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Ashford Town (Middx) 3 Battersea & Hammersmith 2
Ashford Town (Middx) added the GLWFL Trophy to their Division Two South title by staging a thrilling comeback win over Battersea & Hammersmith in the second match of Finals day.
Trailing to two early goals from the Division Two North runners up, Ashford pulled one back before the break before turning the tie around by midway through the second period.
Battersea started the stronger and had gone close before Anty Cole headed home a half cleared corner on 13 minutes. Ashford skipper Vicky James had been inches wide from 30 yards but Battersea doubled their lead with a sublime piece of skill from Gisella Cuasnicu , flicking the ball over a defender before driving a half volley past Lauren Restel on 16 minutes.
Ashford responded in champion style, player of the match Lavana Neufville, heading home a James corner on 24 minutes, the scorer then nearly notching a second with a volley from a left wing cross. Battersea continued to threaten however, with Cuasnicu, then Chiara Bellodi going very close to adding a third before the break.
Neufville, with a neat finish past advancing keeper Scotty Murray, gave Ashford the perfect start to the second half on 47 minutes. At the other end, Cuasnicu brought a fine save from Restel, turning away a low shot at full stretch on the hour. It was Beth Sheehan who found the winning goal on 72 minutes, breaking down the right before lofting a shot over Murray from the tightest of angles.
Battersea & Hammersmith were still finding plenty of chances, Rachel Brown bring denied by a superb tackle by Tyra Banks on 74 minutes. Neufville could have settled the match and completed her hat-trick but fired over the bar when through on goal in the final minutes, but Ashford saw out added time in some comfort for a hard earned victory.
Battersea & Hammersmith lost just once in the league and finished runners-up and now suffered a similar fate in the Trophy despite a very good effort, especially as they had not played since early April. Ashford eventually found the way to overcome worthy opposition to conclude a prolific season.
Ashford Town (Middx):
Lauren Restel, Jess Boyd, Nicole Jacobs, Laura Huse, Tyra Banks, Charmaine Benham, Samara Phillips, Vicky James, Holly Isaacs, Beth Sheehan, Lavana Neufville. Subs: Lauren Richardson, Amy O'Sullivan, Chloe Dalrymple.
Battersea & Hammersmith:
Scotty Murray, Holly Newton, Chelsea Osinchuk, Lumiere Chieh, Tara Dyerson, Ange McPhee, Kat Jaques, Rosanne Ellis, Gisella Cuasnicu, Anty Cole, Tayla MacPherson. Subs: Rachel Brown, Kathryn Riley, Chiara Bellodi, Francine Goncalves, Florrie Maxwell.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Chiara Bellodi holds off Laura Huse
(middle) Holly Newton battles with Holly Isaacs
(bottom) Ashford Town (Middx) pose with the trophy
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