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Dons Development double delight
 Women's Football News 18 May 2015
 
Dons Development double delight - 18 May 2015 - Women's Football NewsAFC Wimbledon Development 3 Camden Town 1 (aet)
The last match of a superb Finals day in the Greater London League was a 'battle of the champions' for the John Greenacre Memorial Trophy. 
 
AFC Wimbledon Development of Division One took on Camden of the London and South East Regional League Division One (London). A real heavyweight contest was on a knife edge throughout but it was the Dons who found the way to land the knockout punch with two goals late in extra time for a 3-1 win.
 
Both teams had plenty of attacking flair throughout which made for an exciting match with plenty of twists and turns. Camden threatened first with Dons keeper Ashleigh McGuigan making the first of many fine saves, this time from Eleni Savva's shot on 11 minutes.
 
Wimbledon went close on 18 minutes with Aremide Okekunle shooting wide when clean through. Hayley O'Brien hit the bar for Camden and Georgia Heasman was denied a Dons opener by a brave diving save at her feet by the Camden keeper.
 
A fantastic solo effort from Camden's Frankie Stone broke the deadlock, running from distance, beating three defenders then slotting the ball past McGuigan on 40 minutes.
 
The Dons keeper made a crucial stop right on the break to deny Savva a second and Wimbledon fought back after the break. The Camden keeper was penalised on the edge of her six yard box whilst clearing a ball after catching it on 54 minutes and a clever free kick move allowed Elle Richards to fire home the equaliser via a deflection.
 
Wimbledon were again grateful to McGuigan who saved a penalty awarded for handball on 75 minutes blocking Catherine Needham's shot then grabbing the ball as it threatened to roll on into the net. Heasman was very lively for the Dons, twice testing the keeper from distance as the match ended level after 90 minutes.
 
Another penalty, this time for Wimbledon, right at the end of the first period of extra time was crucial, Okekunle converting from the spot. Dons sealed the victory with a third when Richards was alert to convert an inswinging corner on 110 minutes for her second strike. Dons continued to move the ball well and Heasman drew a good save when played in by Richards.
 
The large AFC Wimbledon support were able to celebrate a successful end to a superb season for their Development squad with the League and Cup double, allied to another FA Cup run whilst Camden received their runners up medals and also rewards for an outstanding League campaign which saw them clinch the Division One (London) title by the beginning of March. 
 
AFC Wimbledon Development: Ashleigh McGuigan, Jess Drage, Sian Bruty, Jodie Weller, Emily Bernard, Megan Smith, Bernice Tully, Sarah Killick-Bird, Kate Martin, Aramide Okekunle, Georgia Heasman. Subs: Jenny Ford, Georgia Ridgeway, Elle Richards, Allana Ashmeil.

Camden Town: Ellie Taladianou, Megan Worthing-Davies, Sarah Mussell, Catherine Needham, Sarah White, Frankie Stone, Abbie Brandon, Rosie Neilson, Eleni Savva, Kirsten Thomson, Hayley O'Brien. Subs: Louise Cook, Nicolle Houston, Carla Carvalho, Jackie Newing, Lowri Williams.

(Report by Patrick Higgins)

Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:

(top) Allana Ashmeil is held off by Eleni Savva
(middle) Sian Bruty clears from Nicolle Houston
(bottom) Celebration time for AFC Wimbledon Development

 
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