A promising performance for Villa ahead of 2017/18 season!
MVWFC vs Rustington Raiders , 20th August, 12:00 KO – Falmer Sports Complex
With a couple of new faces amongst the Villa line up today, it was a great opportunity to see what the team have in store for the upcoming season.
As the game kicked off at 12:00, at Falmer Sports Complex, Villa and Rustington Raiders seemed composed on the ball, moving it nicely around the pitch. The first shot on target came from Villa’s Amber Crowhurst in the 6th minute. Two minutes later saw a great cross from newcomer Catherine O’Sullivan and an unfortunate deflection from the Raiders defence, putting the ball into the back of the net, Villa go 1-0 up. With some great attacking plays from both teams, it was Katie Davyson, who managed to find her way into the 18-yard box and guide the ball into the back of the opposition’s net; Villa 2-0. 38 minutes into the first half, Rustington managed to break through Villa’s back four, taking their chance at goal but being denied by Villa’s keeper, Eli Adie. Half time saw the game held at 2-0 to Villa.
The seemingly regenerated Raiders kicked off the second half, which began with some impressive passing patterns and deep runs across the pitch. The 53rd minute, saw great cross from Rose MacLachlan which was confidently netted by newcomer Nicole White. 3 minutes later Rustington executed a great attacking play, passing round the defenders and striking the ball perfectly to fly over Adie’s head and dipping under the crossbar; 3-1. Villa continued to stay strong denying Rustington from further shots whilst making some excellent runs down the wing resulting in O’Sullivan convincingly finding the right-hand corner of the net. Another 5 minutes pass, another 2 strikes from O’Sullivan and a further one from, MacLachlan sees another 3 goals added to the score line despite valiant efforts from the Rustington keeper! At the 75th minute mark Jenna Barnard narrowly missed getting on the score sheet by hitting the woodwork. 8-1 up and keeper Adie switches with left winger, Elise Burchett and joins the team on the pitch. After a few run ins with the offside rule, Adie manages to slot one past the opposition’s keeper, fulfilling her #Imastrikeronsunday dreams! Moments before the full time whistle Crowhurst makes it 10-1 to Villa.
After a great performance,the players are looking forwards to the start of the season, which kicks off on the 10th September.
Our well deserved girl of the game goes to Catherine O’Sullivan!
MVWFC scoop two awards at the SCWGFL AGM!
Villa Women picked up both the SCWGFL “Respect Award” and “Admin Awards” at their first league AGM! Great recognition for the team who exceeded all expectation in their debut seasn and now begin to prepare for the 2017/18 – UTV!
MVWFC are pleased to announce their new sponsor, MTM Units LTD, ahead of the upcoming 17/18 season.
Villa finish their debut season with an impressive cup final performance!
Sussex County FA, 7:15pm Kick Off.
Going into the game, Villa knew that they were in for a tough game. Their opposition, Oakwood Ladies, who won the league with an impressive goal difference of 103, had beaten Villa on every occasion.
Being cheered on to the pitch by the Villa supporters, MVWFC started the game strong but 10 minutes in, a powerful shot by the opposition saw the ball hit the back of the net: 1-0 Oakwood. Despite the early goal, Villa battled hard defensively, with a number of fantastic saves from Eli Adie and some great chances on the counter attacking plays. Bryony McIndoe’s brilliant sweeping corner looked to see Villa equalise, but narrowly missing the heads of the attackers, the ball hit the woodwork and cleared by the opposition. As the whistle blew for half time, Villa knew they were very much still in the game!
Out of the changing rooms and back onto the pitch, the second half began. With work rates high, and the ball being moved from one end of the field with some impressive crosses and clearances, both teams created some fantastic goal opportunities but none being successfully executed. The 80th minute arrived and Villa knew that they needed a goal, with a change to an attacking formation, the players continued to push for a goal. Unfortunately in the 85th minute a goalmouth scramble saw Oakwood net the ball. As the final whistle blew, the game ended 2-0 to Oakwood.
Despite the loss, the players deservedly celebrated their debut season achievements until sunrise!
A fantastic finish to an outstanding season!
MVWFC feeling proud after their cup final performance and outstanding debut season
MVWFC vs Maccabiah GB Women’s FC – 23rd April 2017
American Express Elite Football Performance Centre, 3.30pm Kick Off.
In preparation for the upcoming cup final, MVWFC arranged a friendly with the London based Maccabiah GB Women’s FC who are in preparation for the 20th Maccabiah Games in Israel.
Passing through security and into the training ground of the soon-to-be premier league side, BHAFC, Villa certainly felt like professionals! The facilities were a far cry from their Sunday league , grassroots football pitches to which they have become accustomed to. Soaking up the atmosphere, the sound of the kick off whistle, sent the adrenaline pumping. It was a fairly even battlefield for the first 35′ with some great attacking plays from both sides. A curling corner from the opposition saw the GB team clinch the first goal of the game. The re-energising half time break lead to some exciting play again by both sides but this time a fantastic cross by Jasia Lisicki and a great finish by Georgia Egner, saw Villa bring it back to 1-1. Shortly after came a powerful shot by Rosie MacLachlan putting the ball firmly in the oppositions net; 2-1 to Villa. Game play continued with both teams ramping up the effort. Around the 75′ mark, the GB team broke through the defence and slotted the ball in the bottom left corner. Neither team seemed content on ending with a draw, so game play intensified which lead to a penalty been given against villa in the last 10′, which was effortlessly netted; 3-2 to Maccabiah. Eager to pull one back, Villa continued the battle and with one of the final kicks of the game, MacLachlan took a hopeful shot from just outside the 18 yard box , which started to dip as it flew through the air, it was looking promising but unfortunately rebounded off the woodwork. The final attacking play brought the full time whistle. Final score 3-2 to Maccabiah GB Women’s FC.
Despite the slim loss, overall, it was an extremely promising team effort from Villa who continue working hard for their cup final on the 19th May against Oakwood FC. UTV!
Girl of the game: Aislinn Kennedy
MVWFC keeping it classy and remembering their grassroots after a match at the soon to be premier league BHAFC training ground, enjoying some well deserved chocolate cake in the car park!
VILLA WOMEN MAKE CUP FINAL!
MVWFC vs Worthing Town Ladies Reserves – Sussex Women’s League Challenge Cup: Semi-final, 26th of February 2017
Palatine Park, 2.30pm Kick Off.
What started off as a seemingly and perhaps uneventful game, certainly ended with some excitement! For the first 30′, the match appeared to have reached a stalemate, with both teams having the occasional shot but unsucessfully impacting the score line! This was soon to change as the opposition made a crunching tackle just outside the box giving MVWFC a free kick in a prime goal-scoring area. A great cross into the box by Georgia Egner and an outstanding header by Uxue Astiz put the ball in the back of the net giving Villa their first (and well needed) goal of the semi-final. Game play continued, both teams battled hard, perhaps too hard at times, resulting in our first yellow card being given to Karen Smith (the most unlikely player to ever receive a booking!). Worthing Town Ladies Reserves ran a number of opportunistic attacking plays but the strong defence and excellent keeping kept the goals at bay. This equal play continued after half time and up until the 75th minute when a rather blatant handball in the box was given against Worthing Town. A clean and tidy penalty taken by Egner, gave Villa a 2-0 lead. For the last 15′, MVWFC dominated play, minutes after the second goal came Rosie Maclachlan’s strike hitting the top right corner; 3-0 to Villa. The MVWFC weren’t stopping there as G.Egner tucked another in past the keeper. The last corner of the game saw Anna Roskilly, stepping up the pitch and getting her first goal of the season, ending the game at an impressive 5-0. Villa will face league winners Oakwood Ladies FC in the Final – Date and time TBC.
Girl of the Game: Georgia Egner
Villa looking like finalists!
Photo credit: Roger Bartlett
MVWFC vs Oakwood Ladies FC, 18th of September 2016
Wish Park, 2.30pm Kick Off
Monpelier Villa’s second league games marks their first unfortunate loss. Oakwood had a strong start, scoring their first goal in the first 15 minutes of the game. Whilst MVWFC equally had a strong game, Oakwood FC had an advantage over them, as they are a tight-knit team that has played together for years, since they were in an under 12s team. Additionally the opposition seemed to be very well managed by their coaches. Despite the final score of 0-4 all the Villa players came away from the game with a positive mind-set, ready to avenge themselves when MVWFC meets Oakwood again further down the line. Next week’s game will be a home game against Lancing. Montpelier Villa Women are ready to come back having learnt from last week and are planning on asserting themselves in the league.
Girls of The Game: Charlotte Smyrk and Bryony McIndoe
First league game – Pagham Ladies FC vs. MVWFC, 11th of September 2016
Pagham Football Club, 2pm Kick Off
Seeing as it was Montpelier’s first league game, MVWFC had an expected rocky start. Pagham Ladies on the other hand got off to a strong start and went up by 1-0 after their first shot on target, just minutes into the game. After a rough tackle MVWFC were awarded a free kick, which Rachel Baugh sunk into the back of the net, equalising the game and giving Montpelier the push they needed. The game was packed with goals as Rachel scored her second goal of the game, shortly followed by great goals from both Rosie Maclachlan and Georgia Egner, while Pagham got another one in the net as well. The score at half time was 4-2 for Montpelier Villa’s Women’s team. As Pagham came out fighting after half time, Georgia Egner shot them down by making it 5-2. The opposition did quickly retaliate, scoring and making it 5-3 and giving Montpelier a run for their money. The teams were seemingly level pegged for the next 20’ or but Montpelier stayed ambitious until the end, which is reflected in the final score of 7-3 for Montpelier: Rachel Baugh and Georgia Egner (Penalty) scored the last two goals of the game. Katie Davyson gave a stunning performance and rightly earned the first title of the year, being named “Girl of The Game”. With everyone pumped and ready, Montpelier can’t wait for next week’s game against Oakwood!
Captain: Charlotte Smyrk
Girl of The Game: Katie Davyson
Rachel Baugh (3)
Georgia Egner (3)
Rosie Maclachlan (1)
Preseason Friendly – MVWFC vs. Worthing Ladies FC Falmer Sports Complex, 3pm Kick Off The 21st of August marked Montpelier Villa WFC vs. Worthing Ladies FC. It the first friendly of the season and Montpelier’s first game together. It was an unfortunate loss, as the on-pitch effort from both teams was equal. The game ended on a final score of 6-2 to Worthing. MVWFC saw two wonderful goals from Rosie MacLachlan, and multiple impressive saves from Elinor Adie. To say the score didn’t reflect the game is an understatement. The players are keeping their heads high and not focusing too much on the score but more on the effort that everyone put in. The newly formed team shows promising talent and motivation for the upcoming season. While fitness is something to be worked on (after a long summer break for most!), ambition seems to be in abundance. MVWFC’s next friendly is scheduled for the 7th of September 2016 against the University of Sussex Women’s Football Team. The game will take place at the Falmer Sports Complex 3G pitch at 7.30pm