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Yeovil Town completed an excellent season by making it a hat-trick of Somerset FA Women's Senior Cup wins with a 4-1 victory over Keynsham Town.
Fittingly it was a second half hat-trick by leading goalscorer Laura Bray which clinched the result and gave a scoreline which did not reflect the close nature of the contest.
Keynsham were able to exert strong pressure on the Glovers defence for much of the match and it was only in the first and last quarter of an hour that Yeovil were able to get their passing game going. Bray's finishing proved the key; in addition to her three goals she hit the post and had an effort ruled out for a marginal offside in a golden second period.
Stacey Pearson had the first effort in a bright Yeovil opening volleying over on six minutes. Grace Rapp opened the scoring on 13 minutes with a good finish from a tight angle after rounding Amber Thornell in the Keynsham goal. Jade Radburn, who was outstanding throughout, went close with a couple of headers from free kicks but Keynsham gradually worked their way into the match.
Rachel Simkin, in for Beth Howard who was on England Colleges duty, was brought into action by a series of testing crosses and corners. One clearance from a corner under pressure from Ellen Cook led to a long injury stoppage but the Yeovil keeper was soon in action again. Keynsham looked odds on to equalise with Polly Wardle and Leanne Lapham both hitting the woodwork but the Glovers defence held firm till the break.
It only took three minutes for Yeovil to double their lead with Bray coolly finishing a one-on-one with Thornell. Once again, however, it was the South West Combination team who took a grip on the game, looking sharp all over the pitch and exploiting the wings very effectively.
Aimee Clark's set pieces were dangerous all evening and a perfect delivery from the left touchline set up Keynsham's goal just after the hour. The cross eliminated the entire Yeovil defence and was bundled in from close range by Agnieszka Ziolek on the far post. The speed of the Keynsham attacks forced Yeovil into desperate defence at times. Katarzyna Rusek, Leanne Lapham and Ziolek all threatened at times but a clear cut opening never really emerged. It was Ellen Cook who was closest to an equaliser with an effort just over.
Bray was denied twice in as many minutes midway through the second half, firstly by an offside decision then by the post after outwitting the Keynsham defence. Her second eventually came from a penalty after Radburn was fouled but the best move of the match brought the final goal on 82 minutes.
Radburn burst past two defenders and fed Kayleigh Sage on the right. Her clever short pass fed Bray who cut inside along the edge of the area before driving a low left foot shot back inside Thornell's near post.
Both teams were impressive in a very good match. Keynsham were bright and played with pace and tempo to worry their opponents. Yeovil absorbed pressure well and showed in patches their best attributes. Most of all, Yeovil had the goal threat of Bray to seal their third successive Cup success and round off the best season in their history.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
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