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U15 Wasps Narrowly Miss out on Cup Glory

posted 14 Jul 2014, 15:32 by Web Admin   [ updated 14 Jul 2014, 17:15 ]

Just as Argentina were preparing for their World Cup Final appearance in Brazil, Watford Ladies U15 Wasps 7-a-side team were preparing for their attempt at domination in the Chris Brooks Hemel Sevens Tournament on Saturday 12th July. Just like Argentina, our wasps were preparing to play in weather that replicated that of Rio de Janeiro in the height of summer, but the blistering heat wasn't going to stop the particular swarm from having their own Cup Final.

After a slow start with a 0-0 draw against AFC Kempston Rovers in the first of 4 group games, Watford found their form with a 1-0 win over Kings Langley FC with Sophia Citro getting to only goal whilst Katie Rimmel and Hannah Reed put in a magnificent defensive performance, This was followed by a dominating 3-1 winning display against Queens Park Rangers in which Angel Frost and Goalkeeper Courtney Brunette starred. Sophia grabbed a brace with Angel providing them whilst grabbing the 3rd for herself.
The only blip in form was when the Wasps lined up against long time adversaries and old friends Evergreen Girls u14's, for the first time in a competitive scenario, where a solitary goal was enough to see Evergreen get the points and snatch 3rd place.
Our Wasps still topped the group and were through to the Semi-final where they met QPR once again.
This time the opposition proved a stronger test but Angel managed to pick up the ball outside the area and dribble in past 2 players then passing the ball inside the post, beyond the keeper.
It was park the bus time as QPR continually threatened to equalize time and time again and would have won the game by three or four goals if it wasn't for the classy display of double and triple saves by Courtney in goal. Keelie was impressive with her versatility throughout the tournament and Mikhela showed time and time again her creativity and neat passing to create chances in front of goal.

This truly was a full on Team effort to get to the final, as the team captained by Georgie Lee impressed with her free floating role as defensive midfielder. 
The other Semi-Final was between AFC Kempston and Evergreen with the former taking the win, so the final was to be contested by AFC Kempston Rovers and Watford Ladies Wasps in a re-run of the Golden Girls first game of the tournament.

With the harsh, mid-afternoon  Brazilian-like heat now taking its toll on all the players out there, Watford were really going to have to dig deep to find the energy to overcome the physically strong Kempston.
5 minutes in, the breakthrough came. Angel made a weaving run from midfield to the right hand post and passing straight across the face of goal for Sophia to slot in at the back post. 1-0 to Watford. 
3 minutes later however a the ball was played through the Watford defence for the kempston striker to run onto and knock past the onrushing Courtney who had no chance of getting to it. 

The pressure continued to be intense with both sides continuing to carve out scoring chances, but as the tiredness grew neither could capitilise. It had been a long, hot day of football and everyone an given everything they could. The referee blew the whistle after 13 minutes to signal that the Hemel Sevens Champions would be decided by way of a penalty shoot-out.

Whilst Watford's Coach, Mark will insist his side were the dominant force throughout the tournament and fully deserved the victory, it was Kempston Rovers who came away with the title, winning 4-3 on penalties.

Another Cup Final appearance for Watford Ladies U15 Wasps and just like Argentina found out the following day, a runners up trophy was much less than what these players deserved.
Although Sophia's display, scoring 3 goals was impressive, it was Courtney with her unbelievable shot stopping and consistent solid goalkeeping that won the votes of her team mates as Player of the Tournament.