Sunday 6th May
FAWPL Southern Division
Charlton Athletic Women returned to the top of the FAWPL Southern Division with a comfortable midweek away win to Chichester City Ladies. Charley Clifford hitting a brace there were goals too for Nicole Pepper, Charlotte Gurr, Georgia Griffin and Kit Graham in a 6-0 result. The London in Cup Final action this Sunday up against 3rd placed Crystal Palace Ladies in the Capital Women’s Cup.
There rivals for the league title in Cup action this Sunday it was an opportunity for 2nd placed C&K Basildon Ladies to return to the top of the FAWPL Southern Division table as they travelled down to the South Coast to play 5th placed Portsmouth FC Ladies. both sides hitting the woodwork early on in the game it was Portsmouth who would open the scoring awarded a penalty in the 15th minute. Daisy McLachlan stepping up to take putting the ball home for 1-0. Late in the 1st half McLachlan was on target with her 2nd of the game to see Portsmouth leading 2-0 at the break.
C&K Basildon came out strong in the 2nd half Angela Addison pulling it back to 2-1 with 53 minutes played and 2 minutes later had the chance the level from the penalty spot the post struck the follow up put over the bar. Portsmouth going on to win the game 2-1 and put a large dent in C&K Basildon’s title hopes, the Essex side with one game left to play now away to Chichester City this coming Sunday. 2 points behind Charlton Athletic Women who have 3 left to play.
Lewes FC Women are looking strong for a 4th placed finish in the FAWPL Southern Division as they won their 13th league game of the season away to Gillingham FC Ladies on Sunday. Avilla Bergin giving the visitors the lead deep into 1st half stoppage time. Katie McIntyre doubling the advantage with 20 minutes left to play to see Lewes win the game 2-0.
Coventry United Ladies in 6th could still potentially catch Lewes if they drop points and they can win theirs have 5 games left to play a busy end to the season. A 15-0 win over Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies saw Coventry United Ladies retain the County Cup in midweek. Were at home on Sunday taking on Cardiff City Ladies. Goals from Helen Dermody, Marie Gauntlett, Stephanie Smith and Jessica Lundle seeing Coventry win the game 4-0.
Chichester City Ladies were hosting Queens Park Rangers Ladies on Sunday. The sides goalless at the half-time whistle Chichester City went on to claim all 3 points in the 2nd half. Laura Ingram putting them in front on the hour. Jess Lewry doubling the lead with 15 minutes left Alex Collighan ensuring the 3 points went to the hosts with a 3rd goal in the final moments of the game.
FAWPL South East Division One
Two successive defeats in the league had put the brakes on AFC Wimbledon Ladies title charge at the top of FAWPL South East Division One. A 3 week break without a league fixture they were on the road this Sunday taking on Luton Town Ladies. A good opening 45 minutes saw AFC Wimbledon leading the game 2-0. Katie Stanley and Caroline Bisson the goalscorers. Bisson scored again on the hour to see AFC Wimbledon into a 3-0 lead. Luton Town threatened a comeback however with 2 goals from Funmi Babalola and Nicola Henman to get it back to 3-2. AFC Wimbledon have won several goals by the odd goal this season and that continued this Sunday as they took the 3 points to return to winning ways. Lead the table by 6 points with one game away to Ipswich Town Ladies to come.
Milton Keynes Dons Ladies have a lot of work still left to do but have now climbed into 2nd place in the FAWPL South East Division One table closing the gap to 6 points on AFC Wimbledon and crucially have 3 games in hand. The games coming thick and fast now at the end of the season their squad will be tested. Were hosting Norwich City Ladies at Stadium MK on Sunday Heather McDonnell getting Milton Keynes off to a great start scoring in the opening minute. Laura Mills with a superb solo goal making it 2-0 past the half hour.
A 2-0 lead for Milton Keynes at half-time Norwich pulled a goal back soon after the restart Chelsea Garrett finding the back of the net. 5 minutes later Milton Keynes restored their 2 goal advantage McDonnell with her 2nd of the game. Charley Clarke making it 4-1 in the 65th minute. McDonnell completing her hat-trick with 20 minutes left. Kim Farrow getting on the scoresheet with 3 minutes left, the final score 6-2 as Norwich City score in the closing minutes through Natasha Snelling. Milton Keynes back in action tonight away to Actonians Ladies a potentially tricky game with Actonians in a good run of form themselves.
One more game from the FAWPL South East Division One at the weekend and it was honours even between hosts Stevenage Ladies and Denham United Ladies the sides drawing 1-1 captain Donna McGuigan scoring for Stevenage.
Capital Women’s Cup
Charlton Athletic Women were playing Crystal Place Ladies in the Capital Cup Final this Sunday. A close contest both sides creating opportunities in front of goal it was stalemate at half-time 0-0. 10 minutes into the 2nd half Crystal Palace took the lead Gemma Bryan scoring from a free-kick just outside the area. Charlton were quick to find a reply levelling it back up at 1-1 6 minutes later Kit Graham with the goal. Olivia Lukasewich the heroine as she scored the winning goal for Charlton in the final minute to see them win the final 2-1 and lift the trophy.
Congratulations to Charlton Athletic Women on winning this season’s Capital Women’s Cup.