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Dons delight a decade on
 Women's Football News 17 Apr 2015
 
Dons delight a decade on - 17 Apr 2015 - Women's Football News

 
AFC Wimbledon won the Surrey FA Cup for the first time in ten years after beating holders Carshalton Athletic 3-1 after extra time at Leatherhead FC. 
 
Trailing early in the second half to a Laura Curtis goal, the Dons raised their game to draw level, went very close to winning in normal time, then scored two crucial goals in the second period of extra time to land a trophy they last won when they were a Premier League Southern Division team in 2004-05.
 
The matching of two leading London & South East Regional League Premier Division frontrunners promised an intriguing and close affair and so it proved to be, with Carshalton shading the first half and Wimbledon having the upper hand after the break. Each team had an outstanding attacker, Caz Bisson for the Dons and Laura Curtis for the Robins, both of whom were lively thorns in the side for opposing defenders.
 
It was Carshalton who so nearly took an early lead when Janaya Spiteri hit the underside of the bar with a flighted free kick in the second minute. Lauren Carnell shot over from a corner for Dons but the best chances continued to fall at the other end. Liane Tylee made a sharp save from another Spiteri free kick, Ella Bale put a good chance wide on 32 minutes after another Tylee save and Carnell cleared off the line a minute later before Bale went close again after cutting inside. Chanell Yardley had to be quick off her line to deny Bisson but little else was seen of the Dons attack before the break.
 
Carshalton took the lead four minutes after the restart with a Laura Curtis shot from 20 yards from a half cleared corner. The Dons replied seven minutes later when Bisson was played in for a neat close range finish. The same player had an effort deflected just over Yardley's goal, then Alison Hall made a great defensive header from the resulting corner. Bisson was inches away from giving Dons the lead on 79 minutes with a drive hitting the underside of the bar.
 
Tylee made a good save from another dangerous Spiteri free kick in the final minute and the match went into extra time. There were few chances in the first period but it was Bisson who fashioned the decisive goal with a run into the left side of the area past two defenders and a cut back for substitute Sian Wylie to score from close range. Linsey Clarke made the game safe soon after with a lofted effort from the edge of the area and AFC Wimbledon saw the game out fairly comfortably.
 
A very good final was well contested in front of a sizeable crowd and Bisson was awarded player of the match before Jess Trimnell stepped up to lift the trophy which crowned this season's revival in the fortunes of the Dons.
 
AFC Wimbledon: Liane Tylee, Cindy Colliver, Linsey Clarke, Alysha Clements, Sian Houghton-North, Lauren Carnell, Jess Trimnell, Jordanne Hoesli-Atkins, Caz Bisson, Bianca Walker, Emma Keady. Subs: Ashleigh McGuigan, Ellen Martin, Fleur Robinson, Sian Wylie, Zoe Clifford.

Carshalton Athletic: Chanell Yardley, Emily Curtis, Jessica Burke, Paige Atkinson, Danielle Davies, Joanna Goodwin, Ella Bale, Jayana Spiteri, Alison Hall, Laura Curtis, Emma Bignell. Subs: Kayley Smith, Ella Simmons, Melanie Anderson, Beth Roche.

(Report by Patrick Higgins)

Photo by www.jamesprickett.co.uk.

 
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