City Women v Longlevens
#1

The number 4 made another appearance at Meadow Park this afternoon with City beating league rivals Longlevens 4-1 in the latest pre season match. Kate Ambrey scored a brace either side of half time with 'super sub' Zoe Gabb coming off the bench to score a couple herself.  City created chances throughout the game and the Longlevens keeper was called on to make some smart saves.  All round a confident performance against a side who themselves asked a few questions and made sure City kept on their toes throughout.  All in all a most enjoyable afternoon in the sunshine.

City played in the new away kit which looked very smart I thought.  

Only two more scheduled pre season games to go now before the League and FA Cup start. Exciting times
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#2

Thought it was a deserved win, city were first to nearly every loose ball.

One thing I’ve noticed in the couple of women’s games I’ve watched is how high up the defences play - like almost on the half way line even when the opposition forwards have possession. It seems very easy to play past, is there some other tactical reason for it?

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#3

Thought the first half was very even. Some different faces in the starting eleven and City got stronger when they brought on some of the regulars.

The high line led to all of the City goals.

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(22-08-2021, 05:27 PM)Tigermatty 2.0 Wrote:  Thought it was a deserved win, city were first to nearly every loose ball.

One thing I’ve noticed in the couple of women’s games I’ve watched is how high up the defences play - like almost on the half way line even when the opposition forwards have possession. It seems very easy to play past, is there some other tactical reason for it?
Football, and the law administration (IFAB) have been, until very recently, exclusively composed of men. Women’s football was hugely popular during the late 1800’s and into the early 1900’s, many of the matches attracted bigger crowds than men’s football- google Lily Parr, arguably the equivalent to Dixie Dean. The FA banned women’s football at the end of WWI, concerned about the financial impact on the returning men’s game.
The height of an average man in the UK is ~175cm, the height of an average woman is 160cm - in old money that’s 6”. With football furniture being the same for both men & women, it is arguably harder to defend catenaccio style when the goal & the pitch is on a larger scale for women’s teams- so why bother concentrating limited coaching time on defensive drills a la Helenio Herrera, Giovanni Trapattoni or Arrigo Sacchi when you can employ a high block press & better increase your chance of the key commodity of football, that is goals. I would rather see an attacking game as opposed a defensive one.
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#5

Goals from Sunday's match are on social media (Twitter/FB/IG).

https://twitter.com/GCAFCWomen/status/14...09166?s=19
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#7

Some cracking finishes right there, nice lay-off for the second too.
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