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Bromley lifted the Kent FA Plate with a 3-1 victory over Prince of Wales at Chatham Town on Wednesday evening.
An outstanding hat-trick from Rebecca Bays saw the Greater London League Division One team past very impressive opponents who played a full part in an exciting contest. The losing Plate finalists from last season thus had a far happier outcome to their second attempt to secure the trophy.
Prince of Wales made a dynamic start to the match, threatening the Bromley goal repeatedly during the opening quarter of the contest. Kate Goddard hit the post after a run past several defenders, then Caroline Rennie forced a very good save from Kristy Higginson from a low drive from the edge of the area. The resulting corner very nearly went in and then Emma Vicount had a free kick scrambled away.
Bromley opened the score on the half hour, totally against the run of play. Bays played a one-two with Tanya Holley, rounded keeper Jade Brookes and finished neatly from a tight angle. Prince of Wales continued to press, with Charlotte Scamps going close from a corner with a header but Bromley took a single goal lead into the break.
Bays doubled the advantage soon after the restart with another good finish after outwitting the defence on 48 minutes and Bromley grew in confidence from this. Their defence looked far more secure and they managed to mount several dangerous attacks which stretched the Prince of Wales rearguard. Bays was at the heart of most of the moves, her pace and passing ability creating openings for team mates.
Brookes made a fine save from a point blank shot from Holley and her team were given a lifeline by an outstanding goal from Maria Wharfe. Picking the ball up on halfway, Wharfe simply ran through the Bromley defence, evading three challenges and rolling the ball wide of the advancing Higginson just after the hour.
Prince of Wales pressed hard, encouraged by a large and enthusiastic support, but Bromley protected their lead with very resolute defending. The match was settled on 82 minutes when a free kick found its way through to Bays on the right edge of the area and the hat-trick was completed with a low drive wide of Brookes.
The match and whole event was an excellent advert for football in the county. Both squads played with great commitment and good tempo for the whole 90 minutes and can take pride in their performance. Bays' finishing proved the difference between two well matched teams.
Bromley: Kristy Higginson, Chloe Robertson, Rhiannon Davies, Kelly Newbound, Rachael Baker, Alexandra Rusk, Emma Jones, Nikki May, Lucia Carini, Rebecca Bays, Tanya Holley. Subs: Samantha Tyler, Beth Donovan, Kirsty Mitchell, Jane Morgan, Victoria Wells.
Prince of Wales: Jade Brookes, Emma Viscount, Caroline Rennie, Maria Wharfe, Claire Gilmour, Liberty Prior, Charlotte Scamps, Victoria Kemp, Isobelle Woods, Danniella Ritsen, Louisa Croasdale. Subs: Ashley Holmes, Kate Goddard, Chloe Galvin, Aimee Picton, Carly Spratt.
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Victoria King slides in to tackle Rebecca Bays
(bottom) Victorious Bromley with the Kent Plate
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