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Forest’s winning debut
Forest Crusaders 3 AFC Leyton 0
The opening match of the 2022 Greater London Women's Football League Finals Day saw the top two teams in Division Two North East facing each other in the Sue Sharples Memorial Trophy Final.
Forest Crusaders, formed in 2019 and playing in their first Cup Final, took the honours with a 3-
After a cagey opening 20 minutes with few clear cut openings, Maxwell-
Forest Crusaders nearly doubled their lead from a free kick before the break but it was the dangerous front pairing of Shannon Simpson and Maxwell-
Leyton were far from finished and with player of the match Jada McGibbon making some fine runs through the left side, there was always the threat of a comeback but Forest defended really solidly throughout and behind them Cox handled well.
The addition of a finely taken third goal from distance by Kierra Gabriel on 86 minutes was a bonus for Forest and gave them a relaxed final few minutes before the celebrations could begin.
AFC Leyton can still take the Division Two North East league title from current table toppers Forest, having defeated them just a week ago, but the Sue Sharples Memorial Trophy was taken by Forest after a fine start to GLWFL Finals Day which also marked an amazing 50 years of organised league competition.
Forest Crusaders: Jessica Cox, Rochelle Cornish, Raquel Mezquita, Charmaine Homans, Sarah Cole, Katrina Smith, Loren Whyte, Shanie Riley, Georgia Maxwell-
AFC Leyton: Elle Sarter, Amelia Barrett, Emma Ben-