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Ashford Town (Middx) 8 Godalming Town 4
The John Greenacre Memorial Trophy Final produced a dozen goals to cap another successful GLWFL Finals day at Bedfont Sports FC.
Ashford Town ( Middlesex) produced a superb display of attacking prowess to defeat Division One rivals Godalming Town by eight goals to four in the late afternoon sun.
The action was non stop from the first whistle, Ashford keeper Lauren Restel tipping over from Rebecca Munro and Lavana Neufville firing an early Ashford chance wide. Player of the match Ashley Cheatley scored the Ashford opener with a neat finish on 16 minutes and set up the second when Godalming keeper Kim Ketchell saved her powerful shot, only for Beth Sheehan to knock in the rebound.
Neufville immediately added a third and Godalming were in deep trouble. Impressively, they soon found their attacking momentum and created a series of chances, Restel saving from Munro and Megan Vincer before the former reduced the deficit with a neat near post finish on 35 minute.
Any hopes of a Godalming comeback were hit within a minute of the restart as Sheehan scored her second. Munro hit a post for Godalming before Ellen Thomas reduced the deficit with a lob from distance. However, Neufville scored a similar goal within a minute to restore a three-goal Ashford lead on the hour.
Chances came and went before Godalming gave themselves a slight hope on 75 minutes through Tamara Sidwell, who pulled ot back to 5-3, but again they conceded within a minute, Cheatley adding her second.
A neat finish gave Cheatley her hat-trick and made the score 7-3. Back came the Surrey team with arguably the goal of the game as Becky Bloor tricked her way past two challenges before beating Restel from close range.
Ashford had the final word of a crazy second half when Holly Isaacs netted after Ketchell was again unlucky after making a fine save from Cheatley and the final whistle ended an extraordinary match. Godalming had played a full part but Ashford were simply too hot to handle.
As always, GLWFL Finals day was immaculately organised and there was strong support for all six teams participating in an enjoyable showcase for the league.
Ashford Town (Middx):
Lauren Restel, Charlotte Baker, Laura Huse, Nicole Jacobs, Maddie Bone, Holly Isaacs, Beth Sheehan, Hannah Pearson, Charmaine Benham, Ashley Cheatley, Lavana Neufville. Subs: Rebecca Fisher, Claire Samuels, Sophie Burgess.
Kim Ketchell, Hester Benham, Jessica Winchester, Mairead Cheeseman, Ellen Thomas, Megan Vincer, Rebecca Bloor, Rebecca Munro, Tamara Sidwell, Laura Funnell, Lauren Carnell. Subs: Stephanie Le, Megan Oliver, April Hill, Marianne O'Byrne, Lisa Nichols.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
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