FAWPL – Sunday 4th Sept
Welcome to the 3rd edition of The Round-Up focusing on the FAWPL Southern and South East Division One the 2016/17 is into it’s 3rd weekend. A different slant on this edition however as the league takes a break with all of the FAWPL sides contesting the 6 leagues across the country enter the Determining Round of the FAWPL Cup. You know how it works by now into it’s 3rd season this weekend sees the sides drawn together with the winner of each tie going on to contest the FAWPL Cup proper the losing sides going on to fight for the FAWPL Plate.
Tragically 18-year-old footballer, Zoe Tynan lost her life earlier in the week an U19 England player she had recently signed for Flyde Ladies. In remembrance a tribute of a minutes applause took place before every FAWPL and FAWSL match this weekend.
A north/south split with the draw with the Northern Division drawn with it’s North and Midlands Division One counterparts. On Women’s Football East it’s the FAWPL Southern and South East Division One that’s focused on for the Determining Round sides from the South West Division One join those leagues in the draw, 16 ties to bring you and some varying and interesting results so let’s get cracking.
We’ll start with the FAWPL League Cup holders, Tottenham Hotspur Ladies who were to begin the defence of the trophy with a Determining Round tie away to West Ham United Ladies playing at their new home, Thurrock FC’s, Ship Lane. The holders proved to be too much for a young West Ham United side as they stormed into an early lead, Lucia Leon with the opening goal inside 5 minutes, Eartha Pond converted a penalty kick 3 minutes late and Bianca Baptiste was put in on goal to make it 3-0 with 10 minutes gone. Wendy Martin cored from the penalty spot herself in between a brace from Nikita Whinnett that saw the ha-time lead extended to 6-0. New signing Renee Hector headed home to score 7 minutes into the 2nd half then ex-West Ham player Kelley Blanchflower added a brace scoring in the 56th and 71st minute. Captain Jenna Schillaci taking the scoreline into double figures, Tottenham showing they mean to hold on to the FAWPL League Cup with a 10-0 win.
Last season’s beaten finalists, Cardiff City Ladies made the long trip to Suffolk on Sunday to play Ipswich Town Ladies in the Determining Round proved to strong an opponent for the side a league below them winning the game 5-0 to advance into the FAWPL League Cup proper, Chloe Chivers scoring 2 goals with Chloe Lloyd, Hope Suominen and Cori Williams scoring a goal a piece.
Not quite reaching double figures were Coventry United Ladies, winners of the FAWPL League Plate last season would love to be in the final of the Cup competition this time around and the FAWPL Southern Division side were too much at home for South West Division One side, Maidenhead United Ladies. Marie Gauntlett scoring 5 goals in the game after Helen Demody had given Coventry an early lead. Laura Cooper netting in the 1st half. Amber Hughes with a strike early 2nd half plus a goal from Jade Brook saw Coventry United Ladies win convincingly 9-0.
The early pace setters in the FAWPL Southern Division welcomed Isle of Wight side Shanklin Ladies to Sporting Club Thamesmead on Sunday. Gemma Shepherd in fine goal scoring form at the beginning of the season plundered 4 more goals against the FAWPL South West Division One side 2 in either half, Kit Graham scored in the 1st half with a goal in each half for new signing Avilla Bergin from Tottenham Hotspur Ladies her 1st goals from her new club, Jenny Newman scoring Charlton’s 8th goal a minute from time. A consolation goal for Shanklin scored by Dani Morris the final score 8-1.
Charlton weren’t the only FAWPL Southern Division side to rack up 8 goals in the Determining Round, C&K Basildon Ladies were at home with South West Division One side, St Nicholas Ladies the visitors. Were leading 7-0 at half-time, Sara Sinclair helping herself to 4 goals with captain Zoe Rushn also scoring with a brace from Charlotte Kellet. Karissa Rodney added an 8th goal early 2nd half, St Nicholas managing to stem the goal flow seeing no more goal the final score 8-0.
Portsmouth FC Ladies were at home on Sunday in the Determining Round, Lowestoft Town Ladies making the long journey down from the Suffolk coast for the match, plenty of goals in the 1st half, Eilidh Currie giving Portsmouth the lead inside the opening 10 minutes. Sarah Kempson made it 2-0 on 16 minutes. Lowestoft came back getting themselves back on level terms Gemma Moore pulling a goal back 2 minutes later then Broghan Scully making it 2-2 on 23 minutes. Emma Sherwood restored Portsmouth’s lead with half an hour played Kempson with her 2nd goal of the game seeing the home side lead 4-2 at half-time. All Portsmouth 2nd half as they went on to win the game 8-2, Currie and Sherwood going on to score a 2nd goal each Kempson completing her hat-trick in between before substitute, Gemma Hillier scored in the last 10 minutes.
Was a long journey west for Crystal Palace Ladies travelling to South West Division One side, Keynsham Town Ladies for the Determining Round. Gemma Bryan (pictured right) giving the Southern Division one a 1st half lead. Keynsham came back 2nd half to level things up from the penalty spot, however Crystal Palace Ladies went on to win the game 2-1, Rochelle Shakes scoring the winner. Suffered an injury blow during the match, striker Nicha Dyatt fracturing her tibia. Women’s Football East wishes her well in her recovery.
Some strong performances from FAWPL Southern Division sides there however they didn’t have thing’s there own way in all the Determining Round ties. Lewes Ladies had started their league campaign well and were in confident mood as they travelled up from the South to play Cambridge United WFC, had the FAWPL South East Division One side on the back foot early on Georgia Bridges scoring from a corner kick inside 5 minutes. Were dominant at the start of the match going on to add a 2nd goal on 25 minutes through Rebecca Carter. Cambridge fought their way back into the match slowly creating chances, Lewes Dobear saving brilliantly off Nicole Perschky as she was played in behind for a one on one chance. Perschky got another opportunity to run in behind the Lewes defence before half-time sending the ball past Dolbear to score make it 2-1.
2nd half was a different story Cambridge began to dominate creating chances but finding the Lewes defence a tough nut to crack, time was almost up when the home side won a corner deep into injury time. The ball came smashing off the crossbar as Faith Hewitt struck it from inside the six yard box, Becky Taylor latching onto the rebound took it on before striking home to see Cambridge force the game into extra-time. No more goals in the 1st period of extra-time. Early in the 2nd period Lewes, Rachel Palmer hit a looping ball into the Cambridge area, defender Paige Logie heading the ball into her own net as she tried to clear. That lead was short lived, Perschky given the ball from a superb long pass from Dawn Mallett turning inside stood tall as Dolbear cam to challenge edge of her box, shifting the ball past the grounded keeper Perschky slid the ball into the empty net beyond. After extra-time the sides couldn’t be separated and the tie went to penalties, two saves from Cambridge goalkeeper before Mallett stepped up knowing her side would be through if she scored she did and was promptly buried under her joyous team-mates. This game is the featured match on the Supporting Women’s Football Blog and you can read it by clicking on the link below.
Another South East Division One side to win against Southern Division opposition were Denham United Ladies, taking on Swindon Town Ladies at home. Both sides battling their way to a 0-0 draw after 90 minutes the game going into extra-time. Swindon took the lead Chyna Collings getting the goal on 102 minutes. Denham responded Allisa Down scoring to make it 1-1 before Jeta Bytyqi went on to find the winning goal 2-1 the final score.
Norwich City Ladies joined Cambridge and Denham in beating higher league opposition in the Determining Round an away trip to play Queens Park Rangers Ladies. Fell behind early on as Jennifer Critchley gave QPR the lead inside 6 minutes. Norwich were back on level terms 8 minutes later, Chelsea Garrett the player on target. Ebony Wiseman put Norwich into the lead scoring with around half an hour played. Liv Thompson got it back to 2-2 for the home side. Into the last 10 minutes of the game Norwich found the winning goal, scored by ex-Nettleham Ladies player, Kyla Love to see Norwich progress into the FAWPL Cup proper.
Gillingham FC Ladies travelled down to the South Coast in an all Division One tie playing South West side Southampton Saints. Amy Taylor scoring a hat-trick in the game with Katie Hardaker also getting on the scoresheet in a 4-0 win. Not too far for Milton Keynes Dons Ladies to travel taking on fellow South East Division One side, Luton Town Ladies advance to the FAWPL Cup competition with a 3-1 victory, Hannah Barrett, Anna Loftus and Heather McDonnell with the goals.
Last season’s beaten FAWPL League Plate finalists, Enfield Town Ladies welcomed South West Division One side, Exeter City Ladies to the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium a long journey, the 1st half remained goalless. Alena Beganovic got Enfield into the lead early in the 2nd half. They couldn’t hold on Sarah Hill netting for Exeter to make it 1-1 the final score after 90 minutes the tie headed into extra-time. Eliza Diaz got Enfield back into the lead with a minute of the 1st half of extra-time left. The win was sealed in the 2nd period of extra-time, Ellie Taladiana with the goal to see Enfield win 3-1.
AFC Wimbledon Ladies also advance into the FAWPL League Cup side newly promoted to South East Division One hosting South West Division One side Plymouth Argyle Ladies. Sian Wylie getting AFC Wimbledon the lead on 25 minutes. Kelly-Jade Whelan making it 2-0 9 minutes later. Plymouth got an immediate response Danielle Salt with the goal the advantage 2-1 to AFC Wimbledon at half-time. Plymouth’s Ezme Wells gets a goal to her name early in the 2nd half to level it all up at 2-2. 20 minutes left on the clock and AFC Wimbledon’s Rebecca Sargent sends the ball over the goal line the winning goal as the home side goes on to win 3-2.
Two South East Division One sides will have to settle for a place in the League Plate draw as they lose their Determining Round ties. Newly promoted, Stevenage Ladies were at home on Sunday playing Larkhall Athletic Ladies. Carly Bryant, Kate and Krystle German with the goals in a 3-0 away win for the South West Division side. Actonians Ladies travelled south to play Chichester City Ladies. Despite goals from Chelsea Berlin and Carla Williams, Actonians lost out going down 6-2. Chichester City with 5 different goal scorers a brace for Shannon Albuery, plus a goal each for Emma Alexandre, Rebecca Barron, Luci Challen and Cherelle Khassal.
That wraps up this edition of The Round-Up the Determining Round ties settled, 35 sides now go on to contest each competition the Cup and Plate the draws for which will b coming up shortly a preliminary round to whittle each field down to 32 before the 1st Round proper, will update the draws as soon as they’re in.