FAWPL – Sunday 11th December
This weekend saw the quarter finals of the FAWPL Cup and Plate competitions being played.
4 sides from the FAWPL Southern Division had reached the quarter finals of the FAWPL Cup with 3 of those making it through to the semi-finals of the competition on Sunday. Cup Holders Tottenham Hotspur Ladies were at home playing fellow Southern Division side Crystal Palace Ladies who had a few players out through injury and illness. Tottenham got off to a brilliant start Nikita Whinnett putting them into the lead after just 14 seconds. Whinnett went on to score again in the 7th minute to make it 2-0. Wendy Martin heading the ball into the back of the net with 4 minutes left in the 1st half to see Tottenham lead 3-0 at the break. Rochelle Shakes pulled a goal back for Crystal Palace Ladies 8 minutes into the 2nd half however Tottenham restored their 3 goal cushion on 68 minutes Bianca Baptiste on target with the goal the final score 4-1.
Cardiff City Ladies are also through to the FAWPL Cup semi-finals winning away from home on Sunday against FAWPL Northern Division One side Liverpool Marshalls Feds Ladies. Their lower league opponents holding them to a goalless draw at half-time before goals in the 2nd half from Michelle Green and Cori Williams saw the welsh side advance into the last 4 of the competition.
Charlton Athletic Women are also through to the semi-finals after being taken all the way to penalties at home by FAWPL Northern Division side, West Bromich Albion Ladies. Kit Graham gave Charlton the lead in the 19th minute at Sporting Club Thamesmead. Amy Dickens pulled the score back level at 1-1 for West Brom just after the half-hour the scores remaining that way for the rest of the game, extra-time didn’t see anyone break the deadlock the tie heading to penalties, Charlton winning the shootout 4-2 to win a place in the last 4 of the FAWPL Cup.
Making up the last 4 in the FAWPL Cup are FAWPL Northern Division side, Blackburn Rovers Ladies after a 3-1 win away to Northern Division One side, Chester Le Street Ladies.
3 sides from the FAWPL Southern Division and South East Division One had made it through to the quarter finals of the FAWPL Plate. Two of those set to face each other, Luton Town Ladies from South East Division One at home to Lewes Ladies from the Southern Division both will have to try again next Sunday after the tie had to be postponed due to a water-logged pitch.
Actonians Ladies are through to the semi-finals of the FAWPL Plate the South East Division One side at home taking on FAWPL Midlands Division One side, Radcliffe Olympic Ladies, both in 4th place in their respective leagues going into the game, a goal from Melissa Jung along with a brace by Carla Williams (pictured) seeing Actonians Ladies win the game 3-0 to make it into the last 4 of the competition.
Elsewhere in the FAWPL Plate two sides from the Northern Division make it through to the semi-finals of the competition, Leicester City Women beating Keynsham Town Ladies away from home 3-2 with an extra-time winner to make the semi-finals. A convincing away win for Huddersfield Town Ladies beating lower league Tranmere Rovers Ladies 7-0 away from home to reach the last 4.
FAWPL Southern Division
One match in the FAWPL Southern Division at the weekend with Coventry United Ladies moving back up a place above Cardiff City Ladies into 3rd place with an away win against C&K Basildon Ladies. The sides looked to be heading into the changing rooms at half-time with the score 0-0 until Amber Hughes found the back of the net a minute into stoppage time to see Coventry take the lead. Alison Hall extended Coventry’s lead with 20 minutes left to play before Hughes with her 2nd of the game struck the ball home with 6 minutes left to ensure the 3 points were safe. 3-0 the final score.
FAWPL South East Division One
4 games in FAWPL South East Division One on Sunday, league leaders, Cambridge United WFC opening up a 4 point gap at the top with an away victory against Ipswich Town Ladies. Nicole Perschky getting the visitors off to a great start putting Cambridge 1-0 up inside the opening 5 minutes. That the score going into the changing rooms at half-time, Danielle Puddefoot striking the post the closest anyone came to a 2nd goal. Dawn Mallett (pictured) found the back of the net from a 25 yard free-kick 15 minutes into the 2nd half to make it 2-0 to Cambridge before they ran away with the score in the final 10 minutes, Mallett and Perschky both scoring their 2nd goals of the game on 80 and 83 minutes, Puddefoot scoring with 2 minutes of normal play left to see Cambridge win 5-0.
AFC Wimbledon Ladies were on the road again on Sunday for a 2nd successive trip to Norfolk to play Norwich City Ladies the 2nd placed side having knocked Norwich out of the FA Women’s Cup with a 4-1 win. The sides playing out a goalless 1st half at Plantation Park it was Wimbleson who went on to take the lead Rebecca Sargent opening the scoring 10 minutes into the 2nd half. Norwich have plenty of games in hand on everyone else in the league 3rd bottom however it’s the points they need with just 1 win from 5 played to date. Paige Shorten getting the goal inside the last 10 minutes to see them draw the game 1-1 and see the points shared.
3rd placed Milton Keynes Dons Ladies made the long trip up to the Suffolk coast on Sunday to play Lowestoft Town Ladies at Crown Meadow. The sides going in level at 1-1 at half-time, Molly Hall scoring on 35 minutes for Lowestoft. Milton Keynes Dons with a strong 2nd half performance going on to win the game 6-2. A brace each for Leah Cudone and captain Charly Clarke with a gaol each for Charlotte Matthews and Vicky Holland. Captain, Hannah Waters with the 2nd half goal for Lowestoft.
A big away win for Gillingham FC Ladies on Sunday in the league against Denham United Ladies to see them move up 2 places into 4th spot in the table, still unbeaten in the league with games in hand on the sides above them. No goalscorers on record yet in a 9-0 victory.
FA Women’s Cup
One match postponed from last Sunday in the FA Women’s Cup 1st Round Proper with FAWPL Southern Division side, Swindon Town Ladies travelling to the South Coast to play Southern Region Women’s Premier Division leaders Southampton Women FC. The side 2 leagues below Swindon picking up a great result winning the game 2-0 with a goal in each half from Kirsty Bell and Laura Gilbank. Southampton Women FC will now be away to FAWPL South East Division One leaders, Cambridge United WFC in the 2nd Round Proper the tie to be played Sunday 8th January.