Having reached all three Cotswold League finals Dormer House were willing to host a complete set of matches at the Fire Service College, Moreton in Marsh. The first two games proved to be very close, but ended in disappointment for the home side. Strangely, both finals resulted in 4-3 score lines.
A Team Final
Holders Dormer House had already been beaten 2-1 by Ilmington and finished well down their qualifying group, yet they finished the season in fine form and sneaked past St Catharines to earn a place in the final.
It took eleven minutes for either team to create a solid goal chance, in a period dominated by defences until Jensen Armstrong passed across for Joe Lewis to convert a simple deflection for Ilmington. The minute after a score is always dangerous and so it proved when Dormer House's Finlay Holland-Bird stopped an Ilmington free hit and was allowed too much room. He took the ball from deep in defence to the edge of the goal area and shot home. Defence once again took hold and the first period continued without a score.
The second period carried on in a similar vein until the eighth minute when Zac Tremellen's run and pass was tucked home by Jack Homans. It was his first goal of the season and could not have been at a better time. Soon after Armstrong robbed a defender and increased the Ilmington lead to 3-1. It took just a few seconds for Holland-Bird to pull one back and return the momentum to the holders. Even when Ilmington attacked they were inevitably stopped by a defence in which Holland-Bird and Milo Moore were outstanding. This gave time for the former to mount another attack, his pass to Ethan Cooper leading to the equaliser.
Moving into the last three minutes the clock was stopped at every blast of the whistle. Eventually it was an unlucky bounce off a defender which crept into goal off Armstrong's wide shot which decided the title. Two and a half minutes remained and Dormer attacked desperately. This left an opening which allowed Ilmington a clear shot, but it pinged off the post. Holland-Bird shot wide in the final seconds for what proved to be their final chance.
The match was very well controlled by Chloe Whitworth and Jodie Bandeira in their uniform sponsored by Chloe's father Simon Whitworth and his plumbing business. David Rushby was the referee observer and was able to pass on good feedback after the match.
Winning team: Gabino Hernadez-Hall, Sonny Groves, Zac Tremellen, Freddie Hall,Megan Rowan, Jensen Armstrong, Joe Lewis, Louis Adcock, Rhys Devereux, Tilly Kinchin, Jack Homans. Also, Will Morris played in all the qualifying matches.
This was always going to be a close game, the teams fighting out a pair of 1-1 draws in their previous matches. Temple Guiting did have a better scoring record throughout the league programme and found the larger playing area very much to their liking. Millie von Wedel, Millie Swait and Lettice Tilley-Loughrey combined up front to set up a lot of scoring chances. Von Wedel's early pass to Tilley-Loughrey put them 1-0 up. Dormer House had their own opportunities, hitting the post before von Wedel latched onto Swait's pass to make it 2-0. Dormer goalkeeper Sophie Campbell was forced into a string of saves and kept her team in the game. A rare attack resulted in a free hit close to the Temple Guiting goal area which was sent straight into goal by Maisie Smith to pull one back. Unfortunately a late lapse allowed Tilley-Loughrey's shot through a crowd of players to creep past Campbell for a 3-1 half time lead.
The second half stagnated for a while before Tilley-Loughrey received a pass from defence, passed to von Wedel who shot home. With a 4-1 lead and thirteen minutes to go Temple Guiting appeared to be unassailable. Von Wedel picked up every rebound as the shots kept coming in, but Campbell kept them at bay. Meanwhile, at the back Izzy Weatherley in particular kept Dormer House away from the Temple Guiting goalkeeper.
The comeback finally started with just two minutes left. Georgia Wasdell robbed an opponent and shot home for 4-2. A minute late she converted Smith's pass to make it 4-3. Temple Guiting were tiring at last. Dormer House kept on attacking, finishing off with a close in free hit which rattled around amongst the defenders, flirted with the goal line, before gently rolling wide. Temple Guiting had earned their first Girls' League title.
Winning team: Millie von Wedel, Millie Swait, Lettice Tilley-Loughrey, Daisy O'Brien, Izzy Weatherley, Laura Mills, Mary Maude.
On Wednesday, 25th April 2018 at Fire Service College, Dormer House play St James & Ebrington in the 'B' Team Final, which will be the final match of the season. Invitations to play in the 2018-2019 Season, the twenty third played at CCS.
The Cotswold Foorball League 'B' Team Competition started tonight. The CCS team exhibited their best spell of teamwork of the season against a determined young Willersey team, racking up a goal a minute, with the three lines all scoring and changing frequently. This showed a great respect for opponents who were capable of scoring if given the slightest chance. Malachy Jones (2), Angus Tombs (2), Jasmine Chamberlain (2) and Ruby Farrell all scored to back up a fine hat trick by Will Groves. A 10-0 win was no more than the seniors deserved, but would have been even more without the saves of Lily-Belle Wood in Willersey's goal. Blockley were able to borrow a couple of Willersey players against CCS. Tia Goodwin and Theo Beale helped keep the seniors at bay apart from goals by Tombs and Chamberlain. CCS selected several former pupils against St James, three of them scoring. Oliver Solomon, Olivia Peachey and Jones all netted in a match where goals were very hard to come by.
St James earned top qualifying spot in the group with wins over the other primary schools. They defeated Blockley 3-0, Oliver Haydon and Oliver Beale - twice - making the difference. Willersey also earned a 3-0 win over Blockley, Theo Beale netting twice, sandwiching a goal by Goodwin.
The best match of the night was between Willersey and St James. Theo Beale put Willersey ahead and had most of the play until Haydon equalised on the break. Saints now pressed forward, going ahead again through Haydon. Saints were also strong in defence, but conceded a free hit close to goal. Theo Beale spotted a gap at the end of the defence wall and slotted home the equaliser. St James pressed on once more and were denied several times by Wood, but not even she could prevent Haydon's hat trick for the late winner.
CCS 3-0 St James
CCS 2-0 Blockley
CCS 10-0 Willersey
St James 3-0 Blockley
St James 3-2 Willersey
Willersey 3-0 Blockley
On 7th November Girls' Team competition continues when CCS, Mickleton, Ilmington, Temple Guiting and Dormer House meet.