Nomads got off to a rare fast start in the match against the Blues, right from the opening hit Nomads played the ball back and around to right back then up the field to the opposition D from 1,2 and 3 touch passing.
With fast accurate passing and dynamic movement from the front 3 Nomads repeatedly opened up the Blues defence, they deservedly opened the scoring with Lisa Grant-Phillips powerfully striking a short corner into the bottom right corner.
They extended the lead a short time later with Joni Gorman bundling in a rebound after her initial shot had been saved. She then added her 2nd shortly after after good pressure on the Blue defence allowed her to steal the ball from the CB, before completing a birthday hat trick.
Ciara Mcquaid then managed to push the lead to 5 with a well struck effort from just inside the D.
The 2nd half was far more even right from the start with both teams looking dangerous on the attack. 2 counter attacks led to goals for the boys as they looked to fight back but while Nomads continued to look dangerous and earned a number of short corners they could not find a way to score again.
Overall a really good result built on an excellent 1st half performance, well done also to Erin Moffett in her 1st match for the 1st team.
Joni Gorman x3
The 2s were in action against top of the table DB Falcons a team who have scored at least 4 goals in every game while conceding only a few. Last time out Nomads narrowly missed out on getting a point having come from behind to level the scores before conceding a late winner.
Similarly to the previous game it was Falcons who started best putting pressure on the Nomad defence who were tackling well but struggling to maintain possession. This led to Falcons taking the lead around 10 minutes in.
Slowly Nomads started to settle in and they slowly improved throughout the half.
The 2nd half was far more even with Nomads starting to create some chances and look to attack rather than defend. However this opened up more space on the pitch and they fell 2-0 behind after a counter attack. Despite this they continued to look dangerous and when Erin Moffett scored the game was in the balance.
In the end it was a further counter attack by Falcons which extended the score to 3-1, this ends the 2s Development league cycle. With the progress made in the last year and throughout this season so far we have a chance to win the Development cup in the New Year.
With the 2s having their final game before Christmas this Sunday and the 1s having only 3 more games left in their league cycle please see a quick summary before of the sessions left before the New Year
November 20th - 11:30-13:00 - Nomads 2nd XI v DB Falcons
November 20th - 13:00-14:30 - Nomads 1st XI v Caesarean Blues
December 3rd - 19:30-20:30 - Nomads training
December 3rd - 20:30-21:30 - Nomads/RWB v Island Vets
December 7th - 11:30 - Nomads 1st XI v Quackers 1st XI
December 10th - 20:30-21:30 - Final Nomads training session of the year
December 14th - 13:00-14:30 - Nomads 1st XI v RWB
Where possible can people please let me know of their availability for the training session on December 3rd, as it will be the final training session of the year for a number of players we will look to split into teams and have some fun.
Similarly to the 2s game Nomads got off to a good start having the best of the territory in the opening 10 minutes. Some good runs and pressure on the defence by Joni Gorman also helped create a few short corners.
This initial pressure led to a number of shots and Nomads eventually taking the lead through a well struck effort by Lisa Grant-Phillips. This seemed to wake up Jersey Ladies and the game became very even with Nomads struggling to retain the ball but looking dangerous when getting the ball forward quickly.
Midway through the 1st half Jersey Ladies managed to scramble an equaliser and almost took the lead a short time later only for the goal to be disallowed due to a foul on the keeper.
The game continued to be competitive in the 2nd half with Nomads improving the passing through the midfield but struggling to create any clear chances in the opposition D and they fell behind to a well struck short corner.
Despite their best efforts Nomads could not create a clear opportunity to equalise and eventually lost 2-1.
Finally well done to Jess Watling and Lucy O'Connor in their 1st appearances for the 1s, we are seeing the benefit of this with the improvement in play and results for the 2s
After a good victory the previous week against Quackers, the 2s were looking to continue the seasons good form.
Nomads starting the game particularly well despite a change in formation with some good passing between the midfield trio of Lilly, Jess and Lucy. With good movement from the front line we quickly created a chance which was converted at the far post by Lucy O'Connor.
Shortly following that Jersey Ladies created a chance or 2 of their own but were denied by good saves from James Stearn. Nomads were continuing to create chances in the D but delaying slightly meant that they rarely resulted in shot.
Midway for the 1st half Nomads put together the best passing play of the match with 3-4 quick passes to release Jess Watling who passed to Erin Moffett to score with a well struck shot from the top of the D.
Shortly into the 2nd half Nomads extended the lead to 3 when a good run from Ella created a shooting opportunity and Erin managed to deflect the ball past the keeper. At this stage Jersey Ladies built up some pressure with Nomads passes become a little inaccurate and they managed to successfully create a chance to bring the score back to 3-1.
However Nomads continued to create chances on the break and were rewarded with a 4th when a ball from Ella found Jess Watling who converted This was a very strong team performance keeping Nomads 2nd in the league and means that they have won 4 out of 4 against other Ladies teams whilst scoring 13 goals and conceding just 2.
Erin Moffett x 2
It was a slow start for both teams, but the first half saw most of the play in Quackers half. Nomads made plenty of chances but the Quackers defence fought hard, eventually a true team effort between Lilly Wysmuller and Erin Moffett was finished by Emily Genee on the post.
Second half saw Nomads lose a player but they didn't let that phase them. Quackers fought for a goal with some great runs, breaking through Nomads midfield but Nomads had woken up and some great passing up the pitch saw the next goal from Moffett. Finally, Genee scored her second goal of the day from a deflection bringing the score to 3:0.
This continues Nomad's strong start to the season and if they can continue their good run of performances they are likely to achieve a record high points finish despite playing less games this season.
Emily Genee x2
With no teams from Guernsey travelling this year it was decided to make the CI tournament more fun and have each team play in fancy dress.
Nomads theme was Cops and Robbers and each match of the tournament started in a different way.
Due to illness and injury Nomads were missing a large amount of players but managed to get out a full side with help some of the young players from the 2nd XI
The 1st match started with a Zulu start, the video can be downloaded below.
with everyone also looking to have enjoyed themselves.
A number of pictures have been added to the gallery but if anyone else has some please pass them on so we can add more.
Finally the next training session is Wednesday 19th from 7:30-8:30
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