U16 Girls Head Coach Reviews their recent tournament in Malta

Our U16 Girls have recently returned from a UEFA development tournament in Malta. This was Gibraltar's first ever exposure to international football at Girls U16 level and in his own words,  a very satisfied Head Coach, Steve Cummings, reviews the tournament as a whole:

Our expectations going into this UEFA development tournament were simply for our Girls and Technical Staff to gain more experience at international level and in these types of UEFA Tournaments. We always knew our toughest opponents were going to be the host nation Malta, but in our preparations we thought we could maybe do better against Liechtenstein and Andorra who were more at our level. 

Game 1 - Gibraltar 2 v 4 Liechtenstein

The girls kicked off the tournament very well against Lichtenstein and even though we went 4-0 down the girls kept on working hard and kept to our game plan. We managed to score 2 goals and also had 1 goal disallowed in the first half. The girls fought very hard in the second half and were really unlucky not to get a point out of this game. The opposition Coach told me they were getting really concerned and worried as they thought we were going to come back and win the game. So  a massive credit to the girls for not giving up, staying together, their attitude and they way in which they carried themselves on the pitch.

Game 2 - Gibraltar 0 v 14 Malta

We were all to aware that this was going to be the toughest game of the tournament as the Malta U16 team have been together over 2 years now preparing specifically for the tournament and with the luxury over 200 girls in this age group playing locally to choose from. The score line was extremely unfortunate but once again the attitude of the girls was amazing. They stuck together, gave it everything they had and possibly could. And this was the massive positive I took from this game. That no matter what, my girls would stick together and maintain a united team. 

Game 3 - Gibraltar 0 v 1 Andorra

This was our last game of the tournament, we had watched Andorra play and knew that they were a very good defensive team. So we devised a game plan to play against their defensive style and the girls stuck to it excellently. They were extremely unlucky not to go into the half time break in ahead. It was one of those days as we hit the cross bar, had another chance cleared off the line. In the second half Andorra scored near the end of the game, which finished 1-0 a result which we did not deserve, but sometimes that’s football unfortunately.

Overall this tournament has been a great success for Women’s football in Gibraltar, as all the girls have come back really happy with the way we played and how we stayed together as a squad even with the disappointing result against Malta. The girls worked really hard all the way through this tournament on and off the pitch and this is just the start for them. They will only get better and better! It has been an honour and a privilege to be their Coach and I look forward to working with them again very very soon!


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