Solid performance and win brings curtain down on a good year for Saffron Walden PSG
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A solid win was the perfect way for Saffron Walden PSG U12 girls’ to finish what has been a decent year despite all the problems.
They were away to Cambridge City and returned with a 2-0 success after a fine performance.
The game was played on a reduced sized pitch because the regulation-sized field was waterlogged.
It therefore made close, accurate passing a necessity to gain the upper hand in the match, which turned out to be incredibly hard fought with both teams dominating large periods of territorial advantage and possession.
Half-time arrived with neither side able to break the deadlock. Both goalkeeper hadn't been overly troubled but the central midfielders knew they had been in a game after a very busy 30 minutes of physical, combative football.
PSG came out in the second half with their tails up and took the game to their hosts as they played into the winter sunshine.
And their effort and industry was rewarded in the 43rd minute as two successive corners whipped in from the left by Neve led to a defensive error, the unlucky Cambridge City defender slicing the venomous second cross into her own net from close range.
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It gave the goalkeeper no chance and while it may have been fortuitous, it was a deserved breakthrough.
City were then forced to commit more players into attack, leaving themselves open to being caught on the break.
Their pressure and hard work was looking to show dividends, and the PSG goal started to be peppered with shots, but keeper Eliska made three incredible saves to keep the advantage in Walden's favour.
And they got some much-desire breathing space on 52 minutes when they made it 2-0.
A fantastic piece of link-up play between Lilla and Alice allowed the latter to finish the move from 12 yards out with a turn and low drive into the bottom right corner.
Cambridge City were still not out of the match and continued to fight on, looking to get back in the game.
But PSG held out to good victory that moves them up to third in the table.
Outstanding defensive performances from Amy P, Maemi, Olivia and Emma coupled with tireless midfield battling from Lilla and Neve saw the points brought back to Saffron Walden.