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The Round-Up – FAWNL 24/11/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 24th November

FAWNL Southern Premier Division

 One game played in the FAWNL Southern Premier Division this weekend, saw Portsmouth FC Women making the trip up into Wales to play Cardiff City Ladies. Jasmine Turner putting the hosts into the lead on the half hour, Portsmouth goalkeeper Hannah Haughton with the initial save, Turner in on the follow up to make it 1-0. Portsmouth with a good response getting straight back on level terms, their attacking players pressing the Cardiff defence, Charmaine True winning the ball back 25 yards out Tasmin De Bunsen taking over bringing it forwards to strike a low shot in from the top of the area the ball racing past the inside of the post evading the diving keeper. The sides all square at the break, chances for both to win the match 2nd half Portsmouth seeing a goal ruled out before finding the winner with 15 minutes left possession out on the right the ball played back across defender Eilidh Currie coming forward into acres of space teeing up a shot from 25 yards out her strike looping up over the keeper into the top corner. Portsmouth winning 2-1 their good away form continuing 3 wins out of 4 in the league on their travels.

FAWNL Cup

Two ties played this Sunday in the 2nd Round of the FAWNL featuring sides in the leagues covered by Women’s Football East, both going the distance and beyond. Southern Premier Division side Yeovil Town Women hosting Southampton FC Women from South West Division One at Dorchester Town FC. Yeovil making a good start, Charlotte Buxton’s shot smashing down off the crossbar in the 8th minute, top scorer Sarah Wiltshire on hand to put the ball over the line for her 14th goal of the season. Southampton leading the South West Division One table unbeaten in all competitions so far this season coming close to levelling the scores hitting the post, Yeovil with further chances to extend their lead with the 1 goal advantage at the break. The visitors with a good start to the 2nd period Ella Pursey heading in her 10th goal of the season to make it 1-1. Few chances created 2nd half Southampton seeing the ball come back off the woodwork once again the game heading into extra-time. The visitors finding the winning goal to advance into the quarter finals a deflected ball sent into the path of attacker Sophie Pharoah who slots the ball home. 

Milton Keynes Dons Ladies with a good result in the previous round of the FAWNL Cup away from home beating fellow Southern Premier Division side Cardiff City Ladies on penalties to advance. Penalties needed once again in the 2nd Round as the club travelled to Essex to take on South East Division One side AFC Basildon Women in the 2nd Round. One goal in it at half-time Jessica Driscoll putting Milton Keynes 1-0 up. Basildon making a good start to the 2nd half back on level term within 5 minutes of the restart Holly Turner firing home. The hosts quickly going on to lead Grace Gillard scoring from a free-kick to make it 2-1. Milton Keynes turn to come back to level the scores midway through the 2nd half Driscoll with her 2nd of the match. Rhianne Rush firing the visiting side into the lead 3-2 to Milton Keynes with 15 minutes left her first goal of the season. Basildon with an injury time equaliser to send the tie into extra-time Kelly Wealthall credited with the goal. The extra period of play yielding no further goals the game to be settled from the penalty spot, Milton Keynes goalkeeper Emma Kirby with 2 saves as Basildon failed to convert their 1st 3 kicks, Milton Keynes composed to put theirs away to win it 3-0 to book their place in the quarter finals of the competition.

FAWNL Plate

Two games also played this Sunday in the 2nd Round of the FAWNL Plate featured sides from the Southern Premier & South East Division One. AFC Wimbledon Ladies unbeaten so far this season in South East Division One making the long trip to the South West to play high flying Plymouth Argyle Ladies 3rd in the Southern Premier Division. The hosts taking the lead inside the opening 15 minutes Helen Bleazard’s free-kick parried down by Wimbledon’s keeper, top scorer Natasha Knapman fastest to react sending the ball over the lien for her 18th goal of the season. Knapman on target for Plymouth’s 2nd goal in the 18th minute striking home from 30 yards. Soon after Plymouth went 3-0 in front awarded a penalty, Zoe Cunningham taking as regular taker and captain Katie Middleton was deputising in goal. No mistake from Cunningham putting away her 5th goal of the season. Plymouth 3-0 comfortable at half-time. Wimbledon came out fighting 2nd half looking to find a route back into the game, awarded a penalty in the 65th minute Georgia Heasman got it back to 3-1, that though as close as Wimbledon would get Plymouth securing their spot in the quarter finals.

Plymouth Argyle Ladies, Natasha Knapman (photo credit Tim Badger Photos)

Also advancing into the FAWNL Plate quarter finals are Watford Ladies although the Southern Premier Division leaders left it late to secure victory against fellow league side Oxford United Women. Watford hosting finding themselves trailing 1-0 at the break with Oxford getting their noses in front late in the first half with Catherine Beaver scoring the goal. That the score heading into the final 5 minutes of the match Adekite Fatuga-Dada with the run playing in Andrea Carid to put in the cross, Emily Hill meeting it on the volley to level the scores. A minute later Watford were in front Helen Ward played in by Fatuga-Dada to turn and strike home her 9th goal of the season to see Watford take the game 2-1.

FAWNL South East Division One

Two league games played in FAWNL South East Division One this weekend and at last Kent Football United are celebrating a win and their 1st league points at the 10th time of asking. A tough start to life playing at this level for the 1st time close on a couple of ocassions before now. Were at home playing fellow promoted side Cambridge City Ladies. Beatrice Fitzsimons hitting the crossbar from a volley. Kent Football United taking the lead scoring from a free-kick. Cambridge City responding well however Kent were to go on and double their lead before half-time. The woodwork rattled again by Cambridge, Sofia Castiglione with the strike. Pushing for a goal, denied by the woodwork for a third time Kent coming forwards winning another free-kick outside the area scoring to make it 3-0. Once more the woodwork coming to Kent’s defence as they battle hard to keep their lead, Fitzsimons with a cracking strike pulling a goal back for Cambridge with 5 minutes left but it wasn’t to be their day that belonged to Kent Football United a win at last. Chloe Francis with a brace her first goals of the season and one for Amy Russ gaining them their 1st 3 points.

  Elsewhere in South East Division One the points were shared with Actonians Ladies travelling up to Norfolk to play Norwich City Women. The visitors opening the scoring in the 1st half, Chelsea Garrett with her 11th goal of the season getting Norwich back on level terms. Actonians coming back to retake the lead before half-time went on to open up a 3-1 lead in the 2nd period, top scorer Alessandra Barreca with a brace to take her onto 11 for the season, with Justine Buckmire celebrating her first Actonians goal. Eliza McDonald with her first goal of the season bringing it back to 3-2 for Norwich, McDonald was on target with a 2nd of the game to see Norwich secure a point with it finishing 3-3.

Match action from Norwich v Actonians on Sunday (photo credit Brian Coombes)

The Round-Up – FAWNL 03/11/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 3rd November

FAWNL Southern Premier Division

 Two matches played in the FAWNL Southern Premier Division this Sunday featuring the bottom 3 sides. Chichester City Ladies young side at home to high flying Watford Ladies the visitors looking to return to the top of the table. Chichester with just the one point on board so far a difficult start to the season. Katie O’Leary getting Watford off to the perfect start opening the scoring with barely 3 minutes played. Chichester straight back on level terms Megan Fox scoring a screamer to make it 1-1. Isobelle Foster making a couple of important saves to keep Watford from retaking the lead the hosts scoring with half and hour played Gemma Simmonds chipping the keeper to make it 2-1. Captain Helen Ward bringing Watford back level for the 2nd time in the game 5 minutes before half-time pouncing on a poor back pass to slot the ball past the keeper for her 7th goal of the season. Watford pressing for a 3rd goal in the 2nd period chances coming eventually finding it as the game moved into the final 20 minutes O’Leary with her 5th strike of the season putting the ball into the top corner to see the game won and put Watford back on top of the table.

  The other game from the FAWNL Southern Premier Division this weekend saw Hounslow Town bottom with just a point on the board at home to Keynsham Town Ladies who after starting the season with 6 straight defeats following promotion got their first league win of the season at home to fellow strugglers Chichester last time out. Now away to Hounslow the first half saw few clear chances Hounslow getting their noses in front in the 15th minute Sue Kumaning with great footwork top of the area turning and looping a shot up beyond the keeper. Keynsham improving 2nd half an early opportunity to level the visitors equalised just past the hour Barbara Maros De Carvalho arriving unmarked in six yard box to meet a left wing cross to score her 1st of the season. 1-1 Keynsham pressed for a winner Caoimhe O’Reilly with a double save ensuring Hounslow didn’t concede again and see both sides take a point enough to lift Hounslow above Chichester at the bottom.

FAWNL South East Division One

 Ipswich Town Women move 3 points clear at the top of FAWNL South East Division One although they left it late scoring an injury time goal to beat Enfield Town Ladies away from home on Sunday. One of two matches played in the league this weekend, Ipswich travelling down to 5th placed Enfield Town Ladies looking to make it 7 straight wins on the league following an opening day draw. Ipswich striking the post in the 18th minute captain Amanda Crump striking from outside the box. Enfield taking the lead in the 36th minute awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position outside the Ipswich box the low struck shot taking a deflection off the wall taking it into the path of Tia Bailey moving in on the follow up reacted quickly to fire the ball home. Late chances in the half for Ipswich to level a goal disallowed Enfield with the slender lead. Ipswich getting the equaliser on the hour Natasha Thomas heading the ball across goal Maddie Biggs in position to poke the ball home 1-1. Ipswich knocking on the door late in the game chances coming Thomas getting the winning goal in the 94th minute a mix up at the back allowing her to steal in an tap the ball in score her 7th goal of the season and win the 3 points for Ipswich.

Natasha Thomas celebrating with her Ipswich teammates (photo credit Ross Media UK)

 Actonians Ladies heading over to Kent this weekend to face bottom side Kent Football United, the newly promoted side without a point yet this season. Actonians beating Kent Football United 3-1 in the Women’s FA Cup earlier in the season. Kent Football United opening the scoring this Sunday Shannon Burden putting them 1-0 in the first half. Actonians coming back to level the scores on the stroke of half-time Alessandra Barreca with her 7th goal of the campaign. The visitors with 2 goals in the 2nd half to secure victory Barreca credited with one more in the 80th minute. Actonians with their 3rd league win of the season climbing a couple of places in the South East Division One table up to 7th.

FAWNL Plate

  Two 1st Round games to complete this Sunday from the FAWNL Plate, a tough test for Norwich City Women’s young squad as the South East Division One side travelled to play Southern Premier Division side Oxford United Women. The hosts getting off to a flyer taking the lead on the 7th minute Sophie Barker lining up a shot from distance squeezing underneath the goalkeeper and in. 5 minutes later Oxford were 2-0 up striker Cheryl Williams finishing at the back post. Norwich getting it back to 2-1 on 20 minutes, captain Millie Daviss firing home with a 30 yard strike. Oxford creating opportunities awarded a penalty on the half hour Carly Jones tripped inside the box, Williams stepping up to make it 3-1. Jones getting on the scoresheet herself late in the first half to see Oxford leading 4-1 at the break.

 Oxford continuing where they left off at the start of the 2nd half coming close with a couple of chances before Williams scooped the ball over the keeper to complete her hat-trick. Brogan Moore putting Oxford 6-1 up with the game entering the final 20 minutes. Georgia Timms only entering the game moments before getting a goal with her first touch of the ball making it 7-1 to Oxford. Immy Lancaster with her first Oxford goal wrapping up a comfortable 8-1 win in the final minute.

 AFC Wimbledon Ladies unbeaten in FAWNL South East Division One were on the road in the 1st Round of the FAWNL Plate taking on South West Division One side, Brislington Ladies. Few chances in the 1st half Wimbledon edging it with a goal in the 40th minute to lead at half-time, Georgia Heasman with the tap in following a good through ball from Sian Wylie. Wimbledon with a couple of opportunities to extend their lead at the start of the 2nd period, before Brislington came back to level in the 57th minute with Shannon Burden making it 1-1. Wimbledon introducing Katie Stanley and Sophie Manzi go the game on the hour. Stanley scoring what would prove to be the winning goal in the 78th minute a mazy run forwards passing to Heasman getting back the return ball and shooting to see Wimbledon lead 2-1.

 The draw for the 2nd Round of the FAWNL Plate listed below ties scheduled to be played Sunday 24th November:- 

Bolton Wanderers Ladies v Newcastle United Women

Nottingham Forest Women v Leeds United Ladies

West Bromich Albion Women v Leicester United WFC or Leafield Athletic Ladies

Stockport County Ladies v Middlesborough Women

Plymouth Argyle Ladies v AFC Wimbledon Ladies

Maidenhead United Women v Stevenage FC Women

Watford Ladies v Oxford United Women

Cheltenham Town Ladies v Chichester City Ladies

FAWNL Cup

The draw made to for the 2nd Round of the FAWNL Cup 8 ties scheduled for Sunday 24th November outstanding 1st Round games will see some ties played later:- 

Brighouse Town Ladies v Darby County Ladies

Huddersfield Town Ladies v Long Eaton United or Liverpool Feds Women

Chorley Women or Durham Cestria v AFC Sunderland Ladies

Stoke City Ladies v Wolverhampton Wanderers Women

Yeovil Town Women v Southampton FC Women

Crawley Wasps Ladies v Portsmouth FC Women

AFC Basildon Women v Milton Keynes Dons Women

Chesham United Ladies or Exeter City Ladies v Billericay Town Ladies

The Round-Up – FAWNL 27/10/19

The Round-Up 

Sunday 27th October

FAWNL Southern Premier Division

Crawley Wasps Ladies return to the top of the FAWNL Southern Premier Division scoring 2 goals late on their match on Sunday away to Milton Keynes Dons Women to win the 3 points. Late goals the theme of the week for Crawley both fore and against. A point collected in midweek as they took on Gillingham Ladies at home on Wednesday evening. Natasha Stephens seeing Crawley take the lead 10 minutes into the 2nd half lat drama saw 2 more goals come in the final moments of the game. Ellie Jeffkins getting Gillingham back on level terms in the 88th minute. Back came Crawley to retake the lead a minute later with captain Naomi Cole on target. Grace Harrison lobbing the keeper in stoppage time to see Gillingham take a point home with them.

  This Sunday Crawley Wasps headed to the Stadium MK. Milton Keynes having made a promising start to the season, falling down the table in a rut of poor results just one point won from their last 6 league matches. Have yet to win at home this season either. A first half that saw few chances the sides goalless at the break. Both coming on 2nd half coming close with shots Crawley hitting the crossbar from a corner with 87 minutes on the clock the visitors breaking the deadlock in the 89th minute. A superb strike from Hope Nash her first goal of the season firing Crawley into the lead. A free-kick won outside the box in stoppage time dispatched clinically by Rachel Palmer to secure the win for Crawley and see them back leading the table having set the early pace.

Cardiff City Ladies climb a place up to 4th in the Southern Premier Division table, getting back to winning ways  at home to Hounslow Women. Cardiff with a strong first half winning the game 6-1 to close the gap on the leaders. Grace Horrell scoring a brace, so too Nadia Lawrence scoring her first goals of the season. A first goal of the season too for Morgan Rogers. Kelly Issac also getting on the scoresheet with a goal for Cardiff. Hounslow improving 2nd half getting a goal through Sue Kumaning her first for the club. Other results going against them Hounslow slip to the foot of the table.

  That result being the clash between fellow strugglers Keynsham Town Ladies at home to Chichester City Ladies on Sunday. Keynsham bottom of the table without a point on the board after 6 played a tough start to the season following promotion as South West Division One champions last season. Chichester now faring much better having lost several players have just one point so far from 7 played. Sharna Capel Watson scoring her first goal for Chichester seeing them drawing with Keynsham 1-1 at the break. Ellie Curson getting on the scoresheet for Keynsham midway through the first half. The winning goal coming in the 70th minute, Curson striking with her 2nd of the match to see Keynsham win for the first time this season 2-1 the 3 points taking the off the bottom above both Hounslow and Chichester.

One more game played in the Southern Premier Division this Sunday although full time has it listed as postponed Oxford United Women were at home taking on Gillingham Ladies. Both with good results in midweek, 27 goals in 3 games now for Oxford including 5 without reply away to Milton Keynes on Wednesday. Gillingham with two late goals away to Crawley taking home a point. This Sunday Oxford dominating the chances in the first half were held to a 0-0 scoreline by Gillingham. The visitors taking the lead themselves 4 minutes into the 2nd half scoring from a 30 yard free-kick which looped over the keeper. Oxford pressing looking for a reply fell further behind just past the hour, Gillingham’s forward brought down inside the box, going 2-0 up from the resulting spot kick. Oxford creating more opportunities couldn’t find a goal, the woodwork struck won a penalty themselves at the death reducing the arrears Gillingham held on to win 2-1 to make it 4 points from the past 7 days.

FAWNL South East Division One

One league game played this Sunday in FAWNL South East Division One, an opportunity for Stevenage FC Women to pull away from the bottom sides as they played host to bottom side Kent Football United. Stevenage looking to build on last weekends great 3-2 cup win away to league leaders Ipswich Town Women. The hosts scoring 3 goals in the first half as Kent wasted opportunities in front of goal. 3-1 the half-time score with captain Amy Makewell on target and first goals for Lucy Webster and Chloe Gunn returning after a long injury lay off. Erin Pope scoring from a free-kick against Ipswich to win the match last time out, her first goal of the season scored for the 2nd successive game another set-piece strike to make it 2-1. Amy Makewell on the scoresheet again for her 10th goal of the season to see Stevenage in full control leading 5-1 with all the goals coming from outside the box. Kent Football United pulling a goal back to make it 5-2 are still bottom and without a point on the board after 6 played. Stevenage with their 3rd league win of the season up to 7th in the table.

 

10 goals for the season for Stevenage FC Women captain, Amy Makewell (photo credit Gary Reed)

FAWNL Plate

One cup tie played this Sunday from the 1st Round of the FAWNL Plate, and all Division One clash with South East side, Cambridge United WFC hosting South West counterparts, Maidenhead United Women. The visitors with an early goal to open the scoring Simone O’Brien scoring from a free-kick in the 6th minute. That the score heading into half-time. Maidenhead battling hard defensively to prevent Cambridge finding a reply keeping a clean sheet to win the game and advance to the next round of the competition.

The Round-Up – FAWNL 20/10/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 20th October

FAWNL Southern Premier Division

There is a new side leading the way in the FAWNL Southern Premier Division as Watford Ladies take over the top position winning a 3rd successive league game unbeaten in 6 to move a point clear of previous leaders Crawley Wasps Ladies who were playing in the FAWNL Cup this weekend. Watford making the trip to Kent this Sunday to play Gillingham FC Ladies. The hosts striking the crossbar early on in the match, Watford too hitting the bar late in the first half from an Emma Beckett free-kick. The sides goalless at the break the deadlock broken on the hour, Watford captain Helen Ward heading home her 6th goal of the season. The visitors quickly doubling their advantage Andrea Carid heading in the cross to score her 5th of the season. Gillingham creating chances Watford hitting the woodwork again the game into the final 15 minutes. Carid striking again to extend Watford’s lead. Emily Hill adding a 4th goal inside the final 5 minutes rising highest from a corner to score.

Crawley Wasps not only lose the lead in the FAWNL Southern Premier Division but are pushed down to 3rd as Plymouth Argyle Ladies continue their impressive start to the season winning six in a row now their only defeat in the league coming on opening day of the season. Weren’t at their best this weekend but showed character to come back from trailing 1-0 at the break away to Cardiff City Ladies to score a last gasp winner. Had goalkeeper Becky Kyle to thank for keeping the score low in the 1st half pulling of two superb saves. Cardiff eventually scoring close to the end of the 1st period, Cori Williams rising from a corner to head in. Cardiff 1-0 up at the break, Plymouth working hard to find a reply in the 2nd half finally got the breakthrough with 15 minutes left on the clock a handball inside the box seeing the visitors awarded a penalty, captain Katie Middleton stepping up to score. 1-1 leading into the final minute Plymouth with a corner kick the ball played into the box, striker Natasha Knapman getting her head on the ball to score her 14th goal of the season and see the match won 2-1. Plymouth holding 2nd spot but going above Crawley Wasps on goal difference off the back of the result.

FAWNL Cup

Three ties from the 1st Round of the FAWNL Cup played this weekend two postponed from last weekend. One of those Crawley Wasps Ladies match at home to South East Division One side Actonians Ladies. Not much between the sides the score 0-0 at half-time. The Southern Premier Division side breaking the deadlock early in the 2nd half, the ball falling to Rachel Palmer takes on the shot and scores. Crawley Wasps coming close to adding a 2nd goal but in the end the single goal enough to see them through to the next round of the competition.

Also postponed last Sunday Portsmouth FC Women’s trip to the capital to play South East Division One side Leyton Orient WFC in the 1st Round of the League Cup. The hosts taking the lead inside the opening 15 minutes Otesha Charles rounding the keeper to score her 9th goal of the season to put Leyton Orient 1-0 up. The Southern Premier Division side coming back to level the scores just 4 minutes later, Eilidh Currie through to slot the ball into the bottom corner to make it 1-1. Chances for both sides Portsmouth taking the lead past the half hour Charmaine True firing in a shot from a tight angle. True getting a quickfire double onto a spilled cross put in by Currie to put Portsmouth 3-1 up at half-time. Portsmouth extending their lead 7 minutes into the 2nd half, Rebecca bath’s shot deflected up over the keeper to make it 4-1. Jade Widdows introduced to the game in the hour twisting and turning inside the box before firing home to make it 5-1 to the visitors in the 66th minute. Jade Bradley with a shot from 12 yards out seeing Portsmouth win the match 6-1 with 10 minutes left.

  Billericay Town Ladies joint leaders in FAWNL South East Division One the home side taking on fellow league side Cambridge City Ladies in the FAWNL Cup 1st Round on Sunday. the game played at Bowers & Pitsea’s Len Salmon Stadium. Billericay leading the match one nil at half-time with a goal from captain Lindsey Morgan. The ball played into her path as she breaks from midfield into the box left of goal to shot past the advancing keeper. Billericay going 2-0 up thanks to a fantastic strike from Jay Blackie, the Billericay midfielder latching onto a stray Cambridge City pass to take the ball on towards their box coming central hitting a superb shot in from over 25 yards out. Paris Smith making her first appearance of the season for Billericay, always a goal threat didn’t take her long to score her first goal of the season the ball put forwards high bouncing Smith getting her head on it top of the area to beat the keeper and make it 3-0. Billericay scoring two wonder goals in the match Hannah Smith striking the ball from all of 30 yards out to find the back of the net a secure a 4-0 win.

FAWNL Plate

One tie played in the 1st Round of the FAWNL Plate competition in the East this Sunday and all South East Division One affair with joint leaders Ipswich Town Women at home to Stevenage FC Women on Sunday. The visitors taking the lead in the 20th minute Louise Godden sending her shot over the keeper to make it 1-0. Ipswich coming back to equalise in the 35th minute. Zoe Cossey with the ball at her feet skipping through the defence to slot the ball under the keeper. The hosts quickly scoring again to take the lead, Natasha Thomas getting her head on the ball from a corner to score. Ipswich leading 2-1 at half-time. Stevenage pressing for a goal in the 2nd half to get back on level terms doing so in the 66th minute Tamsyn Sibanda making her first appearance of the season smashing the ball home from a corner. Captain Amy Makewell seeing the ball come back off the woodwork with 15 minutes left the visitors going on to score a last gasp winner. Erin Pope with her first goal of the season, brought down by the keeper just outside the box to take the set-piece sending it into the bottom corner to win the game an send Stevenage into the next round. 

FAWNL South East Division One

Three matches played in FAWNL South East Division One this Sunday. With the top three all in Cup action this weekend it was a chance for the chasing sides make up ground. AFC Wimbledon remain unbeaten in the league move up to 3rd position above Leyton Orient WFC who they beat 1-0 at home in midweek. At home again this Sunday were taking on Norwich City Women. Liz O’Callaghan putting Wimbledon into the lead on the half hour. Norwich coming back to level the scores with 5 minutes left to play in the first half, Kathryn Stanley shooting from the left to score. Wimbledon coming back to retake the lead 3 minutes later O’Callaghan with her 2nd of the game lobbing the keeper. Wimbledon 2-1 up at half-time. Hannah Billingham putting Wimbledon 3-1 ahead on the hour heading home a Katie Stanley cross, that the final score Wimbledon going 3rd a point behind the leading pair.

Kelley Blanchflower on target for her 6th goal of the season the difference between the sides as Cambridge United WFC held at 1-0 at half-time in Essex away to AFC Basildon Women. Basildon frustrated having dominated the ball 1st half to fin themselves behind pressed hard in the 2nd period looking for a reply the equaliser finally coming midway through the half, Cerys Adams bundling the ball in from a corner kick. A scrappy equaliser a complete contrast to Adams next goal putting Basildon quickly into the lead scoring from range with a superb strike to make it 2-1 with 20 minutes left. Basildon going on to win the 3 points and consolidate their position in the top half of the table. 

Cerys Adams shooting to score the winner for AFC Basildon Women (photo credit Little James Photography)

Kent Football United were at home to Enfield Town Ladies at the weekend in FAWNL South East Division one, the newly promoted side bottom without a point on the board. Are beginning to get to grips with playing at a higher level Enfield a tough opponent in 5th spot having started the season well. Kent Football United doing well to hold them to a goalless draw at half-time. Enfield breaking the deadlock early in the 2nd half taking the lead in the 48th minute, Hannah Baptiste scoring her 1st goal of the campaign to make it 1-0. The lead doubled 6 minutes later with Tia Bailey firing the ball home to see the 3 points won. All very tight still at the top of the table with Enfeild in 5th spot just 4 points behind the leading pair.

The Round-Up – FAWNL 13/10/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 13th October

FAWNL Cup

 The weather affecting the FAWNL fixture schedule again this Sunday the wet weather seeing games called off. 1st Round ties being played in both the FAWNL Cup & Plate competitions. 3 1st Round ties beating the weather in the FAWNL Cup and all of them very close affairs with 2 going all the way to penalties to decide the winner.

  One of those ties in Wales with Milton Keynes Dons Ladies making the trip to face Cardiff City Ladies. A narrow 1-0 victory to Cardiff when the pair met in the league 3 weeks ago. This afternoon’s cup match no less different Milton Keynes working hard in defence to keep Cardiff out, the Cardiff defence just as effective nothing separating the sides as they fought out a goalless draw to see the game go to a penalty shootout. Two great saves from Milton Keynes goalkeeper Emma Kirby and 3 out of 3 successfully converted for Milton Keynes seeing them into the next round of the competition.

   Penalties needed too to separate Enfield Town Ladies and Yeovil Town Women. South East Division One side Enfield hosting higher league opponents at the weekend. A goal form Meesha Dudley-Jones firing Yeovil into a 30th minute lead the Southern Premier Division side holding the advantage at half-time. Enfield in good form at the start of the season coming back straight away in the 2nd period to level the scored with Beth Lumsden on target to make it 1-1. Chances coming for both sides Yeovil, Sarah Wiltshire putting Yeovil back into the lead with 20 minutes left scoring her 13th goal of the season. Three minutes left on the clock and Enfield pulled it back to 2-2 to send the game into extra-time new signing Rachel Kosky with her first goal for the club. 2-2 the game not settled in extra-time headed to penalties. Yeovil coming out on top winning the shootout 4-2 to advance in the competition.

Match action from Enfield Town Ladies v Yeovil Town Women (photo credit @MikeyTheTowner)

   Essex side AFC Basildon Women headed down to the south coast on Sunday to meet Southampton Women’s FC in the 1st Round of the FAWNL Cup. The South West Division One side taking the lead with almost half and hour played Laura Vokes finding the back of the net. Basildon coming back to equalise on the stroke of half-time Holly Turner making it 1-1 in the 43rd minute with her 4th goal of the season. An exciting final 20 minutes to the match Southampton restoring the lead on 72 minutes with Vokes striking across the keeper to score her 2nd of the game. Basildon attacking a strike sent in from distance Southampton goalkeeper Rose Kite saving pushing the ball up onto the bar dropping down at the far post 17-year-old Sophie Spencer introduced at half-time there to shot and get it back to 2-2. The hosts winning a penalty in the 82nd minute Jane Yeates seeing her spot kick superbly saved by Basildon goalkeeper Charlie Bolland. Into stoppage time the visitors winning a corner the ball put into box and bundled in for a last gasp winner.

FAWNL Plate

 The FAWNL Plate suffering casualties too due to the weather 2 ties played this Sunday featuring sides from the Southern Premier Division & South East Division One. A tough test for Kent Football United newly promoted to the FAWNL away to Watford Ladies now finding form in the Southern Premier up to 2nd in the table unbeaten in 5. The underdogs though taking the lead inside the opening 5 minutes, Amy Russ sending in a free-kick, Rebecca Mackley leaping to score her first goal for the club. A solid first half seeing the South East Division One side keep Watford at bay up the other end to lead at the break. Watford coming back starting well in the 2nd half finding an equaliser on 53 minutes, Petra Kos scoring on her debut for the club. Two minutes later the hosts were in front Anaisa Harvey on target for her first goal of the season. Watford’s fitness coming through as Kent started to tire the game entering the final 23 minutes Harvey striking again making it 3-1. Watford winning a penalty 5 minutes later captain Andrea Carid stepping up to score. Into the final 5 minutes of the match Harvey completing her hat-trick. Kos adding a 2nd of her debut to see Watford through to the next round with a 6-1 win.

A tough start to the season for both Chichester City Ladies of the Southern Premier Division and Swindon Town WFC of South West Division One with just a win and a draw between them. Meeting in the 1st Round of the FAWNL Plate this Sunday, Chichester hosting in was Swindon who held the advantage at the break Suze Berry’s 38th minute goal the difference between the sides. Swindon holding onto their lead until midway through 2nd half Natasha Wilde with a looping shot from outside the box making it 1-1. A minute later Lucy Cook introduced on the hour along with Gemma Staple brought down inside the box a penalty to Chichester, Gemma Simmonds to take her strike cannoning against the crossbar missed. The hosts pressing for a goal with less than 15 left, Simmonds intercepting before sending a shot into the bottom corner to put Chichester into the lead. Swindon needing a reply late into the game less than 5 minutes left on the clock a free-kick won, Meghan Larkin sending the ball into the top of the net to pull it back to 2-2 and see the game go into extra-time. Staple receiving a late call up to the senior squad smashing the ball into the top corner to put Chichester back into the lead 95th minute. Sophie Phelps heading in to put Chichester 4-2 up 2 minutes later the Southern Premier Division side at last registering their first victory of the season to progress.

The Round-Up – FAWNL 06/10/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 6th October

FAWNL Southern Premier Division

A limited fixture list in the FAWNL this weekend with the South East Division One sides beginning their FA Cup campaign, there were three league matches in the Southern Premier Division and one FAWNL Plate 1st Round tie.

   In the Southern Premier Division with the top two not in action an opportunity for those below to close the gap. Watford FC Ladies hosting Oxford United Women. Both sides with good opportunities to open the scoring it remained goalless for the opening half hour. The hosts going ahead in the 34th minute Katie O’Leary with the finish netting her 3rd goal of the season to make it 1-0 curling the ball into the bottom corner. Adekite Fatuga-Dada finishing inside the box in first half stoppage time to see Watford head in 2-0 up. 

  Seven minutes into the 2nd half and Watford build on their lead Fatuga-Dada setting up Leanne Bell to score. Oxford creating opportunities themselves getting it back to 3-1 with Emily Allen scoring close to the hour. Cue then a potential goal of the season Watford scoring straight from the kick-off to restart play, Emma Beckett rushing in to strike the ball in the middle launching it forwards to fly over the keeper not back on her line and land in the goal beyond 4-1 Beckett celebrating her first Watford goal. All action Oxford pull a goal back again moments later Allen on target for her 2nd of the game.  The visitors press for more goals Watford defending adding a 5th goal with 5 minutes left Beckett’s free-kick striking the crossbar Fatuga-Dada there t head in the follow-up. Watford up to 3rd joining Cardiff City Ladies on 13 points.

A strong start to the season for Yeovil Town Women winning 3 on the bounce in league and cup went on to lose back to back matches with 2 successive draws to follow 5th in the Southern Premier Division table got back to winning ways this Sunday at home to Gillingham FC Ladies. It was the Kent side who would take an early lead 1 up after 3 minutes. Yeovil starting slow coming on as the half wore on equalising midway through the 1st period captain Annie Heatherson heading in across goal to make it 1-1 her 5th of the season. 1-1 at the break Yeovil with a strong 2nd half to secure the 3 points Sarah Wiltshire reaching double figures for the season netting her 10th goal to put Yeovil into the lead soon after the restart. Heatherson scoring her 2nd of the game on the hour to extend the lead was quickly followed by a 4th goal Laura Williams with her first of the season firing in from long range. Wiltshire and Williams both going on to score a 2nd goal to see Yeovil win the match 6-1. 

A mixed season so far for Portsmouth FC Women good results in the cup whilst winning just 1 of their 3 opening league fixtures. A trip to newly promoted Keynsham Town Ladies this Sunday who themselves were without a point from 4 played bottom of the table. The visitors opening the scoring in the 10th minute with Charmaine True finishing from Rosie McDonnell’s cross. Rebecca Beth quickly making it 2-0. Within a minute Keynsham getting it back to 2-1. Bath on target with her 2nd of the 2nd of the match midway through the first half seeing Portsmouth into a 3-1 lead. That the score at half-time. Keynsham battling back to make it 3-2 on the hour was a good as it was going to get for the hosts Portsmouth strong in the final 20 minutes Tamsin De Bunsen scoring to make it 4-3 in the 70th minute. Jade Widdows finishing from 12 yards making it 5-2 on 78. A clash of heads seeing Portsmouth forced to replace their goalkeeper Mel Burn, defender Jazmin Younger going between the sticks. Portsmouth ending strong adding a further 2 goals in stoppage time with De Bunsen netting her 2nd of the game and Bath completing a hat-trick to see the game won 7-2.

FAWNL Plate

One game from the first round of the FAWNL Plate to report on this week. Plymouth Argyle Ladies looking to continue their excellent league form which sees them 2nd in the Southern Premier Division away to South West Division One side Buckland Athletic Ladies. A scrappy start Buckland Athletic taking the lead in the 10th minute Sarah Stacey heading in under the crossbar. Plymouth responding straight away to level Jessie Jones through on goal to score. The visitors applying pressure then chances created Zoe Cunningham crossing for Natasha Knapman to make it 2-1 on the half hour. A 3rd goal quick to follow with Cunningham getting on the scoresheet following a goal mouth scramble her first of the season. Helen Bleazard seeing Plymouth into a 4-1 at the break. Knapman with her 13th goal of the season putting Plymouth 5-1 up early in the 2nd half the visitors comfortable Cunningham scoring twice in the last 10 minutes getting a hat-trick in a 7-1 victory to see Plymouth safely through to the 2nd Round.

Match Report – Milton Keynes Dons Ladies v Liverpool Feds Women

Sunday 3rd March

FAWNL Plate

 The football action this Sunday comes from the FAWNL Plate. The competition reaching the the last 4, with Milton Keynes Dons Ladies taking on Liverpool Feds Women, the prize for the winner a place in a national final.

  Gillingham FC Ladies play West Bromich Albion Women in the other FAWNL Plate semi-final.

   A Determining Round played at the start of the season to decide which FAWNL sides from a 6 divisions with play in, the winners of that game going on to contest the League Cup the losing sides entering the League Plate. Both competitions down to the last 4. 

  Milton Keynes Dons Ladies are newly promoted to the Southern Premier Division after winning the South East Division One title last season. Beginning to find their feet at a higher level, currently 10th with 4 league wins are well clear of the bottom 2. Have saved their best form for the cup. As well as reaching the FAWNL Plate semi-finals, have enjoyed a good run in this season’s FA Women’s Cup and are once again through to the Bucks and Berks Women’s County Cup Final a competition the club has dominated in recent seasons.

  A bye for Milton Keynes Dons Ladies in the 1st Round of the Plate, they were away to South West Division One side Brislington Ladies in the 2nd Round, a 3-0 win seeing them safely into the 3rd Round. A home tie against Midlands Division One side Bedworth United Ladies needing to be settled by an extra-time winner, Milton Keynes winning 2-1. At home once more in the quarter finals, just last Sunday a tough game against promotion chasing Keynsham Town Ladies from South West Division One, Milton Keynes 2-1 down with the clock running down Amy Gooderham levelling the scores with a last gasp goal to send the tie into extra-time. No more goals the game heading into a penalty shoot-out Milton Keynes edging it 6-5 to advance to the semi-finals.

 Liverpool Feds Women play in the FAWNL Northern Division One currently in mid-table and into the final of their own County Cup competition. Are looking to follow in the footsteps of fellow Division one sides, Enfield Town Ladies and Luton Town Ladies in reaching their first ever National League final. Pushed Northern Premier Division leaders Blackburn Rovers Ladies all the way in the Determining Round just missing out on penalties.

   Into the Plate competition received a bye in the 1st Round. At home to fellow Northern Division one side Crewe Alexandra Ladies in the 2nd Round 2nd half goals from Jennifer Rogers and Demi Devereaux securing a 2-0 win. Onto the 3rd Round and another home fixture, a 3rd minute goal from Devereaux the different for Liverpool Feds as they beat fellow league side Chester Le Street Ladies 1-0 to set up a 3rd successive home tie in the quarter finals against Southern Premier Division side Middlesborough Women. 1st half goals from Jodie Mortimer and Carla Lee seeing them cause an upset against higher league opposition to reach the last 4.

 Milton Keynes Dons Ladies have from the beginning of this season played the majority of their home matches at Stadium MK itself. One of the leading football stadiums in the country aswell as hosting MK Dons the facility has hosted a number of national sporting events including England’s Lionesses. A fantastic venue to play at good for the Milton Keynes Dons Ladies as well as a great experience for all the sides visiting. A top quality playing surface and progress to let the women’s side use it on a regular basis. The weather a far cry from last weekend but that was the exception pretty much back to normal for the beginning of March, rain over night and falling for much of the journey down. Overcast and gloomy showers possible throughout the afternoon. Plenty of cover to be had inside the stadium.

 Milton Keynes Dons Ladies – Emma Kirby, Leanna Doyle (C), Louise Naylor, Laura Bright, Vicky Holland, Alice Hughes, Chlarizia Mia, Ellie Gough, Kerry Newman, Leah Cudone & Amy Gooderham. Subs – Sophie Shults, Charley Clarke, Sasha Newcombe, Charly Wright & Kim Farrow.

 Liverpool Feds Women – Meghan Pope, Rosie Kinvig, Abby Pope, Nicola James, Caroline Charlton, Jodie Mortimer, Chantelle Thompson (C), Amy Seagraves, Demi Devereaux, Jennifer Rogers & Carla Lee. Subs – Natalie Clark, Laura Bartup, Helen Griffiths, Mollie Farley & Emily Douglas.

It’s Liverpool to kick-off the Plate semi-final wearing an all navy kit, with Milton Keynes lined up opposite in an all white strip with gold trim. The visitors move the ball left forced to come back inside the ball played into centre back Nicola James on halfway her forwards ball intercepted takes a deflection of the defender sending it out into the right channel into the path of Liverpool attacker Jennifer Rogers 25 yards out she takes on the shot the ball racing wide of the post. 

  Liverpool making a positive start to the game flood forwards the ball left Demi Devereaux given the ball central lets fly from 20 yards Emma Kirby diving at her near post pushing the ball wide for a corner kick. The ball in towards the near post defended for a 2nd corner, this taken short Milton Keynes prevent the cross attempt to counter, Liverpool quick to close the ball down and regain possession. 

Liverpool Feds, Amy Seagraves

  Amy Seagraves on the ball for Liverpool takes it right has Rogers ahead of her, the pair joined by full back Rosie Kinvig back up the line for Seagraves she lofts a high ball in towards the top of the area the header won by Milton Keynes’ Chlarizia Mia. Liverpool have their opponents on the back foot early on pressing the ball and quick to launch attacks. Ellie Gough with the ball for Milton Keynes drives through the middle looks to thread the ball on for Amy Gooderham leading the attack, Liverpool captain Chantelle Thompson tracking back putting the tackle in to win the ball outside the box. The visitors get hold of the ball on the middle rolled out to Carla Lee moving left drives forwards into the area shoots the ball across the keeper strikes the base of the far post.

  GOAL! Liverpool have dominated the play in the opening 9 minutes and the pressure exerted brings them a deserved goal. Mounting an attack on the left Devereaux chasing the ball to the byline manages to send a cross in towards goal, Kirby down at her near post the ball squeezes through her and to her dismay is over the line before it can be cleared 0-1.

  A sluggish start to the game from Milton Keynes the goal conceded the jolt they needed, press on from the restart the ball from Gough into Kerry Newman left side head down she drives on, Caroline Charlton coming across to support Kinvig, no way through for Newman. A throw out on the right level with the top of the Liverpool box dropped into Alice Hughes, turns pushes on into the area past two players before shooting the ball held at the near post by Meghan Pope keeping goal for Liverpool. 

Milton Keynes Dons Ladies, Alice Hughes

  A free-kick won on halfway for Milton Keynes defender Laura Bright to play the ball up towards the top of the area, Charlton up with Gooderham winning the header for Liverpool. Gough with Newman to her left build it attack for Milton Keynes coming central, Gooderham looks to break in behind, Liverpool are quick to close down the threat. Devereaux bombing on down the left wing cuts inside unleashing a shot from outside the box, Kirby getting down making the safe gloving the ball away inside the box, no one on the follow up Bright sends it clear. 

  Seagraves along with Thompson and Jodie Mortimer working hard to close the ball down in the middle, break up any forward momentum Milton Keynes are trying to make. Seagraves winning the ball right plays in Rogers she is fouled a free-kick awarded the delivery to the far post long over the runners. Gooderham is away after the ball into the left corner cuts inside in an attempt to get into the area Charlton doing well up against her wins it back. Play spread by Milton Keynes for Leah Cudone on the right wing, Devereaux back to support Abby Pope the pair prevent the cross.

  GOAL! Milton Keynes get themselves back on level term with 23 minutes gone, the goal coming from a miscued ball at the back from Liverpool, Cudone intercepting the ball put across to Newman 25 yards out left of the D, time and space to line up a shot she hits it superbly, the ball flying in over the keeper kisses the underside of the crossbar on its way in 1-1.

   Is an entertaining game that has certainly got the crowd buzzing a good atmosphere amongst the supporters. Liverpool push on Thompson with the ball makes ground on the left before firing an infield ball in towards Lee 25 yards out central, doesn’t get the connection with the ball she was looking for her low effort on target but lacking the power or pace to trouble Kirby. A free-kick for Liverpool inside the Milton Keynes half the ball played into the area the header seeing the ball knocked down to the right six yards out Rogers peeling away unmarked sets her sights meets it on the volley her attempt fired wide.

Jennifer Rogers breaking forwards for Liverpool Feds

  Bright brings the ball on from the back for Milton Keynes sends it out to Newman on the left wing takes it on before sending a low diagonal ball into Gough outside the box her shot charged down by Charlton Milton Keynes beginning to exert some pressure in the final third the ball left played inside Gooderham right, Abby Pope doing enough closing her down to prevent he taking the ball on drops for Newman, she too is quickly closed down, the ball popping out to Gough he shot well over from distance. 

Liverpool Feds, Rosie Kinvig

  Seagraves brings the ball on right into Rogers closely marked by Naylor a clever back heel sends the ball on Seagraves after it cuts it back for Kinvig, she sends a cross from deep high into the box Lee in a central position six yards out gets her head on the ball, it loops up towards goal Kirby however can see it land on the roof of her net.

GOAL! Milton Keynes turn it around to take the lead in the 38th minute, the hosts winning a penalty as Naylor winning the ball in midfield plays in on for Gooderham getting in behind takes the ball on into the box left is closed down by Meghan Pope the goalkeeper saving at close range is grounded however as the ball bounces up for Gooderham about to take it on the sliding challenge comes in and the attacker is cleaned out the referee pointing to the spot. Captain Leanna Doyle to take, a good strike sending the keeper the wrong way to make it 2-1. 

Leanna Doyle scoring from the penalty spot

  Rogers with the ball left in attack for Liverpool has Lee inside her, Mortimer has gotten ahead of them both inside the D, tries to set up Lee making a run t o get past her into the box, Vicky Holland wins the ball for Milton Keynes. Cudone with good work with the ball on the right comes inside lays it off for Hughes central her strike from outside the area over. Both sides press late in the first half with defences coming out on top, Holland intercepting for Milton Keynes, Kinvig closing down Newman as she threatens to get forwards.

Half-time Milton Keynes Dons Ladies 2-1 Liverpool Feds Women

  A lively contest Liverpool with a fantastic start that gave them plenty of confidence, getting the lead their play deserved. It was the wake up call Milton Keynes needed after a slow start drawing level with a fantastic strike from Newman end the half leading 2-1. A lot of energy put into the game from Liverpool closing the ball down and positive in attack creating chances. Strong challenges starting to build as the half progressed Milton Keynes frustrated at times.

No changes for either side at half-time it’s Milton Keynes to get the 2nd half underway. The ball lost Liverpool get straight on the offence the ball with Devereaux on the left to the line she fires in a cross along the face of the six yard box the interception by Bright sees the ball cleared. Positive from both sides Liverpool counter Devereaux central laying the pass on for Lee she is marshalled wide left into the six yard box manages to get inside her marker take a shot the angle against her Kirby scooping it up at her near post. 

Laura Bright bringing the ball out of defence for Milton Keynes

  Cudone winning the ball right plays it inside to Gough lifted up into the area James clears for Liverpool. Devereaux with the ball left side comes central a constant threat, Holland clearing her ball into the area for a throw in. Thompson combines with Rogers on the right as Liverpool build in attack the cross squared in low Lee waiting on the penalty spot doesn’t connect with her shot.

  10 minutes gone in the 2nd half and Milton Keynes make the first change of the match with Kim Farrow coming on for Gooderham in attack. Liverpool pressing the ball high up the pitch won by Kinvig on for Rogers her cross into the area for Lee, cut out by Bright for a corner kick. A good delivery into the near post defended the ball headed on across goal runs out for a throw. Milton Keynes threaten to break Farrow with Newman on the left, Liverpool get the ball back to Meghan Pope. Newman attempts to thread the ball in behind for Farrow too much weight on the ball. 

Liverpool Feds, Carla Lee

  Rogers twists and turns with the ball getting into the box from the left looks to drill a ball in across goal, Kirby down the ball pops out of her gloves, the keeper pouncing on the ball before Liverpool can capitalise. An hour gone it’s Liverpool’s turn to make a change Rogers the player giving way on comes Emily Douglas. Seagraves on for Mortimer through the middle looks to release Lee, Bright can get across the attackers run shield the ball back to her keeper. Getting a little scrappy both sides pressing the ball now. 

  GOAL! Liverpool level the scores in the 64th minute… that’s about all I can tell you. Who scored? Liverpool put the ball in from the left into a crowed six yard box Kirby arms up to claim it the ball pops loose what follows it a goalmouth scramble, navy and white shirts all over the place the ball finds it’s way over the line, another own goal possibly, Liverpool don’t care they have the equaliser 2-2.

  That’s reached the volume levels amongst the crowd, Liverpool with a good amount of travelling support. Milton Keynes get on the attack from the restart the ball left put into the box caught safely by Pope. Doyle is shown a yellow card as she concedes a free-kick. The game in danger of spilling over passion showing from both sets of players. Cudone with the ball has Newman and Mia with her getting the return pass on the right is upended by Seagraves wins the free-kick. Hughes over it long to the far post headed back into the middle Cudone first to it can’t keep her shot down. 

Milton Keynes captain Leanna Doyle clearing the ball

 A 2nd change for Milton Keynes, Newman giving way on comes Charley Wright with 20 minutes left on the clock. Liverpool have their tails up getting back on level terms still full of energy. Holland frustrated with a decision against her on the edge of the penalty area ends up in the referees book. Put on from the left the hosts head clear. Hughes central plays it wide to Wright on the left taking it on fires the pass into the area for Farrow, good control near post turns into a shot Pope  saving well with her legs the ball spinning behind for a corner. 

Liverpool Feds captain, Chantelle Thompson

  Liverpool make their 2nd change of the match Lee coming off, Laura Bartup her replacement into the final 15 minutes. Cudone in behind on the right wing on for Gough she plays the ball into the box is over Farrow central, Wright racing in behind can’t turn it goalwards. Liverpool counter the ball through the middle on for Bartup, Bright blocking her shot. Cudone coming into the middle 30 yards out Farrow ahead of her looking to make a run left to right across the D, Cudone picks her out no shot on sees Gough in space to her right sends the ball on Gough striking her shot over the crossbar. 

Milton Keynes Dons Ladies, Leah Cudone

  Liverpool have maintained a good tempo throughout the match and sense the game is their’s for the taking push on Mortimer into Bartup she has a go from 30 yards out a deflection sending the ball behind for a corner on the right. Into the near post Kirby coming for it just about keeps hold of it. Charlton comes on with the ball for Liverpool finds Douglas on the right Kinvig has made a great run inside her forces her way into the box unleashes a shot Kirby diving pushes the ball wide at the near post. 

  Getting heated now into the final 5 minutes Liverpool are on the front foot late in the game, make a last change with Mollie Farley coming on for Seagraves. Farrow has made a difference since coming on for Milton Keynes seeing the ball into her feet turns and sends it on for Gough bursting into the area right the angle against her she blasts her riding shot into the side netting. Devereaux has a shot charged down for Liverpool the rebound inside box coming to Douglas to her right she slices it wide. Liverpool close the ball down high up the pitch frustrating their opponents. 

  Cudone is fouled wide right inside the Liverpool half, Milton Keynes making a change before it is taken, Sasha Newsome on for Naylor. The ball long into the area cleared by Liverpool. Alot of stoppage time played few chances created Mortimer with a high cross into the Milton Keynes area cleared by Holland, the final whistle goes and the semi-final goes into extra-time.

Full time Milton Keynes Dons Ladies 2-2 Liverpool Feds Women

Extra-time

  Both sides have made 3 changes but the new rules introduced this season mean a 4th substitute is permitted in the extra half hour of play. Liverpool with a tremendous effort to take it this far finishing the game strong, Milton Keynes to get the 1st 15 minute period of extra play underway. The ball squared into Newcombe attacking centrally for Milton Keynes she is stopped by Kinvig top of the area for Liverpool. 

  A shot from the left from Liverpool races wide at the near post. Douglas with the ball wide on the right plays an inviting cross into the area, claimed well by Kirby with Bartup closing her down. A corner for the visitors on the left the ball delivered into the near post knocked down through the crowd, Kirby down smartly on her line to claim it.

  GOAL! Liverpool take the lead on the 6th minute of extra-time, Mortimer linking up with Bartup through the middle bringing the ball on Mortimer playing it through into the box with Devereaux cutting inside from the left she hits it hard and low past the keeper into the bottom corner 2-3.

  Cudone pressuring the ball on the right gets inside to get a shot away Pope with the easy save.

  GOAL! A good response from Milton Keynes to falling behind find an immediate reply the ball won back in the middle play turned around Farrow running clear in the middle into the area can’t be caught closing in on the keeper slots the shot past her and into the back of the net 3-3.

  Thompson fires a stinging shot into the Milton Keynes goal form 20 yards out the ball bouncing out of Kirby’s gloves her defence getting to it first. Cudone pressing right whips in a low ball missed by the defender six yards out onto Farrow quickly turns and shoots the ball wide. Bartup skims the top of the Milton Keynes crossbar with a long range strike. Liverpool with a 4th change, Helen Griffiths on for Abby Pope. Charlton doing well inside the area to shield the ball from Farrow the ball in from the right Pope down on it.

Half-time extra-time Milton Keynes Dons Ladies 3-3 Liverpool Feds Women

  15 minutes left for one side or the other to find a winning goal or we will have a penalty shoot-out. Liverpool to get the game restarted. Cudone rushing in to claim a loose ball at the back, plays it on for Farrow a driving run is ended as Thompson gets back to defend. Players starting to go down with cramp alot of tired legs out there. Mortimer lets fly from distance Kirby dropping forwards to claim the ball. 

 GOAL! 5 minutes into the 2nd period of extra-time and Milton Keynes get themselves in front attacking down the left Wright with the cross in towards the near post a great height for Farrow gets up and twisting her neck powers her header across the face of goal to strike the inside of the far post and in for her 2nd of the game 4-3.

  Devereaux wins Liverpool a corner the late goal sapping their strength the ball played into the congested six yard box Milton Keynes scramble it away. Devereaux has the legs to get forwards for Liverpool left she dives her cross/shot wide at the near post. 

  Newcombe fouls Bartup 20 yards out in a dangerous position central. Bartup on it goes for goal Kirby gloving her attempt up into the air manages to punch it away as she’s closed down a corner won, Cudone back to cut it out. Milton Keynes break the ball with Farrow, Bartup gets back to defend Gough onto the loose ball right her cross behind. 

Full time extra-time Milton Keynes Dons Ladies 4-3 Liverpool Feds Women

  Milton Keynes Dons Ladies win the game 4-3 in extra-time to reach their first ever National Final. Coming out on top in the finish in a hard fought contest the 2nd game in a week that has gone into extra-time, penalties not needed this time. Were on the back foot for large portions of the game, frustrated by their opponents conceding early never got on top of their opponents, Farrow’s goals proving the difference in the finish. A successful weekend all round for the club with their U16 RTC making it to their 1st ever final too the FA Youth Plate.

A tremendous effort from Liverpool Feds Women pushing Milton Keynes all the way to extra-time, worked hard throughout, the better side easily for large spells a good start a deserved lead, 2-1 down at the break were never out of it and getting back on level terms forced the game into extra-time just running out of steam towards the end. Backed by a buoyant and vocal travelling support they can be proud of how far they have come.

Will be an all Southern Premier Division Final too with Gillingham FC Ladies beating West Bromich Albion Women 1-0 in the other Plate semi-final.

Women’s Football East – Player of the Match

  They don’t get any easier it’s another tough one this Sunday in trying to pick the Women’s Football East – Player of the Match. 9 times out of 10 it will be a player from the winning side but occasionally you can’t ignore the notes, which is why today’s award goes to a Liverpool Feds player, Demi Devereaux, a constant threat throughout the game full of running, getting forwards to influence the attack, in what was a great team effort.

 An enjoyable trip to the Stadium MK. Always nice to see another side for the first time an entertaining semi-final, Kept dry a bonus my thanks for Milton Keynes for their help with the team details and congratulations upon reaching the FAWNL Plate Final.

The Round-Up – FAWNL 24/02/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 24th February

Perfect weather for the final weekend of February last year we had the Beast from the East this time around it was positively tropical in comparison with bright sunshine and warm temperatures far from the expected for this time of year and no one was complaining.

  Sad news too with many clubs up and down the country pausing before their matches in memory of Jordan Dawes who passed away after losing her brief battle with liver cancer. The 18-year-old goalkeeper life all too short, touched many in that time, a great smile, a talented goalkeeper whose previous clubs include Charlton Athletic Women and Kent United. A life taken too soon rest in peace Jordan. 

A tribute picture for Jordan Dawes produced by Kent Football United

FAWNL Cup

  Plenty of action across all leagues this Sunday, we begin the action in the FAWNL. One remaining game to be played in the last 8 of the FAWNL Cup. Crawley Wasps Ladies still with a 100% league record leading the way in South East Division One travelling once again to play Coventry United Ladies, themselves with an unbeaten record laying 2nd in the Southern Premier Division. The two sides having met already one this season at the start of 2019 in the FA Women’s Cup, Crawley Wasps winning the game 2-1 to knock their higher league opponents out of the competition.

   This Sunday’s quarter final tie no less competitive the dead lock broken with 37 minutes on the clock Kemina Webber who had already seen an effort ruled off for offside fed the ball inside the box and slotting home to make it 1-0. That the advantage for Crawley at the break. Coventry pushing for a reply early in the 2nd half, Beth Merrick getting the equaliser with a looping header back across the face of goal to make it 1-1 with nearly an hour played. Merrick coming close with a strike over the bar moments later. Crawley winning a corner up the other end Naomi Cole sending the ball long to the far post Darcey James with the header to send the ball back in and restore the visitors lead. Defending it was a repeat of the FA Cup game with Crawley winning 2-1 to reach the last 4 and will be at home to Bolton Wanderers Ladies this coming Sunday a place in the final for the winners.

FAWNL Plate

Like the FAWNL Cup their was one outstanding quarter final tie left in the Plate competition with Milton Keynes Dons Ladies at home taking on South West Division One side Keynsham Town Ladies. The visitors getting themselves into the lead midway through the 1st half. The Southern Premier Division side getting themselves back on level terms before the break with Leanna Doyle putting Leah Cudone through on goal to make it 1-1. Both sides with chances 2nd half Keynsham rattling the woodwork, the game entering the final 20 minutes the visitors were awarded a free-kick 20 yards out scored to retake the lead. The clock rapidly running down Milton Keynes levelled the scores at the death to force the game into extra-time Amy Gooderham with the goal. The hosts coming close to winning the game in the extra period it remained 2-2 to head into a penalty shootout. 3-3 after the regulation 5 into sudden death, Emma Kirby saving for Milton Keynes. Alice Hughes scored to send them through 5-4. Milton Keynes at home to Liverpool Feds Women in the semi-finals this coming Sunday.

FAWNL Southern Premier Division

 Six league wins in a row now for Cardiff City Ladies in the Southern Premier Division as the 3rd placed side won at home this Sunday in the process seeing league leaders Chichester City Ladies suffer back to back defeats. The damage done in the opening half hour the Welsh side getting themselves into a 3-0 lead with Emma Jones scoring a hat-trick. Her 1st on 6 minutes the 2nd quickly followed by the 3rd midway through the 1st half. Jess Lewry pulling it back to 3-1 late in the 1st half. That was how the scores remained going into the final 5 minutes, a 30 yard strike from Chloe Jones securing the win for Cardiff, despite Cherelle Khassel getting a goal for Chichester in the 88th minute. A 4-2 win for Cardiff in 3rd position leading the chasing pack close the gap to Chichester to 5 points with two games in hand.

   Is a 3 way tie of 28 points in 3rd, 4th & 5th in the Southern Premier Division table with Oxford United Women another form side in 4th position 5 wins in a row in the league themselves now unbeaten in 7 to climb the table. Were at home to Gillingham FC Ladies this Sunday, another close game a single goal winning the game coming from Florence Fyfe her 9th goal of the season seeing her become joint top scorer with Emily Allen winning the game 1-0 for Oxford.

  Points dropped in recent games had seen Watford FC Ladies slip from 3rd to 5th. Have bounced back with an unbeaten run of 3 matches in the Southern Premier Division. 7 points collected in that time the latest 3 points coming away to Loughborough Foxes Women this Sunday. Watford coming back from trailing 1-0 at half-time to win the game 2-1 with a winning goal 6 minutes from time. Rebecca Mcgrother putting Loughborough 1-0 up in the 1st half. Helen Ward equalising for Watford 12 minutes into the 2nd half with her 17th goal of the season. The winner struck late on Alysha Stojko-Down scoring her first goal of the season to see the visitors return home with the 3 points.

  A 7 goal thriller in the other game played in the Southern Premier Division at the weekend with 2nd bottom side Queens Park Rangers Women travelling down to the South West to play Plymouth Argyle Ladies. Zoe Cunningham putting the hosts into the lead in the 12th minute the advantage short-lived with QPR levelling moments later through Jo Wilson. 3 minutes later QPR were in front themselves Wilson striking again to make it 2-1. Jessie Jones bringing it back to 2-2 for Plymouth on the half hour. 2-2 at half-time. Cunningham with her 2nd of the match putting Plymouth back into the lead in the 56th minute. The game entering the final 10 minutes Mollie Taylor extended the home sides lead to make it 4-2, but again QPR responded with a quick reply Wilson on target scoring her 3rd ad completing a hat-trick setting up a tense finish to the game Plymouth holding on however to win the game 4-3.

FAWNL South East Division One

4 games in South East Division One this Sunday. Crawley Wasps leading the way involved in the League Cup it was another opportunity for 2nd placed Billericay Town Ladies to close the gap on them to 4 points. Were away to Stevenage Ladies this Sunday. In need of the points themselves have a growing injury list despite that put in a good defensive display to keep thier opponents at bay, goalkeeper Hannah Vandersluis pulling off a number of saves. Hit the post up the other end Amy Josland with the strike. Billericay are scoring goals and have a number of prolific players in their side the Essex side getting in front on the hour Zoe Rushen finding the back of the net. It wasn’t until the final minute that the 3 points were secured Sam Pittuck with the strike to see the game won 2-0. Billericay have played 2 more than Crawley.

  In 3rd position in the South East Division One table Actonians Ladies are now unbeaten in 8 games in all competitions. A long trip up to Norfolk this Sunday to take on Norwich City Ladies in the league. A lively start to the match with Carla Williams firing Actonians into a 5th minute lead. Norwich hitting back straight away with Chelsea Garrett firing home to make it 1-1 in the 7th minute. Alessandra Barreca has been Actonians main goal threat in recent seasons and her 19th strike of the season in the 21st minute saw the visitors leading 2-1 at half-time. Kate Parsons introduced to the action for Norwich in the 57th minute she levelled the scores at 2-2 with the game entering the final 20 minutes. Actonians were soon back in front Barreca with her 2nd of the match and 20th of the season scoring what would prove to be the winning.

   Leyton Orient WFC had suffered 3 straight defeats in the league going into this Sunday’s away trip to Mildenhall Town FC to play Cambridge United Women. The hosts taking the lead through a fantastic 25 yard strike from Amber Cantwell. Sophie Le Marchand always a threat on the attack for Leyton Orient put in behind the defence levelling the scores before half-time. The visitors going on to win the game by a single goal scoring again in the 2nd half, Egle Trezzi in midfield playing the ball on for Suaila Cardoso Queni running across the back line top of the area slotting the ball past the advancing goalkeeper. Leyton Orient up a place to 4th position.

Leyton Orient WFC’s Sophie Le Marchand

  Luton Town Ladies had found themselves adrift at the bottom of the South East Division One table a tough season to date just 4 points on the board going into the week. Earned a useful point against a much improved Enfield Town Ladies with a battling 0-0 draw at Enfield on Wednesday night. This weekend were away to AFC Wimbledon Ladies. The hosts enduring a run of 4 straight defeats in all competitions going into the game. Luton started well captain Zara Carroll firing home from a free-kick to put the visiting side 1-0 up inside 3 minutes. Dionne Manning rounding the keeper to make it 2-0 inside the opening 15 minutes. Manning with the assist on the half hour for substitute Remi Bains to score. 3-0 up at half-time. Katie Stanley pulling a goal back for Wimbledon midway through the 2nd half. Jess McKay found the bottom corner in the closing minutes to see Luton win the game 4-1 just their 2nd win of the season and close the gap to Denham it 2 points, both Stevenage and Cambridge in danger of getting dragged into the battle at the bottom now on 14 points each.

The Round-Up FAWNL 10/02/19

The Round-Up

Sunday 10th Feb

FAWNL Southern Premier Division

It was once again another weather affected weekend across the football fixtures lists with games called off at all levels. A limited programme in the FAWNL Southern Premier Division with just the two games scheduled. Leaders, Chichester City Ladies were looking to extend their 5 point lead at the top of the table with a win away to mid-table Oxford United Women on Sunday. The sides goalless at half-time Chichester creating the better opportunities, Oxford’s Georgia Timms seeing an effort come back off the woodwork. Lucy Thomas making some excellent saves in goal for the hosts the dead lock was broken in the 66th minute Timms’ heading the ball into the back of the net from a corner her goal proving to be enough as Oxford kept Chichester out at the other end to win their 7th game of the season. Chichester with their 3rd defeat of the campaign.

  Plenty of goals in the other game from the FAWNL Southern Premier Division this Sunday between Watford FC Ladies and Portsmouth FC Women. The game played at Letchworth’s County Ground a new playing surface. Eilidh Currie was making her 100th appearance for Portsmouth. Watford opening the scoring with Helen Ward making it 1-0 on 21 minutes, and own goal a few minutes later seeing the advantage doubled. Portsmouth reducing the deficit with a minute left of the 1st half with Shannon Albuery scoring to make it 2-1. 

Half-time a 2-1 lead for Watford two quick goals at the start of the 2nd period putting the hosts into a strong positing Ward getting her 2nd of the game on 46 minutes, turned assist for Leanne Bell to score just a couple of minutes later. The game far from over however as Portsmouth mounted a strong come back awarded a penalty just past the hour, Rachel Panting firing the ball home to make it 4-2, Rebecca Bath on the scoresheet for Portsmouth soon after to make it 4-3 set up a frantic finish the game in stoppage time when the visitors grabbed the equalising goal Katie James with the finish making it 4-4. Time for a winner with Watford responding straight away attacking the ball crossed along the face of goal finding Ward at the far post to tap the ball in and celebrate her hat-trick and a 5-4 victory for Watford that sees them back up to 3rd in the Southern Premier Division table.

Watford FC Ladies, Helen Ward

FAWNL South East Division One

  Two of the 4 games scheduled in FAWNL South East Division One beat the weather on Sunday. It was 4th at home to 2nd in the league at the weekend with Enfield Town Ladies hosting Billericay Town Ladies both sides enjoying a good season to date. Opportunities for both in the 1st half the scores remained goalless at the break. Enfield taking the lead early in the 2nd half with Eliza Diaz on target to make it 1-0. Billericay were giving a debut to goalkeeper Gemma Crowe, the Essex side responding quickly to falling a goal behind equalised and then went on to take a 2-1 lead themselves, Lindsey Morgan and Jay Blackie with the goals. Leyla Yahioglu introduced in the 64th minute to make her 1st appearance for Enfield celebrated the occasion by getting a goal with 10 minutes remaining to level the scores and see the sides share the points.

  Is a tight race in the top half of the FAWNL South East Division One 5th placed Leyton Orient WFC with a chance to climb up into 3rd spot themselves if they could secure the win at home to struggling Denham United Ladies on Sunday. Both keepers called into action Leyton Orient saw a Sophie Le Marchand effort ruled off for offside. Denham proving hard to break down took an early lead in the 2nd half with Meila D’Santos finding the bottom corner to make it 1-0 the visitors going 2-0 to the good with Emma Kern’s effort trickling over the line in the 55th minute. Denham working hard to keep their lead and win for just the 2nd time this season the 3 points much needed applying a little bit of pressure to the sides above.

FAWNL Plate

  One game from the quarter finals of the FAWNL Pate competition this Sunday with Southern Premier Division side Gillingham FC Ladies away to Stevenage Ladies from South East Division One. Stevenage having a few missing through injury including captain Paige Logie who has unfortunately suffered an ACL injury that will see her ruled out for the rest of the season. Despite thier injury problems Stevenage started the game well but against the run of play Gillingham took the lead scoring in the 23rd minute. An over the top ball seeing Gillingham double their lead, a 3rd goal coming early in the 2nd half Gillingham going on to win the game 4-0 to book their place in the last four.

  Will be joined in the hat by West Bromich Albion Women who were 1-0 away winners against Barnsley Ladies this Sunday and Liverpool Feds Women from Northern Division One who beat Northern Premier Division side Middlesborough Women 2-0. Milton Keynes Dons Ladies are at home to Keynsham Town Ladies this coming Sunday in the last Plate quarter final.

The Round-Up – FAWNL 02/12/18

The Round-Up

Sunday 2nd December

FAWNL Plate

With the sides from the FAWNL Southern Premier Division entering the FA Women’s Cup this Sunday there was a severely reduced fixture list elsewhere with just the two matches taking place, one league game aswell a a single tie from the 3rd Round of the FAWNL Plate.

  A place in the quarter finals up for the taking, Ipswich Town Women were hosting Stevenage Ladies for the 2nd successive Sunday. The first in the league Ipswich edging a very close game winning by a single goal scored by captain Kerry Stimson. Meeting this Sunday in the FAWNL Plate the 2 sides enjoyed another close encounter drawing 0-0 at half-time, it was Ipswich who were to take the lead going 1-0 up on the hour with Natasha Thomas firing the ball home. It looked as if a single goal was going to be enough again as Stevenage pressed for the equaliser the game heading into stoppage time up popped Ashleigh Deacon to score a last gasp leveller to force the tie into extra-time. The visitors taking the lead early in the extra period of play, Ellie Searle getting the goal to make it 2-1, would prove to be the winning goal as Stevenage booked their place in the last 8 of the Plate competition.

FAWNL South East Division One

One league game this Sunday in FAWNL South East Division One, mid-table Actonians Ladies hosting 2nd bottom, Denham United Ladies. Alessandra Barreca scoring her 10th goal of the season on the half hour for Actonians a flurry of goals was to follow at the end of the first half half to see the hosts take an iron grip of the game, Barreca netting her 2nd in the 38th minute, goal from Sara Lopez Ezzahiri and Enya Collins on the 44th & 45th minute seeing Actonians get 4 on the board. Sharon Odofin making her first start of the season scored her 1st goal too 8 minutes into the 2nd half, Actonians going on to win the game 5-1. Holly Nicholls with the goal for Denham. The win for Actonians, seeing them pull away from the sides at the bottom of the table and close the gap to the sides above in contention now for an assault on the top half.