Wow where do I start? St Michaels, drawn away to St Dennis in the Semi-final of the CSFA Girls Shield. The task ahead of us, a team that had beaten ArchBishop Benson 4-1 in the first round away, then Alverton 8-1 away. Our route to the semi-final was a bye in the first round, then a scrappy (but well fought) 1-0 win at St Ives. I have to say I was expecting a very tough game.
When we eventually arrived-Mr Burley's navigational skills were questionable again-the brief was to keep a solid defence and to attack on the break. Half way through the first half the plan was going well as Fenella broke away from their defence and leathered a ball into the bottom corner, 1-0 St Michaels. The game continued and St Dennis's very tall midfielder (she made Alice look short) shot from the right hand side, just evading Lily's hand- 1-1. Frustrated, we decided that we would go again. Just before half time Fenella broke away, bottom corner again 2-1. Mr Burley was jumping up and down on the side line with glee- half time. The second half was wave after wave of attack from St Dennis, but we held firm until half way through the second half, again I believe it was a thunderbold from this powerful midfielder. The game ebbed and flowed each way now until in the last 20 seconds Fenella and Charley linked up well and Charley shot, but just wide.
Extra time came and went with both teams cancelling each other out. So it was a dreaded penalty shootout. We decided to shoot first. The first 3 penalties could decide this, but they had this tall midfielder in goal. Charley missed, they missed. Jessica shot- goal- they missed. It was down to Fenella, oh so close, but just over the bar. They shot and scored. The rest of the players took their penalties, Lily saving almost every one, but only Katy scored and so did they.
End of the penalties and we were 2-2, sudden death penalties now. Charley missed and their shot just creeped in. Game over, such a cruel way to lose.
The whole of St Michaels are so proud of the girls and what they have achieved this year.