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Penrith keep hands on Cup
 Women's Football News 30 May 2013
 
Penrith AFC retained the Cumberland FA Women's County Cup with a hard fought 5-1 victory over Abbeytown in the re-arranged Final at Keswick FC. 
 
The game got off to a frantic start with both teams looking to establish a foothold in the game and it was the North West Regional League side that looked the more dangerous as the first real opportunity fell to forward Cheryl Brierley whose neat turn and shot was well blocked by the Abbeytown defence.
 
Brierley was again in action, this time playing a through ball which found Katie Armstrong, but the half chance was quickly snubbed by the advancing Laura Miller in the Abbeytown goal.
 
Penrith's early dominance paid dividends when a high cross into the box found Charlotte Smith whose header looped into the net to make it 1-0 to Penrith.
 
This setback appeared to stir the Abbeytown players and they responded well enjoying their best spell of the game, which eventually resulted in a chance for Chelsie Browbank who capitalised on some indecision in the Penrith defence to break through on goal, only be foiled by an excellent recovery tackle from Penrith's Nic Tweddle.
 
The Cumbria League side continued to press but found themselves 2-0 down following a moment of individual brilliance from Penrith's Jaimi Wilson, who picked up the ball just inside the Abbeytown half, looked up and curled a long range 'Beckhamesque' shot into the top corner of the net.
 
Again Abbeytown displayed great resolve and were soon right back in the game when the ever dangerous Browbank's corner curled straight into the Penrith net to make the score 2-1.
 
The game was now end to end with chances for both sides. Firstly Penrith's Nat Broad set up Wilson whose shot crept just wide. Then Abbeytown's Hannah Robinson broke through on goal but was eventually outnumbered by Penrith defenders who cleared the ball.
 
As half time approached Penrith's Hannah Coulthard restored the two goal advantage when her header, from an excellent Emily Hope cross, made it 3-1 at the interval.
 
The second half started much the same as the first with both teams enjoying brief periods of possession. However the Penrith side soon began to dominate in what for a brief moment appeared to be a private battle between the Penrith forwards and Laura Miller in the Abbeytown goal.
 
First Miller saved well with her feet from Coulthard. Then she made the save of the game, when acrobatically pushing a curling shot from Louise Cooper round the post. Finally she thwarted Cooper once again when saving well from a shot from the edge of the area following good link up play.
 
However Miller could do nothing about Penrith's fourth, which came from the penalty spot and was despatched with aplomb by Brierley.
 
Abbeytown continued to compete and show the attitude that had seen them crowned Cumbria Women's League Champions and League Cup Winners and in Hannah Robinson and Kate Brown they had a front line who continued to pose questions of the Penrith backline. A through ball from Brown almost found Robinson but Becca Green in the Penrith goal was quickly off her line to clear. The same combination again linked well but Robinson half volley was just wide.
 
As Abbeytown tired, Penrith displayed the football that has seen them progress from the County League to become one of the lading teams within the county. The best move of the game eventually came to Katie Armstrong whose neat finish made it 5-1.
 
However the final pieces of action belong to Laura Miller in the Abbeytown goal, as saves from Cooper and then Emily Hope capped off what was a tremendous individual performance from the talented keeper.
 
(Source: www.cumberlandfa.com)

 
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