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Ascot Utd 2 Milton Keynes City 1
Ascot United secured the Berks & Bucks FA Junior Cup with a 2-1 victory over Milton Keynes City at Abingdon United FC.
An excellent match was settled by a goal worthy of winning a trophy in the 90th minute when Lauren Futcher lashed in a left foot volley from a tight angle but defeat was very cruel on a City side which had been on top for the first hour and had played very well throughout.
Playing with a strengthening breeze at their backs. Milton Keynes City poured forward and created a series of early chances. Dani Rolph had the best early effort, a 20-yarder tipped over at full stretch by Anna Lisney. City skipper Laura Geyton had a shot deflected inches wide before Roxy Karbonwik gave them the lead on 16 minutes. Having had a first effort blocked, Karbonwik reacted quickly to fire the rebound high into the net from 15 yards.
City continued to press and Ascot struggled to mount any threat, apart from one blocked Claire Hudson shot. Aimee Barrable netted for City but was adjudged offside and Mia Skaarup hooked a snap shot just wide on 42 minutes.
Milton Keynes City finished the half having forced nine corners but taking just the single goal lead to the break.
Ascot United returned with far more threat and finally exerted pressure on the City goal. Geyton made a last ditch interception to stop their best move of the match but on the hour, Ascot were level when a long through ball released Jodie Webb for an opportunist finish past the advancing Sarah Madden-Connor.
City were still creating chances, Holly Fowler sending an inviting cross which just evaded both Shannon Brown and Michelle Morrell in front of goal and Skaarup hitting a 30-yard effort which Lisney did well to keepout at the second attempt on 85 minutes.
Just as the match seemed certain to go into extra time, Futcher's magic moment won the cup. The ball bounced in front of the Ascot forward and she hit a first time effort across goal and into the top right corner of Madden-Connor's net from wide on the left of the penalty area. There was no time for a reply from the Buckinghamshire team and Ascot were soon celebrating their victory, earned by hanging in when the going was tough and finding the finish just at the right time.
Both teams made the final a very enjoyable spectacle and did the occasion proud through hard work and adventurous play.
Ascot United: Anna Lisney, Kim Barnes-Dallas, Laura Rowley, Jodie Webb, Lauren Broadhurst, Nioml Collins, Alice Hyde, Claire Hudson, Hannah Evans, Steph Fettes, Alix Todd. Subs: Lauren Futcher, Nikki Bancroft, Courtney Gibbons, Nancy Potinger, Caz Brinsden-Kocacs.
Milton Keynes City: Sarah Madden-Connor, Dani Metcalfe, Steff Crook, Michelle Morrall, Shannon Brown, Laura Geyton, Mia Skaarup, Dani Rolph, Roxy Karbownik, Aimee Barrable, Gina Burns. Subs: Gemma Taylor, Stacy Ellet, Christine Jarvis, Holly Fowler, Jess Katsinas.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Roxy Karbownik fires MK City in front
(middle) Lauren Futcher scores the winner for Ascot with an unstoppable shot
(bottom) The victorious Ascot United team with the trophy
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