Leaving foggy Marown, it was like a different day in St John’s, warm and sunny and a very pleasant start to Spring.
The girls were very excited for their first tournament of the season and had come up with a great formation plan and some team tactics!
Following a brief warm up and a welcome from Simon Elson, the new Women and Girls Football Development Officer for the Isle of Man Football Association, our first match was against St John’s. They had a home crowd cheering them on, as it was still lunchtime at school but we settled well into the game and everyone held their position and knew their role in the game. We created a few chances and defended well. Lucy scored the only goal of the game as Marown won the first fixture 1-0. A brilliant performance and everyone played with a smile on their face, which was lovely to see.
Our next game was against Peel and having watched them play against St John’s Second team, we knew we had a tough game coming up. We changed our game plan slightly to account for their strong, attacking team and once again our concentration during the game was superb. Lucy scored to give Marown the lead and Grace followed soon after with a super run into the box and making it 2-0. Peel scored to take the score to 2-1 and Marown kept their team spirit and determination with Lucy scoring another goal to win the game 3-1.. The girls were over the moon and as the sun was warm and they had run their socks off a big drink and a nice biscuit was very welcomed. They were also thrilled to see friends and parents watching so thank you to those that came to support us.
As we had won both matches so far, our place in the final was booked and we had to wait for the final fixtures to decide our opponents. It went to a penalty shootout between Peel and St John’s, which Peel won to mean we would play them again in the final. The girls grew slightly nervous, (so did some parents!) as they knew Peel was a strong team but once again, they settled into their play and worked excellently together to control the game. Fearne opened the scoring to take the lead 1-0 with Ameya making it 2-0 and Fearne scoring again to make it 3-0. It was fantastic to see the girls enjoying themselves and their hard work paying off. Peel scored a superb strike to take the game to 3-1 but some excellent linked up play between Lucy and Fearne saw Lucy lay the ball off to Fearne for her to score her hatrick and make it 4-1. Lucy also scored the final goal of the tournament final to make Marown the winners, 5-1. The girls really dug deep to settle happily into the tournament, keep going, follow a plan, respond to feedback, apply their skills and work together. What an amazing achievement!. Simon came to us to congratulate us on how well we played but also to say how the officials had commented on not only our play but our teamwork and good manners. We loved every minute of taking part and are pleased to celebrate our success. Well done Marown Girls Football Team 2019.