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Alphington on the spot
 Women's Football News 10 May 2016
 
Alphington on the spot - 10 May 2016 - Women's Football NewsAlphington 2 (Burwood 4, Millett 17)
Plympton Ladies 2 (Robinson 15, Taylor 90)
Alphington won 4-2 on penalties

Alphington overcame the disappointment of conceding an injury time equaliser to win the resulting penalty shootout following a very well contested Bristol Soccerworld Cup Final at Cullompton. 
 
Despite having led virtually all match, Alphington were never safe against a lively Plympton attack as the game lived up to pre-match expectations of being closely contested.
 
Alphington were to go ahead with just four minutes on the clock after being awarded a free kick 35 yards from goal. Laura Burwood stepped up to plant a shot which dipped over Lauren Rosevear and under the bar for a spectacular strike.
 
Plympton reacted well to the early setback with Stacey Jeffery forcing a save from Ashleigh Brown but as the game reached the quarter hour, they were back on level terms. Chelsea Robinson chased a long ball forward and held off the attentions of Alex Banks before her shot beat Brown and went in off the far post.
 
Plympton's joy did not last long however, Burwood tried her luck from another long range free kick which this time hit the post. Barely a minute later, Jo Lockyear whipped in a pinpoint cross from the right and Jodie Millett restored Alphington's lead with a looping header into the far corner.
 
Kelly Vinnicombe drove a shot over the bar for Plympton but Alphington were to go close again as Lockyear intercepted a pass from Rosevear but her attempted lob was just too high.
 
Plympton began to get on top and were unlucky not to equalise on 27 minutes. Robinson's through ball released Sam Metters who lobbed the ball goalwards. Goalkeeper Brown appeared to lose the flight of the ball but as she retreated, it hit her in the back before bouncing into the path of Jeffery and this time Brown did well to deflect her shot past the post.
 
Robinson was showing up well for Plympton and another good pass was again latched onto by the lively Metters who brought out a good save from Brown.
 
Alphington weathered the storm through hard work and good defending and were able to keep Plympton at bay to take their lead into the half time interval.
 
The opening period of the second half was evenly contested with few chances at either end until just before the hour mark, when Kirsty Brown unleashed a dipping shot which Rosevear did well to turn over the bar.
 
Back came Plympton with Maisie Williams' crossfield pass finding Jeffery on the left her cross picked out Metters at the far post but, under pressure from Ashleigh Brown, she headed just wide.
 
As the half wore on, Plympton pressed further and further forward with the introduction of the pacey Summer Taylor having given them an extra threat although Alphington stood firm, in particular central defenders Jen Harris and Emily Angus. Williams was next to go close, after a corner had been half cleared, but her lob was just off target.
 
Burwood drove another long range free kick narrowly over at the other end but Plympton were inflicting more pressure and, just when it seemed that Alphington had closed the game out, struck a huge blow.
 
One minute into injury time, a pass by Danii Moody released Taylor down the left where she cut in past two tackles and buried a firm shot into the net from the edge of the area.
 
Taylor could even have won it a minute later as she chased down a pass from Metters and her angled shot beat Ashleigh Brown but hit the outside of the post. This was to be the last opportunity for either side and the game went straight into a penalty shootout.
 
Karen Buck scored first for Alphington, with Metters replying and after Sammie Gray had found the net, Ashleigh Brown then stood up to save from Lauren Boyle and give Alphington the advantage. However, Rosevear responded with a fine stop to keep out Millett's kick and Williams levelled matters once again. Burwood drilled her kick into the top corner but then, Moody lifted her shot over the bar.
 
This left Kirsty Brown needing to score to clinch victory for Alphington and she drove the ball confidently home to spark celebrations from her team. 
 
Alphington: Ashleigh Brown, Alex Banks, Karen Buck, Jodie Millett, Jen Harris, Emily Angus, Sammie Gray, Mary Murphy, Laura Burwood, Jo Lockyear, Abbie Harris. Subs: Kirsty Brown, Jodie Smith, Chloe Babel.

Plympton Ladies: Lauren Rosevear, Kelly Vinnicombe, Charlie Nicholson, Codie Cleugh, Becky Parkyn, Danii Moody, Stacey Jeffery, Chelsea Robinson, Sam Metters, Maisie Williams, Ellie Simpson. Subs: Lauren Boyle, Emily Hollister, Summer Taylor.

Photos:

(top) Abbie Harris clears away under pressure from Stacey Jeffery
(middle) Jo Lockyear is faced by Charlie Nicholson
(bottom) Alphington celebrate with the trophy

 
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