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Chesham Utd 0 Milton Keynes Dons 2
Milton Keynes Dons secured a semi final spot in the FAWNL League Cup with a 2-0 away win over Chesham United at a windy Amy Lane.
Two second half strikes were enough to seal the deal for the Southern Premier Division club against hard working opposition from Division One South West.
With the two sides having met in a high scoring Berks & Bucks FA Senior Cup semi final just last week, this encounter was unsurprisingly a more tight and cagey affair in the opening stages.
Gemma Fraser tested visiting keeper Emma Kirby with a low shot from distance on six minutes whilst Lucia Delves, in the home goal, moved quickly to hold a Jess Driscoll free kick midway through the half.
Dons fashioned a couple more good openings around the half hour with good work by Jade Bell setting up Molly Lemon for a shot inches wide, then Bell herself having a shot well saved.
Playing with the gusty breeze and the slope in their favour, MK started the second half strongly and it was Bell, a danger throughout the match, who opened the scoring, getting free on the left edge of the area to drive a powerful low shot past Lucia Delves.
A second goal arrived on the hour from a right side corner, Driscoll getting in bravely to power home a header from twelve yards out.
The hosts reshuffled with skipper Dawne Campbell moving into attack and managed to exert greater pressure on the Dons defence. One lovely flowing move saw Fraser hit a first time effort which was inches wide of the upright on 78 minutes, but that was as near as Chesham came to reducing the deficit.
A final piece of clever play by Bell took her past two defenders late on before cutting back for Lemon to shoot inches wide from ten yards and MK saw out the match in some comfort to add a FAWNL League Cup semi final tie to the County Cup final spot earned last week.
On a day when numerous matches in the region were victims of the weather, the Amy Lane pitch was in fine shape and, as always, this excellent venue welcomed a good crowd to support the match.
Chesham United: Lucia Delves, Olivia Harris, Emma Bebbington, Dawne Campbell, Laura Sandy, Aaliyah Charles, Emma Davles, Becky Bloor, Eden Kibrom, Gemma Fraser, Jacqui Hanson. Subs: Kirsty Gladwin, Tasha Smith, Stacey Blackburn, Kat Bowers, Nicole Spittle.
Milton Keynes Dons: Emma Kirby, Louise Naylor, Vicky Barrett, Laura Bright, Zoe Boote, Vicky Neal, Rhianne Rush, Jade Bell, Jess Driscoll, Ellie Gough, Molly Lemon. Subs: Shauna Munnelly, Leah Littlechild, Mia Chiarizia, Dominika Netschova.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Rhianne Rush tussles with Eden Kibrom
(middle) Jacqui Hanson tries to win the ball from Jade Bell
(bottom) Ellie Gough gets in a shot past Olivia Harris
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