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Two first half goals from Abby Reynolds proved to be the difference as Filton College maintained their grip on the GFA Women's Cup with a 2-0 victory over Gloucester City, who were left to rue not taking their chances.
Gloucester did start the game brightly and won a couple of corners in the opening minutes but it was Filton who took the lead from their first meaningful attack. Kim Maggs burst into the area and, although her shot was blocked by Lauren Wells, Abby Reynolds was on hand to tuck home the rebound.
Gloucester responded well and a good pass from Charlie Griffin found Leanne Godwin in the area where she dragged her shot wide. The South West Combination side were having the better of territory at this stage but Filton defended well and prevented them from creating any further clear cut chances.
Filton twice went close to doubling their lead from corners, first the lively Reynolds was denied by a good near post save from Wells, then another kick cannoned off a Gloucester defender and was cleared off the line by Laura Meheran, play being waved on despite Filton's appeals for a goal.
Reynolds was proving hard to hold for the Gloucester defence during the first half and she capitalised nine minutes before half time with her second goal. The striker broke through on goal and her initial shot was saved by Wells but Reynolds followed up to score from the rebound.
Reynolds was close to her hat-trick just a minute later but Wells again made an excellent point blank save and the Gloucester defence eventually scrambled the ball away. A Maggs corner then led to another good chance but Georgie Presswell headed wide from close range.
Gloucester weathered the good spell from Filton and almost pulled a goal back in first half injury time. Helen Wood made a good interception in midfield and found Godwin just outside the area, the young striker trying her luck with a shot that was inches over the bar.
The second half saw fewer chances at either end and a Gloucester double substitution helped tighten matters at the back, Charlene Rooney and Louise Bull both having impressive games. Filton were content to keep possession whenever possible, especially when being reduced to ten players as Hannah Churchill left the field with severe cramp.
Gloucester threw players forward as the game went on in attempt to get themselves back into the game. Godwin did well to fashion a chance for herself as she got past two defenders but sent her shot straight at Abby Evans.
Wood was unlucky when going close with a glancing header from Griffin's cross and a long range effort by Yvette Kemp was saved by Evans but Filton closed the game out successfully to lift the trophy for the fourth time in five years.
Filton College: Abby Evans, Becky Holloway, Kirsten Rendall, Georgie Malpas (sub Molly Furnival-Doran 63mins), Nadine Grogan, Hannah Churchill, Robyn Pinder, Kim Maggs, Abby Reynolds, Georgie Presswell, Ellie Sergeant.
Gloucester City: Lauren Wells, Laura Meheran, Kathryn Savage (sub Charlene Rooney 45mins), Libby Timney (sub Louise Bull 54mins), Laura Stephens, Yvette Kemp, Cheryl Baber, Leanne Godwin, Helen Wood, Kelly Hall (sub Annie Martin 64mins), Charlie Griffin.
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