So yet again we headed off to the delights of the Marathon ground and we weren’t disappointed – after we cleared the pitch of rubbish we were ready to commence battle! We had been drawn in this round of the cup to the talented Ebbsfleet Red and Southwark & Lambeth who we knew nothing about.
Our first game was against Ebbsfleet – this was a cracker; both teams attacking, the Lions played some great football and at one stage we must have kept the ball for at least a minute without the oppo touching it - great play on small pitches like these.
I have said all season that this is one of the best set of players I have managed, we made five changes to last weeks starting line-up and it made no difference as the girls produced another good performance to end the year on a high. We now have twenty one league points from a possible twenty four and we have also secured a place in Mays League Cup Final.
I felt that we started a bit sluggish but once they got into their stride there was no stopping them. Francesca scored a fantastic hat-trick, all her goals were good but her third one was something special hitting a glorious shot into the top corner. Shannon was once again bang on form, she scored another two good goals but her crossing was absolutely fantastic, she finished the game as usual with another visit to A&E and she now has her photo in reception.
On Sunday the Tigers made the short trip to the Marathon Ground for the second round of the Challenge Cup.
Tigers started against Cray & appeared quite nervous & were slow out of the blocks. Lee kept the Tigers in the game with a string of fine saves. Secnd half the Tigers were a different team & took the game to Cray. But despite some great play & passing moves neither team could score.
The Tigers were then straight into the next match against Kent White. Another tough match against a well organised team. We started much better than the last game, but it was a very open end to end game with neither team scoring. The final match was between Cray & Kent, with Cray winning 4-2. So having not lost a single cup match the Tigers find themselves being knocked out!
Long Lane 0 - 0 Cray Piranhas
Kent Football 0 - 0 Long Lane
Very Well played Tigers, we are extremely proud as coaches on how far you have progressed during 2014.
Long Lane Senior Ladies Reserves team are looking for new players to join us now. We are currently top of the Kent Division of the South East Counties League and in a league cup competition. We're a successful and friendly team who just need a few more ladies - have to be aged 16 or over - to boost our numbers. We train every Tuesday from 8.30pm-9.30pm at Long Lane and play on Sunday afternoons around Kent and South-east London. Please call Matt Bell on 07810 637021 if you're interested.