University of Birmingham Women’s football match

On Wednesday 8th November, myself and Miss Walton had the pleasure of taking a group of year 7 and 8 girls to watch a Women’s football match. The match took place at the University of Birmingham, under floodlights. Upon arrival the girls was given complimentary T-shirts and plastic bangers to use.

The match was between the University of Birmingham first team and

Northumbria University. It was a very close game. In the early exchanges the University of Birmingham put pressure on to Northumbria’ defence, but they held out well. Surprisingly it was Northumbria that took the lead, through a mistake from the University of Birmingham goalkeeper. The goalkeeper was trying to pass the ball out from the back of which the Northumbria striker, put pressure on and blocked the pass of which it fortunately went into the goal. Nevertheless this did not stop University of Birmingham and they continued to pile the pressure on, and scrambled a goal back after a messy corner. During the first half the girls came up with an excellent routine to cheer on University of Birmingham, even getting Rory the lion involved (mascot). The score was 1-1 at half time.

At half time the girls had the opportunity to have a penalty shoot-out at University of Birmingham second team goalkeeper, who had already played that day and won 1-0. The girls enjoyed this opportunity with some excellent shot being taken, in particular Ellie Ford.

Early on in the second half Northumbria took the lead again. This meant much of the play followed in the same vein as the first half with University of Birmingham putting lots of pressure on the defence of Northumbria. University of Birmingham tied the game, with less than ten minutes to go, with an excellent long range free kick. This meant for a frantic last few minutes with both teams trying to score the winner. Unfortunately it was Northumbria who scored, meaning the game finished 3-2 to Northumbria. The girls thoroughly enjoyed themselves despite the cold weather.

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