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Southampton Women 3 AFC Bournemouth CST 1
Southampton Women's FC set up a Women's FA Cup First Round tie against Portishead Town after a 3-1 home win over Southern Region League Premier Division leaders AFC Bournemouth CST.
In a game of two contrasting halves, Southampton dominated the first whilst a resurgent Bournemouth gave their higher division hosts plenty to think about after the break but were only able to reduce the arrears late on despite plenty of pressure.
The FAWNL Division One South West hosts started with good energy, moving the ball fluently and pressing the Cherries back. Jane Yeates had the first effort on target, a header drawing a good save from visiting keeper Steph Small. Laura Vokes threatened with her set piece delivery and these two combined for a superb opening goal midway through the half. Vokes hit a deep cross from the left and Yeates displayed outstanding technique to guide an acrobatic volley back across goal for the opener.
Erin Bloomfield was a constant threat for Southampton, several driving runs with the ball causing havoc in the Bournemouth defence. It was Bloomfield's powerful low cross from the right which brought Southampton's second, the ball deflected in by a retreating defender on 34 minutes.
Vokes set up the third goal on 40 minutes with another fine cross. Bloomfield had an initial effort well saved by Small but Aine McKeever was on hand to turn home the loose ball to cap a dominant first half from the home team, with Bournemouth unable to release the shackles and threaten Rose Kite in the Southampton goal.
However, right from the restart, the visitors were far more assertive, snapping into tackles, moving the ball forward quickly to stretch the home defence and showing good intent. Substitute Erin Thickett gave Bournemouth added strength up front and Emma Davis made some powerful runs down the left to threaten the home defence.
The home attack threatened occasionally but were well controlled by determined defending.
Goalkeeper Small had only one difficult save late on, denying sub EJ May with a good block on 83 minutes.
Bournemouth got the goal which their second half display deserved and it was a beauty. A delightful touch on halfway by sub Helen Corbin released Thickett with a clear run on goal and led to a composed lofted finish beyond Kite from the edge of the area on 88 minutes.
The visitors pressed hard for a second, forcing Kite to twice punch clear from corners but after a final chance for for Davis, volleying over from close range, the final whistle saw Southampton progress to the next round, a win built on fine attacking play in the opening period and solid defending to keep the Cherries at bay in the second.
Southampton Women: Rose Kite, Lauren Cheshire, Tia Hooper, Hannah Samuels, Gracie White, Kellie Warren, Aine McKeever, Laura Vokes, Jane Yeates, Phillippa Holden, Erin Bloomfield. Subs: Kayleigh Tonks, EJ May, Emily Wernham.
AFC Bournemouth CST: Steph Small, Abby Jones, Emma Davis, Katie Kingshott, Katelyn Wort, Maisy Smith, Ruth Topping, Hannah Bennett, Rebecca Miles, Rosie Eden, Meg Vella. Subs: Katie Scadding, Erin Thickett, Aimee Burridge, Larissa White, Ria Hall, Helen Corbin.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Jane Yeates holds off Abby Jones
(middle) Tia Hooper battles with Maisy Smith
(bottom) Hannah Samuels shields the ball from Rebecca Miles
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