Shrewsbury started the tournament with a match against Malvern St James. We started strongly, scoring two goals in the first two minutes – and then added a third. But MSJ came back into the game with some strong attacking play to make it 3-2 after six minutes. Shrewsbury managed to get back on top and started to play as a unit, working the ball to goal well so that the half-time score was 5-2.
After the short break, MSJ started stronger and left Shrewsbury a little on the back foot. They got the score back to 5-4, so it was all to play for until Shrewsbury found another gear, scoring another three goals before full-time to give a result of 8-4. Not our best performance, but a positive start. Goals came from Izzy Morris (3), Phoebe Wasdell (2), Georgia Kannreuther (2) and Laura Elliott (1).
Our second game came after a short break, but we had made sure we were fully warmed up and prepared and thus started strongly against Marlborough. Captain Phoebe Wasdell was on excellent form, scoring two goals in the first three minutes. Our defence stayed strong, giving Marlborough very few shooting opportunities. However, they managed to pull one back before Wasdell struck again to give us a 3-1 lead at half-time.
We dominated the second half, with another goal from the Captain plus two from Georgie Nicholas, before Willa Bowman (MSH) slotted home our seventh. Marlborough managed to score with 30 seconds left, but by this point Shrewsbury were home and dry. A great result, 7-2.
Shrewsbury were now fully warmed up and ready to go for our final game against the hosts Cheltenham Ladies. As with our previous games, we came out strong from the first draw and didn’t look back. We produced some of our best attacking performances of the afternoon and by half-time we were three goals up.
The second half followed the same pattern as the first, with Shrewsbury attacking straight from the draw and working well as a team to the goal. The final score was an emphatic 7-1 win, with goals from Kannreuther (3), Wasdell (2) and Morris (2) who was later named Player of the Tournament.
A fantastic display from the 1st XII, which bodes well for the Nationals in March.
Head of Girls’ Games