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Bromley Ladies captured the Russell Cup with a 3-1 victory over North London opponents Headstone Manor in the second match of the Greater London Women's League Finals day.
Two first half goals gave the Kent team an advantage and the third came shortly after the restart. A spirited Headstone team mounted late pressure which brought a deserved consolation for the players and their large group of supporters but it was Bromley who took the honours on the day.
The sides seemed evenly matched through the first twenty minutes but Bromley took the lead when Emma Jones floated in a free kick from the right and Manor keeper Ruth Paterson could only half clear the ball at full stretch to where Lucia Carini was able to shoot home from five yards. Gemma Taylor went close to equalising with a long range effort but Jones was equally close with a powerful drive, inches wide on 31 minutes.
Paterson made a fine diving save for a corner from another free kick and Rebecca Bays went very close with a shot from 20 yards which cannoned off the underside of the bar. The same player found the target four minutes later with a lovely controlled volley after good work on the right by Chloe Robertson to give Bromley a two goal lead. Irisha Smith had a wonderful chance to reduce the arrears but dragged her shot wide as Lisa Whitnall came to meet her.
The next goal would be crucial in the context of a fairly even contest and Headstone started the second half well with Smith a real threat every time she got the ball and Sinead Walsh troubling the Bromley defence with her set pieces and crosses. However another fine finish from Bays on 68 minutes gave Bromley the cushion they were seeking this time lobbing a bouncing ball wide of Paterson.
As Manor sought a way back and left gaps at the back, Paterson made fine saves from Emma Rolfe and Kristy Higginson to keep her team afloat. At the other end Whitnall was also kept busy as was her defence, several corners almost bringing reward. Finally, in the 89th minute Smith latched on to a half cleared corner and curled a shot which found its way into the far corner of the Bromley net.
Further late pressure led to a couple of half chances as Headstone finished with pride and energy but Bromley had been more clinical and deserved their win to go with a fine GLWFL season where they still have one match to play at Godalming.
Bromley LFC: Lisa Whitnall, Kelly Newbound, Hollie Gallone, Chloe Robertson, Rebecca Bays, Rhiannon Davies, Lucia Carini, Kristy Higginson, Emma Rolfe, Samantha Tyler, Emma Jones. Subs: Ceylan Hurelli, Catherine Stowell, Nikki May.
Headstone Manor: Ruth Paterson, Alex Newton, Gemma Taylor, Hannah Egan, Irisha Smith, Jade Doherty, Jemma Forey, Katy Ruddock, Sinead Walsh, Sam Yerby, Sammy Nagle. Subs: Sherise Binns, Olivia Weetch, Vicky Cooper.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Irisha Smith slides in to tackle Rebecca Bays
(middle) Sherise Binns and Rebecca Bays in the thick of the action
(bottom) Bromley celebrate with the cup
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