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Abingdon Utd 1 Moneyfields 2
Moneyfields claimed the Southern Region League Subsidiary Cup, beating Abingdon United 2-1 in an exciting conclusion to a competition which allowed the successful return of competitive football after the curtailment of the league season.
Having been outplayed by a sparkling United in the first half, Moneys dug deep to find an effective response and then grab a late winner through sub Paige Seeley.
Right from the first whistle, Abingdon were sharp and inventive with their forward trio of Kiera Isaac, Molly Lygo and Tiana Russell-Cartwright causing the Moneyfields defence, which had not conceded a goal in the entire competition, continual problems. All three players had gone close before Russell-Cartwright opened the scoring on 16 minutes. Lauren May set up the chance for the attacker to turn sharply and fire high past Lauren Sayler from 15 yards.
Further half chances fell United's way with Sayler saving well from Isaac, then May having a long range shot deflected inches wide on 29 minutes. Unable to impose any real control or forward momentum, Moneyfields battled hard to stay in the game, defending several corners very effectively and reaching the break with a minimal deficit.
A reshuffled Moneyfields line up with Sheree Bell-Jack introduced in attack, Meghan McKeag in defence and Roxy Lee-Stewart going into the back four created a more even aspect to the match. Even so, Isaac nearly added a second before Moneys' first really dangerous effort on the hour, Ciara Boylan having a shot deflected just wide of Hannah Cox's goal.
It was Boylan who netted the equaliser on 66 minutes. Bell-Jack hit a low cross which reached Kim Whitcombe beyond the far post. A run to the byline and cut back found Boylan free to fire home from six yards.
Lygo nearly restored United's lead soon after with a shot that flew inches over and Isaac tested Sayler with a low shot but it was Moneys who found the winner on 85 minutes, a neat build up setting Seeley free on the right of goal to shoot past Cox. Moneys then used all their experience and determination to close out the game very effectively for a hard earned and satisfying victory.
Abingdon United contributed fully to a most enjoyable occasion in difficult blustery conditions. Russell-Cartwright was awarded player of the match for her goal and tireless link up play on the right but it was Moneys who took home the Subsidiary Cup.
Abingdon Utd: Hannah Cox, Beth Hope, Beth Hawtin, Nell Boxall, Megan Crawford, Amy Chivers, Tiana Russell-Cartwright, Abbie Smith, Kiera Isaac, Lauren May, Molly Lygo. Subs: Kelly Talbot, Ella Harries, Ellie Bradbury, Sophie Kirby.
Moneyfields: Lauren Sayler, Sophie Kingsley-Cabell, Sokhora Goodhall, Emma Eldridge, Melissa Lawrence, Ciara Boylan, Kira Vallely, Roxy Lee-Stewart, Kim Whitcombe, Kayleigh Tonks, Carla Nicholson. Subs: Frankie Webster, Ellie Bloomfield, Paige Seeley, Sheree Bell-Jack, Meghan McKeag.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Carla Nicholson heads clear from Kiera Isaac;
(middle) Kayleigh Tonks is tackled by Amy Chivers;
(bottom) Moneyfields with the trophy;
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