and used the space of the flanks tremendously well. Olivia Conboy scored from a well-worked short corner in the last play of the game to make the final score 4-1. It must be said that the Cranleigh opposition were not a weak team. They were organised and had some good players. ST John's were clinical in their finishing and determined in their defending. Player of the game was Livvy Conboy for her first hat-trick as a second team player.