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Bishop's Lydeard 1 (Williams 9) Callington Town 1 (Marment 18)
(Callington won 3-1 on penalties)
Callington Town won the Bristol Soccerworld Cup on a penalty shootout after two evenly matched sides fought out a 1-1 draw at Cullompton.
Central defender Lucy Kisielewska scored the winning penalty to finally separate the teams after Bishop's Lydeard twice missed the target and Sara Rowe saved the opening kick.
After securing the Eastern Division title seven days earlier, Bishop's Lydeard went into the game as narrow favourites and they started confidently. This brought reward after just nine minutes when a free kick was half cleared as far as Rosie Williams who hooked a dipping 25 yard volley over Rowe to open the scoring.
Callington responded well to the early setback and were quickly back on level terms. Holly Miller's wayward back pass was seized on by Kat Marment and the leading scoring coolly planted her shot past Amanda Hubbard for the equaliser.
Suzanne Daw fired a shot over the bar but shortly afterwards, the experienced midfielder suffered a suspected broken ankle and wrist and was taken to hospital, causing a lengthy stoppage.
Hubbard needed to be alert as half time approached, coming off her line to make a good smothering save at the feet of Samantha Veal. Grace O'Leary was narrowly off target with a 25-yard strike as half time came with the scores level.
Naomi Grant drove a shot wide early in the second half and Williams put a free kick over the bar from the edge of the area as Bishop's Lydeard started well after the resumption. However Callington also looked dangerous going forward with Kate Nicholls shooting wide after beating her marker.
Callington were to go even closer when Sarah Winn's ball forward was headed on by Jodie Shipton for the pacey Marment who cut inside a challenge from Amy Clegg and her shot looked destined for the corner of the net but Hubbard dived to her right to pull off an outstanding save.
With Shipton working hard in midfield and central defenders Kisielewska and Natalie Owen looking a good combination, Callington were having the better of things at this stage but Bishop's Lydeard grew stronger as the half wore on. Miller threatened with a strong run down the left and her well struck left foot shot was fingertipped past the post by Rowe, although a goal kick was awarded.
A mistake at the other end gave an opportunity to Nicholls whose shot was held above her head by Hubbard but the momentum was now with Bishop's Lydeard. Miller, determined to make up for her earlier error, made an excellent run with took her past three defenders and into the area but her shot was just past the post.
The game went into extra time but by now, fatigue was taking over and a number of players suffered with cramp in both teams. As a result, chances were fewer at either end with both defences remaining tight and well organised.
Marment had a shot saved by Hubbard early in the second period but despite the efforts of both teams, they could not break down either defence and the game went to penalties.
Miller's opening kick was saved by Callington keeper Rowe, with Veal finding the back of the net. Natalie Poole scored confidently with Marment finding the top corner to keep the Cornish side in front. Sophie Hart then missed the target as did O'Leary, but Jemma Bowker also shot over, leading Kisielewska the chance to win her side the trophy. The central defender's kick went in via the post to give Callington victory, sparking off celebrations with her team mates.
Bishop's Lydeard: Amanda Hubbard, Amy Clegg, Sarah Waygood, Jemma Bowker, Naomi Grant, Natalie Poole, Holly Miller, Suzanne Daw, Sophie Hart, Rosie Williams, Dawna Dennett. Subs (rolling): Sarah Pearce, Emily Crook, Gemma Chilcott, Helen Knott, Ruth Dives.
Callington Town: Sara Rowe, Luise Ham, Kate McPherson, Natalie Owen, Lucy Kisielewska, Kate Lewis, Peyton Ringham, Jodie Shipton, Kate Nicholls, Kat Marment, Samantha Veal. Subs (rolling): Grace O'Leary, Sarah Winn, Imogen Cooper, Marie Wilson, Alice Gibson.
(top) Holly Miller attempts to send in a cross past Samantha Veal
(middle) Kat Marment slides in to tackle Helen Knott with Jodie Shipton closing in
(bottom) Callington Town celebrate their victory
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