G Folkestone Invicta Girls U18's - Match Report

13 March 2016 / Ashford Angels v Folkestone Invicta

After having last Sunday’s fixture postponed, Folkestone Invicta travelled the short distance to Ashford to face the Angels for the third time this season. A win for the SBC sponsored side would all but ensure a firm grasp on the league title so a good start was a must. Invicta started without a recognized goal keeper with midfielder Simone Lovell donning the gloves.

The game started at a frantic pace and the Folkestone girls took time to settle. The tight pitch not lending itself to the Invicta style of play but eventually they took control and began to dominate in all areas of the park. Avery and Cooper were running the central midfield and looked comfortable and in control for the majority of the game and were linking up well with MacLennan, Field and Godden. Paige finding herself threaded through but placing her shot wide. Any Angel’s attacks were thwarted by the Invicta back three of Brown, Bramwell and Golightly respectively who were solid throughout and Lovell in goal coped admirably with all she had to deal with. Indeed it was from Lovell that the break- through came just before the halftime ,clearing the ball long for the Ashford defence to play back to Katie Cooper who played a delightful ball in to Godden who smashed it past the Angels Keeper. 0-1. A quick change saw Avery, MacLennan and Field make way for Bryce, Stokes and Spice who all settled in quickly and kept the tempo of the game flowing in Invicta’s favour. Half time 0-1.

The second half continued as the first had ended with Invicta on the attack. Countless pressure however could not be converted into goals. Hannah Spice was becoming a thorn in the side of the Angels right back not giving her any time on the ball and forcing her to give up possession. Just as Spice was getting on top of her game though Invicta were forced to make a change as she began to feel unwell. MacLennan replaced young Hannah as she could no longer continue. The second goal from the Invicta girls was worth waiting for. Playing out from the back the ball was moved quickly through the midfield by way of some lovely two touch passing. MacLennan received on the edge of the box and played a wonderful one two with Godden, Paige’s return ball was perfectly weighted into the path of Erin who placed the ball beyond the keeper to make it 0-2.

Although securing the second goal Invicta continued to push forward. Cooper was putting in a shift with some hefty ball winning challenges and was replaced by Avery as she picked up a knock. It was as Folkestone were pushing forward that Ashford hit them on the counter attack and were rewarded with a well taken goal. This re-focused Invicta ensuring no further slip ups. A fingertip save by Lovell in goal brought hearts to mouths in the closing stages but Folkestone managed to see the game out with a 1-2 win.

A good win against an Ashford side that have been blowing hot and cold of late. A good solid team performance however from Invicta, Laurel Bryce playing particularly well in midfield but the back three of Brown, Bramwell and Golightly were outstanding all day. Opposition player of the match went to Jess Bramwell. This now means that Folkestone now have one hand on the League Title and should make for an interesting game at home next week to Footscray Lions. Well done.

Final Score: Ashford 1 - Folkestone Invicta 2

 

28 February 2016 / Folkestone Invicta v Gravesham

This home tie against Gravesham had been an eagerly awaited fixture with both teams looking to gain the advantage in the race for the League title. Having drawn the previous league meeting Invicta knew that they had a hard game ahead and so it proved to be.

Folkestone normally in the ascendency, were rocked within the first minute as United surged forward and hit an early cross in which Georgia Doble dropped at the feet of the incoming forward. 0-1 Gravesham. Invicta’s normal passing and moving game deserted them in the early stages and they struggled to impose themselves in the first ten minutes. That soon changed as a quick combination in midfield allowed Katie Cooper to split the United defence with an inch perfect pass for Paige Godden to run onto. Paige lifted her head and took the shot early beating the keeper at the far post to make it 1-1.

Folkestone then seemed to regain their confidence and the midfield pairing of Cooper and Charlotte Avery took control and dominated the proceedings with some tough tackling and quick attacking football. Both wide players were receiving lots of the ball with both Erin MacLennan and Nicole Stokes driving into good positions only to be denied by some excellent Gravesham defending. Indeed the break-through for Invicta came from a quick attack down the left wing where Cooper and MacLennan combined to see the latter skip through only to be brought down 25 yards out. From the resultant free kick Erin lifted the ball over the United keeper to make it 2-1 Invicta. This was closely followed by a rare foray into the box for Avery who only just slid the ball wide. Invicta brought Zoe Field on for Stokes just before the break. Half time 2-1 Folkestone.

The second half began and it was a full 20 minutes before anything of any note took place. Both teams cancelling each other out in the final third with some solid defending by both sets of players. Then just as Invicta were taking control Gravesham broke away and forced a corner. The set piece was poorly defended and the United players reacted quicker to the loose ball to head home. 2-2. Once again Invicta had to dig deep. Although Gravesham had equalized they began to tire and Folkestone regained some composure and really started to stretch the United back four. A quick change saw Laurel Bryce replace Natsha Brown who had a really solid game at right back. Laurel was very quickly involved and performed well under pressure playing simple balls forward to allow Invicta to counter. Folkestone were getting more and more of the ball and some neat intricate passing around the 18 yard box found Godden who drilled the ball at the keeper who initially did well to get her body behind it but unfortunately it spun over her into the net to give Invicta a 3-2 lead.

The final 10 minutes was a rather nervy affair with Gravesham pushing forward but Doble in goal coped well with a number of good saves. MacLennan made way for young Hannah Spice and her tireless running caused problems for the away team as she did not give the back four any time on the ball. A relieved Folkestone welcomed the final whistle and a deserved 3-2 win. This puts Invicta in the driving seat as far as the league title is concerned. Though there are still a few games to play. A big hand goes to Kevin Baxter and his Gravesham team. All three encounters between both sides have shown the competitive nature and ability within girls football. Some tough tackling by both sets of players but played in the correct spirit. Also well done to Erin MacLennan named as player of the match by the opposition.

Finally the team and coaches wish to wish to thank Shepway Building Contractors for their continued support though the years for Girls football. Thank you

Final Score: Folkestone Invicta 3 - Gravesham 2

 

7 February 2016 / Swale Ladies v Folkestone Invicta

Folkestone Invicta travelled to Sittingbourne early on Sunday to take on Swale Ladies in the return league fixture without a goalkeeper for the second week running and also without Olivia Fox who has been an ever present in the centre of the Invicta defense. With Zoe Field taking up the goal keepers position the girls started quickly asserting themselves on the game from kick off. Slick passing and movement allowed the Folkestone girls to run through the opposition at will and Erin MacLennan quickly punished the home team by outstripping the back four and beating the keeper at her far post. Erin very quickly followed that up by an identical attack and placed the ball in the same place to make the score 0-2 Invicta.

Swale contributed fairly little to the game in an attacking sense and on the odd occasion they did manage to break forward the Invicta back line mopped up comfortably. Zoe reading the game well and playing out from the back quickly to allow a speedy counter which paid off with a quick turn over of play allowing Paige Godden in to score the first of five for the day. Invicta’s midfield pairing of Lovell and Cooper had the run of the game and were linking up well with both wings and forward alike. A little more composure in front of goal could have caused a lot more problems for Swale but they were let off the hook a number of times..Charlotte Avery was welcomed back into the fold after missing a few games through injury and found herself in an unaccustomed position on the left wing replacing Erin. Still she adapted well and slotted back into the team with ease.

Folkestone were playing some delightful football at times and it seriously looked like becoming a cricket score as Katie Cooper helped herself to three first half goals, one a driving run from midfield and the other a shot from wide on the right that deceived the keeper. It appeared that Invicta would score on every attack and it was not long before Godden again scored to make it 0-6. Just before half time Cooper completed her hatrick to make it 0-7 Invicta.

The second half started with Jess Bramwell taking over in goal and Zoe Field moving to a more familiar role wide on the right. Zoe had the beating of the Swale left back but just needs to have a little more confidence to drive at her opponent when she has her on the turn but she played well getting in a number of crosses for the attackers to feed off. Then for some reason the girls switched off. At 0-7 the job appeared to be done, no communication and a desire to hold onto the ball that little bit longer saw players lose the ball and if not for some good defending and goalkeeping Invicta could have lost at least 4 goals. Very lucky to get away with it but against better opposition it could cause serious problems. After that stuttering performance the girls regained composure and picked up where they left off. Bryce and Brown defended well when required and Paige put her earlier frustrations behind her capitalizing on poor defending to race through on goal to score a further three times to complete her tally for the day at five and Invictas overall final score a very comfortable 0-10 win.

Thanks to all who travelled to support and well done to Jess Bramwell who was voted opposition player of the match for her second half goalkeeping performance.

Final Score: Swale Ladies 0 - Folkestone Invicta 10

31 January 2016 / Folkestone Invicta v Bearsted

Invicta finally returned to league action in this rearranged fixture with Bearsted. The girls had the benefit of a friendly the week before but this was their first competitive match since December the 12th. That with a number of injuries and call offs meant that the girls had to play with no recognized goalkeeper for the first time this season and they anticipated a hard match.

Folkestone started with winger Erin MacLennan in goal and welcomed Simone Lovell in to the central mid-field role for only her second start this season. The girls quickly took control and played attractive attacking football on a very muddy surface. Although through on goal on numerous occasions that final ball or great goalkeeping kept Invicta at bay. Much like the previous encounter the Bearsted keeper proved very difficult to beat and showed great awareness and speed coming off line her to clear the danger. However it did come and perseverance paid off as an attack down the left from Zoe Field produced a shot on goal which Paige Godden managed to get a touch on to make it 1-0 Invicta.

From the restart Bearsted pressed but the Invicta rear guard of Brown, Fox and Bramwell combined well to protect MacLennan in goal. A lost ball through the mid-field however allowed the Bearsted forward half a yard and she hit a great strike from all of 25 yards over the Invicta keeper to level the score 1-1. This stung the Invicta girls and they regained control with some strong midfield play from Cooper and Lovell, both dominating the central areas and playing telling passes into the wide areas allowing Stokes to drive down the right flank, wrong foot the defender and square the ball to Godden who thundered the ball into the roof of the net. 2-1 Folkestone. From then on the remainder of the half proved to be all Invicta and Simone Lovell was rewarded for her hard work with her first goal of the season to make the score 3-1 Invicta at half time.

The second half saw a change of keeper for Invicta with Katie Cooper moving between the posts and Erin MacLennan moving to central mid field. Hannah Spice replaced Natasha Brown and played wide on the right with Nicolle Stokes slotting in at right back. The conditions began to worsen and the playing surface was slowing play up and not allowing the normal free flowing football the girls usually play. The game opened up with both teams having plenty possession without really causing any damge. Erin got herself on the score sheet with a fine individual goal, driving at the defence, beating three players to find herself one on one with the keeper where Erin kept her nerve and lifted the ball over the advancing keeper to make it 4-1. The surface was taking its toll and there were a few heavy legs toward the end with the most noticeable incidents being three great saves by Cooper, two bravely diving at the feet of the on rushing forward and the third a fingertip save onto the bar which definitely prevented a goal.

Final score 4-1 Invicta. Not the prettiest at times but a win is a win. Well done to all for their hard work in poor conditions. The opposition nominated Katie Cooper as player of the match for her performance in goal. Well done.  

Final Score:  Folkestone Invicta 4 - Bearsted 1

 

13 December 2015 / Folkestone Invicta v Ashford Angels

Folkestone Invicta returned to KGLFL Cup action in an eagerly anticipated semi- final against Ashford Angels with both teams fully committed to the game in every sense. Ashford started quickly taking the game to Invicta early doors.  The Ashford striker using her strength and pace to unsettle the Folkestone back three putting them under pressure with only some last ditch defending saving the day. The pressure eventually told and for the first time this season Invicta found themselves a goal behind. A long ball over the top beat the defence allowing the Angels striker to outpace her opponents and calmly place the ball past the Georgia Doble in goal. 0-1 Ashford.

Like the previous week this seemed to stir Invicta and they then started to impose themselves on the game. Avery and Cooper dropped a little deeper and were able to pick up the Angels clearances which allowed them to switch the ball out to the wings. The left wing being the area of most success as Erin MacLennan pinned back the defence with her aggressive running down the line. Folkestone were able to pick their passes in and around the box but some inspired goalkeeping by the Ashford Keeper kept Invicta at bay. It was not to last however as MacLennan skipped past two challenges and fired the ball into the bottom corner to draw the scores level. It was just after this though that the Ashford Angels forward caught her studs in the soft turf and fell awkwardly resulting in her having to be carried off. Both teams thwarted each other until half time going in with the score 1-1.

The second half started brighter for Invicta with the back three of Bramwell, Fox and Golightly resuming their usual calm approach. Invicta then showed their class with some delightful one and two touch combination play which on a pitch such as the one they were on was quite outstanding. Field beat her marker and zipped a pass into Godden whose first touch was class though the turn and shot just missed its mark. Paige was not to be denied though and again patience paid off as she was picked out by Field, ran through on goal and calmly finished 2-1 Invicta.

At 2-1 Invicta knew they had to press for a third to make the game safe. Cooper and Avery again dominated the centre of the park with some solid if not bone shudderingly fair challenges which took the wind out of Angels sails. The Ashford Keeper was by now the busiest player on the pitch and if not for her outstanding work the game could have effectively been over early doors. To finish off another fine performance Invicta managed to create a third goal with some outstanding football. The hard graft the girls put into training showed with the slick passing and moving in tight areas. The third goal came courtesy of Godden again as she was played through again after some wonderful inter play and Paige placed the ball out of the Keepers reach. Final score 3-1

Well done to the girls for getting to the final. Also good to see Laurel Bryce back after her injury. On another note best wishes to Jordan the Ashford striker who has damaged her knee ligaments and will miss the rest of the season. Invicta wish you a speedy recovery.

Today’s player of the match voted for by the opposition goes to Ollie Fox. Well done.

  

28 November 2015 / Folkestone Invicta v Ashford Angels

Folkestone Invicta went into this top of the table clash on the back of last week’s 10-0 win full of confidence against a team who are main title contenders. Invicta welcomed Simone Lovell into the team for her first start of the season with the remainder unchanged from the previous week.

Invicta started quickly and managed to pin Ashford back as MacLennan, Avery, Cooper and Lovell all combined well to create chances from wide areas. MacLennan was having a lot of success down the left hand side causing problems with her pace and direct running. It was only a matter of time before the Ashford defence gave way and it was the ever present Paige Godden who done the damage. Quick passing play on the right found Paige in the box and she got the ball out from feet to place it past the Ashford Keeper. 1-0 Invicta.

This was just what was needed to settle the girls down and they then began to dominate the game. Delightful one touch passing from Cooper and Avery allowed both MacLennan and Lovell freedom on both flanks to play quality balls into the danger area, on the return ball Avery found space on the edge of the 18 yard box and with quick feet she wrong footed the defender and curled a beautiful ball into the top left hand corner to increase the lead to 2.

The majority of possession in the first half was in the Angels half as Invicta pressed for a third. This was not long in coming as a high ball played into the box was chased down by Godden and she outmuscled two defenders to lift the ball over the advancing keeper. With an injury to MacLennan forcing her off, Zoe Field was introduced and after a quick reshuffle normal service was resumed. Ashford were struggling to contain Invicta and were relieved to hear the whistle for half time. 3-0 Folkestone.

The second half continued as the first half ended with Invicta taking the game to Ashford. Lovell left the field after a good debut performance and MacLennan returned and immediately stretched the Ashford defence as Cooper played her in down the wing, Erin cut in and side stepped the defender to shoot across the keeper into the far corner to make it 4-0. Unfortunately an ankle injury to Katie Cooper saw her take no further part in the game as Natasha Brown filled the midfield role alongside Charlotte Avery. Tasha quickly settled in and had a great game making a number of ball winning tackles to keep Invicta on top. Some of the play was different class and the 3G surface was well suited to Invicta’s passing and possession game. MacLennan was again allowed to spring the offside trap and raced in on goal to score at the near post to make it 5. But it wouldn’t be complete without a Godden hat trick and Paige duly obliged, receiving the ball with her back to goal, turning the defender and placing the ball in the corner away from the keeper to make it 6-0. Ashford managed a consolation goal with a well taken strike to finish the game 6-1.

Yet again an outstanding team performance. However as the attackers take the plaudits a mention must be made on the Invicta defence. Georgia Doble had little to do but was alert and safe in goal. The back three of Bramwell, Fox and Golightly are developing into a tight, solid defence. Never panicking and playing and working well together and are integral to all that happens on the field. Well done to Katie Cooper who was voted player of the match by the opposition.

Final Score:  Folkestone Invicta 6 - Ashford Angels 1

  

22 November 2015 / Thanet Colts v Folkestone Invicta 

The Invicta girls returned to league action on Sunday with an away trip to Thanet Colts on a miserably cold Sunday morning with an 11am kick off.

Folkestone started off the brighter and only poor finishing and some good goal keeping stopped Invicta romping into an early lead.  It could have been 5 easily within the first 10 minutes but eventually the Thanet goal was breached as Paige Godden evaded the home defence to make it 0-1 Invicta.

From then on the game became a one sided affair with the Folkestone defence rarely troubled. When called into action however the back three of Bramwell, Fox and Golightly were more than comfortable on the ball and quickly gained the turnover of possession to counter the Thanet attack. Indeed it was central defender Olivia Fox who stepped up to take a free kick on the edge of the box after good work by Katie Cooper saw her upended. Fox hit a deft free kick under the bar leaving the Thanet keeper with no chance.  This spurred Invicta on and the girls produced some outstanding football moving the ball quickly using wide areas to get in behind the home back four allowing Erin MacLennan in to score at the near post then again to make it 0-4.

A quick change saw Laurel Bryce, Hannah Spice and Natasha Brown replace Cooper, MacLennan and Stokes. All three quickly settled in and continued to play attractive attacking football which both coaches and parents have come to enjoy. Bryce was having success down the left and made some telling runs and delightful passes into Godden who turned the defence and gave the keeper no chance to make it 0-5. Unfortunately Laurel suffered an ankle ligament injury forcing her to leave the field. Half time 0-5

The second half continued in the same fashion as Thanet struggled to cope with Invicta’s ability to hold the ball and work an opening to increase their lead. Charlotte Avery’s aggression and tireless running were causing problems as were Katie Coopers thundering challenges and composure on the ball when she returned to the field. A few niggly fouls began to creep in to the game as Thanet became increasingly frustrated still Folkestone played their own game and kept their composure.

Charlotte Avery’s persistence paid off with a well taken goal but she needs to develop a more selfish streak in front of goal and Katie Cooper managed a goal again putting the Thanet defence on the back foot by way of direct running and creating the opportunity to strike on goal to take the score to 0-7.The reintroduction of MacLennan on the left brought some balance to the team and through  some intricate play between Erin and Katie saw Erin played in to curl the ball in to the far corner to score her hat trick. Not to be outdone however Godden (who could have scored at least 6) beat the keeper a further twice to close her account for the day on 4. Final Score Thanet 0 – 10 Folkestone Invicta.

All in all a thoroughly outstanding team performance. The players and coaching staff would like to say thank you to all the parents for their loyalty and encouragement. Also a big thank you must go to Shepway Building Contractors for their continued support of girls football over the years.  Thank you.

Final Score: Thanet Colts 0 - Folkestone Invicta 10

 

8 November 2015 / Gravesham United v Folkestone Invicta 

Folkestone Invicta returned after the half term break to an away fixture in the KGLFL CUP travelling to Gravesham United. Both teams had met previously in the league and an under par performance by the Folkestone girls resulted in a 2-2 draw.  Not a true reflection on the match at all so Invicta knew they had to make amends.

Folkestone started the brighter and played good free flowing football on a pitch that was not at its best getting the ball forward early in to wide areas. Like the previous game though Gravesham’s defence proved difficult to break down. The centre half and right back were in great form and kept Invicta at bay with some tenacious tackling. Folkestone kept playing and were rewarded when Erin MacLennan was played in from midfield and beat the keeper at her near post. 0-1 Folkestone.

 This should have settled the girls but within 10 minutes Gravsham equalized punishing hesitancy in the Invicta back line that had been solid throughout. Once again Folkestone rolled their sleeves up and through constant pressure Paige Godden scored her first of the game to make it 1-2 at half time.

Invicta made some changes at half time with Ellie Holland, Laurel Bryce and Nicole Stokes coming on. Nicole playing her first game of the season. All three settled well showing commitment and drive with Nicole stretching the play with some penetrating and lung bursting runs down the right flank. Invicta now had a grip on the game playing downhill with the wind however were hit on the counter attack with the Gravesham right winger though on goal with only the keeper to beat. Georgia Doble in the Invicta goal however pulled of an incredible double save to keep the score line in Folkestone’s favour.

This galvanized Invicta and they totally dominated play with Charlotte Avery’s fitness and stamina in midfield complimenting Katie Cooper’s tough tackling and ball distribution. It was a ball played by Cooper out wide to Stokes that seen the latter wrong foot her opponent and get to the byline to cross for Paige Godden to bravely challenge the keeper and place the ball home from close range.

Graveshams’s best player on the day then proceeded to wipe out Stokes in the box to give away a penalty which Godden duly dispatched to make the score line 1-4 and claim her hat trick for the day. Unfortunately an injury to the opposition keeper resulted in the central defender taking over in goal and could do nothing as Katie Cooper ended a driving run to the edge of the box with a powerful shot that the keeper failed to hold. Gravesham scored a consolation goal to make the final score Gravesham United 2 Folkestone Invicta 5.

A great result for the girls taking them into the semi- finals where they face either Anchorians or local rivals Ashford Angels. Player of the match voted for by the opposition was awarded to Invicta keeper Georgia Doble.  Well done.

Final Score: Gravesham 2 - Folkestone Invicta 5

 

11 October 2015 / Folkestone Invicta v Foots Cray Lions

Folkestone had a break from league duties this Sunday when they entertained league rival Foots Cray Lions at the Polo Ground in the KGLFL CUP. This gave both teams the opportunity to size each other up before meeting in the league later on in the year. Both teams started the game tentatively looking for the break through to gain an early advantage though the Foots Cray keeper made a number of good saves early on to deny Invicta the lead.

Folkestone settled the quicker and the free flowing attacking football missing from the previous game was back. Zoe Field was making good progress down the right as was Erin MacLennan whose pace was causing the Cray defence problems. The breakthrough came as Field lost her marker and played a ball into Paige Godden who helped it onto the unmarked MacLennan to steer the ball past the keeper. 1-0 Invicta.

This was the goal Folkestone needed and stepped up a gear playing delightful football. Hannah Golightly and Jess Bramwell at right and left back respectively were receiving early from Doble in goal and linking well with Cooper and Avery in the Invicta midfield thus playing the ball early to the wide players causing problems for the Cray back four.  Field again played a delightful ball in for Godden to score her first of the game to make it 2-0.  The third goal however was top class and built from the back.  Golightly and Cooper linking well to send Field down the right. Zoe took a touch and played an inch perfect cross for Godden to volley past the keeper. Paige helped herself to another to complete her hatrick and go in at half time 4-0.

A quick reshuffle for Invicta saw Tasha Brown on at right back and Ellie Holland in central midfield and both settled in well.  Brown proving as difficult as ever to get past and Holland adding fresh legs to the attack. Foots Cray seemed to lack a little fight and Invicta capitalized on this by dominating the second half scoring a further three goals all by the boot of Paige Godden whose tally for the day came to 6 capping off a great individual but also stunning team performance. Player of the match awarded by the opposition went to Erin MacLennan but compliments from the Foots Cray Coach were that Folkestone Invicta were the best girl’s team he had played against in the last 2 years.

Final Score: Folkestone Invicta 7 - Foots Cray Lions 0

 

4 October 2015 / Gravesham v Folkestone Invicta

Folkestone Invicta travelled away to Gravesham for a 1230 kick off in this their fourth league game of the season. The girls knew this would be a tougher test and so it proved to be. Gravesham started fast and were first to every ball in the early periods of the game not allowing Invicta time on the ball.  The normal free flowing football the girls had produced in previous weeks seemed to desert the girls as they struggled to impose themselves on the game. However a good interchange of play allowed Erin MacLennan to drive into the box and square the ball to Paige Godden who held off the Gravesham centre half and laid off an inch perfect ball for Zoe Field to bend the ball into the top right hand corner from 20 yards.

This should have settled the Invicta Girls but Gravesham responded well and played a number of high balls down the right for their speedy winger to run onto.  This was to cause a few problems for Invicta and resulted in the Gravesham winger to outstrip her Invicta rival and hit a speculative effort from full on 30 yards which sailed into the top of the Invicta goal. 2-1 Gravesham. A quick reshuffle saw Jess Bramwell slot in at left back and Hannah Spice replace Zoe Field on the right wing.

The second half saw Invicta up their game but soon conceded a second goal to find themselves behind.  Charlotte Avery’s commitment and hard graft in midfield kept Invicta’s heads above water and Jess Bramwell, Olivia Fox and Hannah Golightly worked hard to ensure there were no further slip ups. Invicta had 80% of the possession but just could not put the ball in the net! A hand ball in the box was missed by the referee denying Invicta a penalty but quick movement of the ball wide allowed Erin MacLennan to drive in and shoot across the keeper to level the score 2-2.

A hard game with many tired legs at the end but still undefeated. Special mention to Jess Bramwell who slotted in well at left back and was awarded Invicta Player of The Match by the opposition.

Next week the girls are at home in the cup to Foots Cray Lions. Kick off 11am at the Polo Ground.

Final Score: Gravesham 2 - Folkestone Invicta 2

 

27 September 2015 / Folkestone Invicta v Swale Ladies Pink

Folkestone Invicta maintained their unbeaten start to the season with an emphatic win over Swale Ladies. Invicta welcomed a number of players into the team making their first starts for the club. Jess Bramwell and Megan Phillips who slotted in at right and left back respectively and Michelle Smith who played in a central midfield role. All three settled in well and had sold performances.

Invicta again continued on from the previous week’s performance playing attractive and attacking football from the onset.  An early goal by Erin MacLennan was quickly cancelled out by a well taken strike from Swale. From then on however it was all one way.  Good attacking play and well worked passing and moving created numerous chances for Invicta with Swale struggling to play through the central midfield pairing of Charlotte Avery and Katie Cooper…the later showing tenacity and grit in the tackle with a number of bone shuddering challenges.

Goals then game thick and fast as Paige Godden, aiming to better last years total of 65 netted 5 good goals and unselfishly played Erin MacLennan in twice to score also.  Katie Cooper increased her tally with 4 and Charlotte Avery netted twice with two well taken goals. A further strike by Erin and one a piece for Zoe Field and Hannah Spice rounded off a good performance For Invicta.

The girls have netted an incredible 41 goals in 3 games conceding only 3.

Final Score: Folkestone Invicta 17 - Swale Ladies Pink 1

 

20 September 2015 / Orpington FC v Folkestone Invicta U18s

Folkestone Invicta made the journey along the M20 today (20th) to face Orpington FC in their second league match of the season.  An astonishing 9 goals in 9 minutes effectively killed the game early doors and all credit to Orpington they continued to battle.

Invicta played some beautiful football with a strong midfield pair in Katie Cooper and Charlotte Avery winning every ball in the middle of the park, continually threading through balls for Paige Godden, Erin MacLennan and Zoe Field to run on to. Paige worked well in springing the offside trap and improved on last week’s goal tally by two scoring five well taken goals. Erin MacLennan helped herself to four, Katie Cooper with a hat trick and Zoe Field and Charlotte Avery scoring one a piece. An unfortunate own goal from the Orpington right back confirmed a miserable day for the home team.  A mention to the Invicta defence and in particular Georgia Doble in goal who had a very quiet day.

Due to injuries Orpington could no longer compete due to going down to six players so as a sporting gesture Invicta took the win based on the half time scorline, a second half was played in a friendly capacity with 2 invicta players playing for the opposition so as to give all concerned some much needed game time. A big thanks to Orpington for a gracious attitude in such circumstances.

Final Score: Folkestone Invicta 17

 

13 September 2015 / Bearsted FC v Folkestone Invicta U18s

Folkestone Invicta Girls U18 travelled to Bearsted on Sunday for their much awaited first league game of the new season. Invicta started the game the brighter side dominating possession and eventually broke through to score a well worked goal through Erin MacLennan. An early equalizer from Bearsted saw both teams play some good football and scoring a further goal each to go in at half time level at 2-2.

The second half proved a somewhat one sided affair as Invicta totally dominated play. Great passing and movement and quick play resulted in a further 7 goals as Invicta ran out comfortable winners with a 2-9 final score. Opposition player of the match went to the Bearsted Goalkeeper who made some fantastic saves to keep the scoreline down.

Scorers for Invicta were Erin MacLennan with 4, Paige Godden with a well taken hat-trick and Katie Cooper with a brace.  A good start by the girls who travel to Orpington this Sunday (20th).

Final Score: Bearsted 2 - Folkestone Invicta 9