On Sunday 3rd April, ASM FF faced a difficult tie in the quarter-finals of the league cup against Avignon. The Avignon team were unbeaten with a 100% record In their championship journey so far but ASM FF had a few surprises up their sleeve.
The game started with Avignon totally dominating possession. However, ASM FF were able to withhold the barrage and despite the pressure, it took 25 minutes for the opposition to register their first shot. It didn’t take long for ASM FF manager, Jean-Louis Djighaly, to work out the opposition tactics, spotting a flaw in their defence. Full advantage was taken and Amanda Lattuada’s clever through ball saw Mimi’s run and she took her chance with some aplomb, intelligently finding the net half an hour into the game. ASM FF managed to maintain their precious lead until half-time despite various dangerous attacks from Avignon.
According to Djighaly; “At half time I asked my players to up their tempo and give it their all in the second half so that there would be no chances for the opponents.”
The start of second half saw a lot of early chances created by Avignon; their strikers and midfield consistently posed problems for the ASM FF midfielders and defenders. But the ASM girl’s irresistible determination proved impossible to penetrate. Indeed, the ASM FF Goalkeeper made some crucial saves, in particular stopping a free-kick that should have resulted in the equalizer. The ASM FF patience and resilience did eventually pay off – Aline Le Mignant scoring a beautiful goal into the top left corner to make it 2-0. It was clear that the ASM FF player’s skills were matched with true determination and mental grit that helped them to win against a very strong Avignon team and ensured their progression to the semi-finals of the cup!
After the game, Djighaly summed up the team’s efforts – “At the end, hard work and determination is what makes the difference.”