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After their epic semi final win over Sheffield Wednesday Res a few weeks back, Oughtibridge WM went into this Final as strong favourites to retain the Sheffield & Hallamshire League Krukowski League Cup against fellow Division One side Chesterfield and they merited that tag with a comprehensive display and 4-0 victory at Athersley.
From the off it was the back three of Kelly Biney, Emma Softley and Adele McCrory who caught the eye with some slick passing and movement to which enabled wing backs Holly Towns and Annie Longmore to stretch a Chesterfield side who had come to park the bus and stay in the game as long as possible.
Oughtibridge went close with good efforts by Softley, Longmore and Becky Shaw and the resistance was eventually broken on 28 minutes as midfield dynamo Jenny Selman shot home in a crowded area. She then went close again with a fine header before the prolific Codi Melia popped up to make it 2-0 on 35 minutes with an emphatic strike. It could have been three soon after as Melia beat the keeper but saw her effort hit a post and roll along the line with the claims that it had crossed being waved away by the assistant referee.
The contest was over shortly after half time as Lauren Turner scored with a wonderful overhead volley from another Longmore corner to make it 3-0. As Chesterfield tired the WM ladies threw on fresh legs and it was Codi Melia again who fired home from the edge of the box to make it 4-0 after good wing play by Laura Cain.
Rookie strike duo Bridie Pitsch and Holly Towns took over up front late on and combined superbly for what would have been a goal of the season contender but were thwarted by a brilliant saving tackle as they tried to walk the ball in.
Coach Eva Egginton replaced Liz Dickens between the sticks whilst Lizzie Peake and Kirsty Walker continued to boss the back three. Chesterfield never buckled and did their manager proud, none more so than one player who had run in the London Marathon in the morning before travelling back to play in the final. But it was left to proud Oughtibridge skipper Abigail Towns to receive the cup from Lorraine Krukowski and celebrate a league and cup double for the second season running.
Photo - Julian Barker
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