After the West Ham Ladies stormed to victory in the Essex County Cup, Blowing Bubbles caught up with captain Stacey Little, Danica Revell, Lindsey Morgan, and Vicki King to give their votes in six categories. At the bottom of each category, we have also decided who we think should win.
Goal of the Season
SL: Lily Mellors vs Keynsham. Sarah plays a ball over the top and the ball has bounced up and away but Lily continues her run. As the ball is dropping Lily strikes it first time on the volley on the edge of the box over the ‘keeper.
DR: Lily Mellors vs Keynsham. It was a brilliant volley over the ‘keeper with an assist from a great through ball from Sarah McCrea.
LM: Vicki King vs Portsmouth. As West ham broke down the left hand side, the ball was crossed in to the box and following a weak clearance, Vicki ran on to the loose ball and lobbed the Portsmouth ‘keeper from outside the area.
VK: Lily Melors vs Keynsham. She watched the ball drop over her shoulder and volleyed it in to the top right hand corner, an absolutely class finish.
Our Winner: Lily Mellors
Beat Team Performance
SL: FA Cup vs C&K Basildon. I’ve chosen this match for a number of reasons. Going into the game we hadn’t played in about eight weeks due to the bad weather and it was our first game back after losing a few players. Team spirit was better than ever. When we went 2-1 down, the effort to get back to 2-2 then to go ahead showed real determination.
DR: Charlton [Home]. Although we were unlucky, that was the best football I’ve seen us play all season. We kept it on the floor, played, quick one twos, lots of communication, and people working for one another.
LM: The best team performance of the season was the come back against Gillingham, the league leaders. We looked like we were down and out after a poor first half performance, but came out second half a different team and got a late equaliser to level the game
VK: Cardiff in the League Cup. It wasn’t the result that what was important that day, it was the attitude and hard work of the 11 girls on the pitch. An absolutely standout performance against one of the best teams in our league.
Our Winner: Gillingham
Best Individual Performance
SL: Sarah McCrea vs Charlton. Sarah caused Charlton’s right back all sorts of problems. So much so that she was subbed at half time. We went on to lose 3-2 but Sarah also scored both of our goals in this game.
DR: Sarah McCrea. She’s played really well up and down the left wing since she has joined us and has scored some great goals.
LM: We have had a lot of players come and go this season but the standout performance for me was the two penalty saves by Lauren Picton in the semi final of the Essex County Cup against C&K Basildon to get us through to the final.
VK: My defensive partner Danica Revell for her performance against Watford in the FA Cup. It was a game we lost but Dan was solid throughout, won all her headers and made some very important last ditch tackles.
Our Winner: Sarah McCrea’s performance vs Charlton
Best Goal Celebration
SL: County Cup Semi Final vs C&K Basildon. Although I wasn’t involved in this goal celebration I’d have to say Danica’s winning penalty against C&K Basildon that got us into the Final of the County Cup. I can only imagine the togetherness and joy for all the girls celebrating that moment.
DR: When I scored the winning penalty against C&K Basildon to get us through to the Essex County Cup final.
LM: There’s no greater feeling than the whole team celebrating a goal. Portsmouth at home when Vicki King scored the winner. Everyone celebrated together.
VK: Basildon away in the Essex County Cup Semi-Final. We won the game on penalties following two great saves by Lauren Picton and the whole team rushed to celebrate.
Our Winner: Danica’s winning penalty in the Essex County Cup Semi-Final