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University College London won the Capital Women's Junior Cup Final with a last gasp 2-1 victory over Clapham United Reserves at Metropolitan Police FC.
UCL have had a very successful year, in BUCS South East Division One and the London University Sports League whilst Clapham United are going well in the Greater London League Division Two South. There was nothing to choose between the teams in very competitive match where each team dominated one half, but a penalty ten seconds from the end gave UCL the win.
The university team started well, having a Faten Issa goal ruled out for offside in the second minute. Clapham had a couple of sights of UCL's keeper Annie Wedel's goal but the better chances fell to UCL. The opening goal came just before the half hour when Issa fed Diede Fennema. The initial shot was well saved by Clapham keeper Annalie Schutz but the rebound was coolly lobbed home by Rachel Shone from the edge of the area.
UCL could have gone further ahead but Schutz made a good save from Issa's header after good work by Fennema. Molly Hrudka shot just wide from distance and Jess Wadey just over as UCL finished the half with a deserved lead.
Clapham returned with real intent right from the first whistle on the restart and pushed UCL deeper and deeper as they pressed for an equaliser. Katie Savelli had the first dangerous effort well held by Wedel. who then made two further saves first from Savelli again, then racing from her line to deny Sophie Walker just before the hour.
Clapham were inches away from equalising when Sophie Walker twice got clear of the UCL defenders but each time her shot went past the post with Wedel beaten. Finally, Clapham got their reward on 74 minutes when Sophie Walker was fouled just outside the box and Julie Tournier stepped up to curl a free kick into the far corner for a well deserved leveller.
The match hung in the balance in the final ten minutes . Kiah Rutz made a vital saving tackle for UCL whilst Emily Rohrer was denied by another Wedel save. The drama came at the other end deep into added time when a penalty was awarded and Rutz stepped to coolly convert to give UCL the victory.
Defeat in the final moments was a cruel for Clapham United after a stirring second half but UCL had also given their all in a match taking place well after their normal season had ended.
University College London: Annie Wedel, Charlotte Owen, Jess Wadey, Kiah Rutz, Molly Hrudka, Christina Sofianos, Rebecca Fickling, Faten Issa, Kirsten Walker, Rachel Shone, Diede Fennema. Subs: Allie Penta, Hue Lim, Aisling Judge, Kate Goldmann.
Clapham Utd Res: Annalie Schutz, Sarah Douglas, Amy Kingshott, Julie Tournier, Alice Walker, Laura Burns, Laura Whitnall, Filipa Pires, Emily Rohrer, Beth Towle, Sophie Walker. Subs: Emily Hill, Katie Savelli, Amy Lake, Hayley Wheeler, Emma Sampson.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Sarah Douglas in pursuit of Faten Issa
(middle) Sophie Walker fires goalwards for Clapham
(bottom) University College London with the cup
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