Ladies Win Again!

Jersey Wanderers F.C. Ladies 2 – St Peter F.C. Ladies 3

St-Peter-FC-Ladies---March-2013Excellent win tonight. A game we had comfortably in the bag at half-time. 2-0 up we had to fight for in the second half but came out victorious. My Hero Soldiers!

This time last season we would have lost this game but even with their star players we held them magnificently.

Great play and commitment across all positions.

Another win, another 3 goals  and all great finishes from Twinkle Sarah and our Sophie another plus one goal to improve our goal difference. Another 3 points.

Let’s work hard to ensure we continue to have our cotton socks blessed as we consolidate third place in the league .



Ladies Match Report Vs Grouville

St-Peter-Ladies---Oct-2013-001A big fat SIGH soldiers x

So proud of our performance today and so frustrated that we are not getting what we deserve in terms of scores and results.

Today was our first experience of an outstanding squad performance which creates a completely different set of problems in terms of minutes on the pitch.

And that’s a learning curve for all of us. Every player should want to play 90 mins and the management need to play the players as they think the game is evolving or for possible impact. We will both get it right and wrong

I thought today everyone played their part. As manager it is my call who starts, stays on, comes on or goes off but I make those calls for what I believe to be the benefit of the team.

In the context of today’s 5-1 game Great goal by Leanne and we are leading another game not chasing it. Great strike by Becky that deserved a goal and we are right back in the game. .A strange penalty decision that takes the game out of our reach. It’s just small things now!!

I though Chantelle was outstanding

Katy and Aimee are forging a solid central defensive partnership.

Leanne and Ash ( fantastic to see in the kit and playing) I probably messed about a bit asking left footed players to play Right defence but just got on with it superbly.

Jenna and Anette ( who again played different positions ) hold the midfield well especially when they stay central.

Twinkle and Sarah are two of the best wingers in the league and were definitely coups getting them to play for us so I still think we need to use them more in taking players on with the skills they have.

Becky and Steph today I thought brought the midfield together creating that link between defence and attack.

Andrea Sophie Marta Shannon and Jane ( as well as Ash and Anette) we’re superb in being shifted around still working so hard for the team and probably suffered the most in terms of minutes played.

We keep talking about all of our many progression and there are many and the list grows every week. One of the biggest this season is we are now a squad and not just a team something we need to be.

Every game we play will be different in terms of how it evolves and it is our squad who will ensure that we are not only competitive but also successful.

#lovefootballwithstpetersladiesfcme. Xx

Ladies End of Season Report…


Thoughts vs St John and the Season

Having completed our first season back after a 10 year absence, we have been thumped a couple of times and been very competitive in some matches. We have won and lost but regardless we have definately evolved over the course of the season into a good football team that will only get better.

With a great blend of youth and experience (including players who have gone onto establish themselves in the ladies island squad), we learn from every game we play.

With great coaching this season that will get better next season, (as we add to the management team), I believe we have an ethos of enjoying our football. We have great camaraderie that is now more and more an important part of our team and ensures a laugh is never far away!

I think all our players have been tremendous and I take great pride in being the manager, coach, first aid person, administrator, groundsman, the person who opens up and locks up and sweeps the changing rooms once you have gone……………!

It would have been nice to finish (results-wise) on a high as I do believe this was a ‘winnable game’ but the final result of  a 3-0 defeat, in a game spoilt by the referee, does reflect how far we have come.

Second half especially, we were competitive and played well as a team. A complete contrast to the disjointed first half, where a lot of times we beat ourselves even before the opposition got to the ball.

It might sound strange but for me as manager, scorelines, results and league tables have not really mattered this season.

Of course it has hurt sometimes, been frustrating sometimes, and on one (A BIG ONE) occasion it has been incredibly joyous. What has mattered, is what we have achieved.

It takes a lot to be the new team in a league but we have carried that mantle and survived the season, so well done, respect and pride, xxx.

The dedication and commitment from the core of the team to turn up week in and week out, to train and play, gives us a core to build on even when results have gone against us.

Our young players have been thrown in at the deep end and forced to play longer and harder than their learning curve should have been at this stage, but they now show the benefit of that enforced learning journey and will be better players for us next season as a result.

I believe every player has improved all at different rates appropriate to their need and confidence. For some it has been slow and steady, for some it has been a journey of exploration through the stars, but that’s how it should be in a team. We are all different but we are all the same.

Personally I want to thank you all. I resigned from the position of Jersey Woman’s Representative Team Manager basically because I had nothing to do for 95% of the season. Working with the cream of the islands players is special but I can honestly say working with you has made me a better coach and manager and given me back the game I love xx

I look forward to our continued journey, (this means I expect you all back next season despite the requests you will get from other teams to play for them). For as much as the cream of the islands players are special, as a team (and I include all of our squad), St Peters Ladies FC are diamonds. It’s my job to polish and shape but the diamond has to be there as you are.

Pre-season we strengthen and add to the squad and next season we will shine as polished diamonds earn the right to………. now where are my coaching books? It’s time to plan for next season!

#lovefootballwithstpetersladiesfcme. Xxx

Ladies Match Report


Thoughts on our game vs St Paul’s in the cup semi- final…….

Thoughts on cup semi final. Forget the result but use the game as another learning experience

Mixed emotions.

For the first 15 mins we were well in the game and creating chances whilst closing St Paul’s down in all areas.

Then we spend 30 mins gifting them 3 goals and conceding another that was a well taken header.

Not doing the simple basics will cost us and if we don’t defend goal side why are we surprised that the opposition get away from us???

With whole unit Cavalry charges forward, (straight out of the Charge of the Light Brigade) why are we surprised they have free players in acres of space when they regain possession???

Group discussions after a move, why are we surprised when they restart the game and we are out of position???

We are better than this!!!!

Second half much better. Whilst we still conceded the same number of goals again as the first half it was a better performance in team shape and commitment to winning the ball apart from the unconstructive talking.

As we have progressed as a team over the course of a season, and we undoubtably have, we must not lose what we had in the beginning in terms of support for each other and turn frustration into criticism.

Standing on the touch line I know no player went through today’s game without making mistakes often more than one mistake. But to make the mistake we had to be there and be involved in that moment which is a positive we had to make the run or pass or attempt the pass or tackle when it doesn’t come off acknowledge the effort that has gone into being there and attempting the right things rather than the mistake itself!!.

We lost 8-0 but if we learn why we lost we get something out of the game.

For me positives include:

  • Chantelle outstanding in goal and without a shadow of doubt the best GK on the island in ladies football.
  • Leanne gaining in confidence to make forward runs from the back.
  • Katy back playing to her strengths great performance today for the team on the left and right.
  • Anette taking one for the team in spending the full game one on one with the one player who makes a difference.
  • Niamh taking one for the team which will result in black eyes tomorrow no doubt.
  • Andrea playing a lone role up front.
  • Everyone looking like a team in the track suits, well done Tracey.

One game left so let’s turn that frown upside down. Learn from today. Get up to training this week Monday and Wednesday and be ready for our final game this season vs St John and finish on a high.

St John ……. is a winnable game!!!!!

Still… #lovefootballwithstpetersladiesfcme.

Tony Hoyland