Andover New Street U18 girls 1
Fulham U18 girls 0

ANDOVER New Street Youth U18 girls’ team defeated Fulham FC U18 girls' team in the Junior Premier League Warriors last Saturday, March 9.

The win came under the guidance of coaches Nic Turpin, Kevin Riley, and Chelsea legend Petr Cech, whose daughter Adela Cechova featured in the Andover defence.

The Andover New Street attackers Charli Wright, Freya Twigg, Immie Jones and Poppy Wannell were all on it from the first whistle, executing a high-pressure strategy, with relentless running.

The Andover side, sponsored by The Larkhill Space Station and All Aces Couriers, immediately put Fulham on the back foot.

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The match was a display of high-quality football, with both teams launching well-coordinated attacks.

Andover looked comfortable with Amelia Riley and Chloe Sheffield controlling the game in the centre of the park.

Andover’s defence featuring Casey Foster,  Lottie Spottiswood, Adela Cechova and Leah Strange were a solid back four, dealing comfortably with most of the Fulham attacks.

The New Street keeper Izzy Angell was on hand when needed and was particularly outstanding, making crucial saves to keep the score line even.

The first half concluded with neither team able to break the deadlock, the score remaining at 0-0.

The Andover New Street Girls wearing their traditional green and black stripes started the second half with same intensity as the first, with the introduction of Bella Turpin, Maisy Aldridge, Victoria Vlachou and Summer Pike.

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With three minutes left of the game, the hard work, togetherness and the never-give-up attitude of the squad was rewarded.

Great pressure from the midfield and having won possession back, the ball fell to player of the match Leah Strange, and with a pinpointed left-footed cross found the impressive Poppy Wannell to head home to give and Andover New Street Girls a well-deserved lead.

Elly- Mai Lacey, who had a welcome return to the squad after a long injury, was introduced to the back line late on, to ensure all three points went to Andover New Street Girls.