Match Report
Brentwood School Girls-U14B vs  The King John School
On: Monday, 15 Jan 2018
Venue: Away

The U14Bs thoroughly enjoyed their first fixture this term, against King John School’s A team, despite losing 4-0.

From the start the team worked incredibly hard. Amy McGonigle in goal made some absolutely outstanding saves. She was very well supported in defence, especially by Elorm Setsoafia’s reliable tackles and strong hit outs. Katie Heywood also made some excellent tackles, winning the ball and making some great passes to Yasmine Puchakayala. Although we were down 2-0 at half time, the match had been pretty even with all the team agreeing at half time that our key area for improvement was keeping possession. When we maintained possession, our skill on the ball and teamwork was creating some excellent attacking play. Playing away is always a challenge but we were immediately struck by how different King John’s School astro turf was. We all agreed at half time that the speed of play and bounce of the ball was different but we knew we needed to run to meet the ball and avoid interceptions of slower passes by the opposition.

In the second half we continued to work hard, kept our heads up and played to win throughout but unfortunately King John School also came back stronger and the final score ended 4-0.

Perhaps the best part of this game however was the comment from King John School’s coach to Miss Fleming at the end of the match. She went out of her way to say how delightful the Brentwood U14B team players all were and despite the defeat she observed how they all continued to work really hard and showed great resilience.

Players player went to Yasmine Puchakayala for her skilful attacking play and Coach’s player was shared between goalkeeper Amy McGonigle and Abbie Thompson, who was playing in her first ever hockey game for Brentwood School and was a most welcome addition to the team. However all the girls should be proud of an excellent fixture, despite the disappointing result.