The game started off and from the get go we took it to Sonning in the first ten minutes relentless attacks and well-constructed and patient passing at the back, which in turned allowed the midfield to push through and pick out passes into the circle to the strikers. Persistence paid off after a well-constructed passage of play starting from the back and working its way from Bex Smith to Laura Jacques down the right through Helen "Three goals" Taylor who threaded a pass through to Tee Barrack who then found Ceilidh Walker free just inside the left post, who pounced on the ball, low body position and opened up the scoring 1-0. The rest of the half was not that eventful, with countless shots on goal, fantastic defensive tackles, classy stick work and a considerable amount of PC's the score remained 1-0 at half time.
Second half played out much the same, but Sonning had lifted their game, which resulted in a well taken PC from a straight shot they evened up the score. 1-1.... Making our way back for the restart... No one saw it coming but our fiery and fearless Bex uttered the words that forever will be etched in PHC Chiswick folklore...."How does that make you feel???" At that moment all went quiet as 11 internal monologues were thinking "Not that good actually Bex, like hell we are going to let Sonning take this from us." So just like the Irish anthem with a PHC twist....Chiswick Chiswick together we shall stand, shoulder to shoulder we will answer Bex's call.
So with Bex's words ringing in our ears it had set a light and fire in our belly's, we lifted our intensity and our desire, which came with reward. Again a nice piece of passing from the backs through to the midfield from Lisa Crane into Tee and with a bit of African booty and body blocking on their centre back Rhianna Buchanan was able to fire off a shot within striking distance. The ice-breaker, 2-1. Not content we came at them again and this time a replay of the last goal but with some subtle touches in the D from Tee and a well-timed deflection from Alex Earnshaw saw the score jump to 3-1.
A special mention to Millie- who lead the from the back, put her body on the line and pulled out some superman saves with the support of her wingman KD and Mary and the relentless cover defence of Gigi and Cath.
DoD: Tee Barrack- Clean sheet Millie....
MoM: Rhianna- Work rate and scoring.