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Brislington 2 (Gunter 15, Kirby 107) Keynsham Town Res 1 (Carr 21)
Brislington made it a hat-trick of successes in the Somerset FA Junior Women's Cup when an extra time goal from Abbie Kirby finally broke the resistance of Keynsham Town Reserves at Odd Down.
Brislington went into the game as firm favourites and started strongly with Emily Plummer hitting the side netting with a shot early on. Jazz Faiers had an effort charged down from a corner before the early pressure was rewarded on the quarter hour.
Plummer broke into the area and her shot was parried by Elena Copelea, the rebound falling for Zoe Gunter who showed great composure to guide the ball into the corner of the net for the opening goal.
Keynsham reacted well to the setback though and six minutes later, Sophie Freeman played in Anna Burgoyne who tried to clip the ball over Tallulah Wheeler but was denied by a fine save. From the resulting corner, Molly Blethyn's accurate kick picked out Louise Carr to sweep the ball home at the far post.
The goal visibly lifted the Keynsham side who looked more confident in possession going forward. Brislington continued to look dangerous in attack as well with Gunter impressing in midfield and Sophie Whelan looking lively on the right but the Keynsham defence, well marshalled by Abi Saunders and Roanna England in the centre, were standing firm.
Keynsham could have taken the lead as half time approached when Charlie Grimes brought out a save from Wheeler but the scores were level going into the break.
The pattern of the game continued in the second half with Brislington having more possession but struggling to break down Keynsham, who looked content to hit on the break. Kim Maggs had an effort from the edge of the area saved by Copelea but the Keynsham keeper was otherwise well protected by her defence.
Keynsham's best chance came with nineteen minutes remaining when Burgoyne's pass released Grimes on goal with only Wheeler to beat but after holding off Jess Osborne, her shot flew straight at Wheeler.
Neither team could manage a breakthrough against well drilled defences and the game moved into extra time.
Brislington began to grow stronger as the extra period began and Plummer forced an early save from Copelea. The striker again threatened shortly afterwards with a good turn on the edge of the area and her strike brought out a good stop by Copelea but this time, the Keynsham defence were well placed to scramble the ball clear.
Despite some neat touches from Blethyn and the hard work of Grimes up front, Keynsham were finding it hard to make an impression against the Brislington defence and were coming under increasing pressure as time went on.
Two minutes into the second period, Brislington managed to restore their lead. The excellent Saunders looked to have averted the initial danger but her pass out of defence was intercepted and Hollie Hodgson supplied an inch perfect through ball for Kirby who placed her shot past the oncoming Copelea.
A minute later, Keynsham were awarded a free kick 30 yards from goal but Grimes' shot was off target. Brislington nearly added to their lead when Georgia Vandries exchanges passes with Plummer before firing over but they were able to run down the clock without any more scares in order to lift the cup for the third year in a row.
Brislington: Tallulah Wheeler, Leigha Milkins, Amy Ford, Jazz Faiers, Chloe Rogers, Jess Osborne, Sophie Whelan, Vicky Powell, Hollie Hodgson, Zoe Gunter, Emily Plummer. Subs (rolling): Kim Maggs, Georgia Vandries, Abbie Kirby, Molly Moore.
Keynsham Town Res: Elena Copelea, Georgia Rawlinson, Kirsty Smith, Abi Saunders, Abi Winnett, Roanna England, Sophie Freeman, Molly Blethyn, Charlie Grimes, Anna Burgoyne, Louise Carr. Subs (rolling): Rosie Bostock, Daisy Pearce-Lyons, Emma Summerill, Helena Tallgren.
(top) Zoe Gunter is faced by Abi Winnett
(middle) Sophie Whelan takes on Louise Carr
(bottom) Molly Blethyn tries to get away from Amy Ford
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