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Abingdon United's comeback win
 Women's Football FA Women's Cup News - 9 Oct 2021
FA Women's Cup News - Abingdon United's comeback win - 9 Oct 2021 - Women's Football NewsBrentford 2 Abingdon Utd 5
Abingdon United overcame a two-goal deficit to reach the Third Qualifying Round of the Vitality Women's FA Cup, running out 5-2 away winners over Brentford with a fine attacking display.
The Southern Region Premier Division visitors had been well contained by their London and South East Regional League Division One North hosts who protected their early advantage with great resolve until the last minute of the first half. United dominated the second half adding goals at regular intervals to seal their progress.
Brentford could not have wished for a better start than a third minute Rebekah Edwards close range opener and when Abingdon keeper Sophie Kirby was penalised for catching a back pass Axelle Courlander drove home the resulting free kick to double the lead in the 10th minute. United, despite these setbacks, had already shown plenty of attacking intent and continued to press forward.
Brentford keeper Emily Boycott made a fine blocking save on 20 minutes with Nell Boxall landing a follow up lob on the roof of the net. Abbie Smith sent a shot into the side netting from a tight angle on 36 minutes and Lauren May was also close to pulling a goal back for the visitors.
Smith and May combined superbly for Abingdon's 45th minute goal, a right wing Smith cross being well controlled and a lofted shot from 15 yards placed in the top right corner by May.
United drew level on 52 minutes through Lindsay Pinker's low shot and took the lead when Beth Hawtin turned in a loose ball at the far post after a Boycott save four minutes later.
The Bees continued to battle hard to keep the contest open but the Abingdon defence was solid and the introduction of Kiera Isaac had given the attack extra edge. It was Isaac who added the fourth on 77 minutes. running at pace through the home defence before finishing neatly.
Brentford's Sophie Troth went close to reducing the arrears with Kirby out quickly to save at her feet on 80 minutes but the U's had the last word when a fine Molly Lygo run and cross set up Boxall for another well taken finish on 85 minutes.
Brentford, promoted this season to Regional Division One level, battled well against well established and unbeaten Regional Premier opponents but the pace and variety of United's attacking potential was difficult to contain.
Brentford: Emily Boycott, Nadia Peters, Regan Graver, Amber Langston-Lloyd, Chloe Webb, Mollie Holmes, Laura Miller, Sophie Troth, Rebekah Edwards, Ellen Wardlaw, Axelle Courlander. Subs: Stacey Bishopp, Nicole Godlab, Luna Dalton, Jessica Stickley, Jodie Reid, Shannon Read, Kaitlyn Spencer-Dempsey.
Abingdon Utd: Sophie Kirby, Charlie Deeley, Beth Hawtin, Amy Chivers, Sahara Osborne-Ricketts, Maisie Hastings, Abbie Smith, Lindsay Pinker, Lauren May, Nell Boxall, Molly Lygo. Subs: Kiera Isaac, Beth Chapman, Hannah Cox.
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Nell Boxall gets in a challenge on Laura Miller;
(middle) Molly Lygo fires a free kick past the Brentford wall;
(bottom) Sahara Osborne-Ricketts and Kaitlyn Spencer-Dempsey in an all out chase for the ball;


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