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Woodley United 1 Maidenhead United 3
Maidenhead United progressed to the quarter finals of the Berks & Bucks FA Cup after a 3-1 away win over Woodley United.
Goals at either end of the first half had the FAWNL Division One South West visitors in control and they survived a spirited Woodley comeback to notch a third late on. The Southern Region Premier Division hosts matched their higher division opponents throughout in a competitive encounter but Maidenhead scored at crucial times to seal their place in the last eight of the competition.
Maidenhead took the lead in the second minute when Simone O'Brien got clear of the defence to finish with a low shot. They nearly added a second when O'Brien crossed for Steph Nelson to hit the bar with a header but Woodley grew into the game and started to threaten Ellie Parker's goal. Freya Jenkins was very lively on the left and twice tested Parker with well hit low crosses after strong runs.
Woodley skipper Ellen Surtees was also a real threat to the visitors with excellent set piece delivery and control of midfield. Parker had to be alert on several occasions and was helped by the woodwork when a Jenkins cross was too hot to hold.
In a rare Maidenhead break right on the interval, the visitors won a penalty which was well converted by skipper Alex Dover to double the advantage.
The second half again saw Woodley threaten with Amie Benton just unable to convert another Jenkins delivery on 49 minutes and an inswinging corner cleared off the line three minutes later. It was Surtees who set up Woodley's 59th minute goal, her left side corner being headed home firmly on the far post by sub Rosie Page-Smith.
Woodley keeper Carly Chilton made an important save to deny Shylla Carty-Duhaney at close range on 66 minutes and Woodley then pressed hard for an equaliser. Surtees fired a 30 yard free kick just over on 70 minutes.
Maidenhead got their crucial third on 73 minutes with a remarkable Sarah Thompson goal. From right on the touchline, the former Woodley player hit a powerful effort on the turn which cannoned home off the far post.
Both sides went close to adding to their score in an end to end finale. Page-Smith had another header well held by Parker from a Surtees cross while O'Brien fired wide when through on the Woodley goal.
In the end, Maidenhead had done enough to join Newbury and the six teams lucky enough to receive a bye in this County Cup first round but Woodley United had played with spirit and skill to give them a tough test.
Woodley Utd: Carly Chilton, Holly Wilkins, Rebecca Gooch, Clara Stringer, Ellen Surtees, Jodie Penny, Shelby Preston-Morris, Jade Scott, Ruth Pearson, Freya Jenkins, Amie Benton. Subs: Eva Thomas, Jess Thripp, Rosie Page-Smith, Mollie Haines.
Maidenhead Utd: Ellie Parker, Sarah Thompson, Megan Halfacre, Alex Dover, Gemma Bloor, Sophie Modak, Shylla Carty-Duhaney, Annika Striepecke, Steph Nelson, Kate La Cumbre, Simone O'Brien. Subs: Sinead Thompson, Sarah Reid, Chrissy Nazif.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Shylla Carty-Duhaney takes on Holly Wilkins
(middle) A chase for the ball between Mollie Haines and Megan Halfacre
(bottom) Rebecca Gooch slides in to challenge Alex Dover
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