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Tonbridge Angels
Diamond United
B Janes (1', 8', 11', 46'), M Akehurst (30'), K Moran (46' Pen), J Coombes (61')
Full time
Unknown (6', 64', 78')
Sun 8 Apr 14:00 - Cup Attendance 131

Ladies reach their first cup final

Landmark day for our girls

In only their second competitive season, Tonbridge Angels Ladies have reached a showpiece final to be contested at the Gallagher Stadium, Maidstone, on Thursday 17th May with an evening kick off.

Their opponents in the Kent Divisional Cup are still unknown as one of the quarter finals still has to be played, but tonight Angels won’t be too worried about that as they celebrate their famous victory over Diamond United, a match played within the wide spaces of Longmead Stadium.

The home side got off to the best possible start when after just a minute’s play the classy Becky Janes met Megan Akehurst’s pinpoint cross to open the Angels account. Just four minutes later Tonbridge knew they were in a game when Amy Metland for Diamonds equalised and despite an assistant’s flag briefly raised for presumably offside the referee saw nothing wrong with the strike.

Angels lead was restored in the 9th minute with Janes’ 20 yarder giving Terri Bryant no chance in the Diamond’s goal and the afternoon appeared to be getting even better when Janes claimed her hat trick in the 11th minute converting a corner with a perfect header. The home side continued to make most of the running with chances falling to Lauryn Underhill and Alex Weston.

On 29 minutes it became 4-1 for the home side when Akehurst ran through to convert a Janes assist but it was at this point that Diamond were not simply going to be rolled over and started to exert some pressure of their own. A key moment came on the half hour mark when the visitors hit the post and Angels just about managed to clear the danger although a minute later Olivia MacDonald could have reduced the arrears for Diamond.

The turning point in the game came as the half was concluding. Angels Becky Jarvis was bundled over in the area with Kelly Moran converting and then a minute later the mercurial Janes scored her fourth and Tonbridge’s sixth goal right on the half time whistle.

The second half never quite lived up the achievements of the first period. Angels rhythm was somewhat disjointed due to rolling substitutions and Diamond at least at the start of the half were intent on damage limitation. That said Janes had a couple of chances both times being put through by Maisie Gibb and when on 62 minutes Jody Coombes scored Direct from a free kick it was arguably game over for Diamonds. But with their pacy forwards they were certainly not done and on 68 minutes they got a goal back through Jordan Langston and the same player ten minutes later scored the visitors third goal. And that was the way it stayed with Angels seeing out the game in relative safety but credit Diamond for making a game of it and never throwing in the towel. They at least had the consolation of ‘winning’ the second half.

Angels were good value for their win with some of their passing and movement off the ball a credit to the players and their management team. Said Manager, Dan Couldridge afterwards : “The bigger pitch suited our style of play and what particularly pleased us was the improvement in our aerial play which we’ve worked on hard over the last few weeks.”

Becky Janes

Player of the Match

Becky Janes

Key moments

1:00
Goal Becky Janes scores for Tonbridge Angels
6:00
Goal Goal for Diamond United
8:00
Goal Becky Janes scores for Tonbridge Angels
11:00
Goal Becky Janes scores for Tonbridge Angels
30:00
Goal Megan Akehurst scores for Tonbridge Angels
45:01
Scored Penalty Kelly Moran scores a penalty for Tonbridge Angels
45:02
Goal Becky Janes scores for Tonbridge Angels
61:00
Goal Jodie Coombes scores for Tonbridge Angels
64:00
Goal Goal for Diamond United
78:00
Goal Goal for Diamond United

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Becky Janes is awarded player of the match for Tonbridge Angels
85:00 Sub On
Alex Weston is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
85:00 Sub Off
Becky Jarvis is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
85:00 Sub On
Flo Anastasiou is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
85:00 Sub Off
Helena Fothergill is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
78:00 Goal 7 - 3
Goal for Diamond United
78:00 Sub On
Lauryn Underhill is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
78:00 Sub Off
Kelly Moran is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
73:00 Sub Off
Becky Janes is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
73:00 Sub On
Megan Akehurst is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
65:00 Sub Off
Alex Weston is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
65:00 Sub On
Courtney Smith is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
64:00 Goal 7 - 2
Goal for Diamond United
61:00 Goal 7 - 1
Jodie Coombes scores for Tonbridge Angels
61:00 Assist
Chaz Coulter makes an assist for Tonbridge Angels
45:02 Assist
Kelly Moran makes an assist for Tonbridge Angels
45:02 Goal 6 - 1
Becky Janes scores for Tonbridge Angels
45:01 Assist
Becky Jarvis makes an assist for Tonbridge Angels
45:01 Scored Penalty 5 - 1
Kelly Moran scores a penalty for Tonbridge Angels
45:00 Sub On
Leanne Foster is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
45:00 Sub On
Jodie Coombes is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
45:00 Sub Off
Megan Akehurst is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
45:00 Sub Off
Flo Anastasiou is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
End of period 1
41:00 Sub Off
Nancy Syrett is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
41:00 Sub On
Chaz Coulter is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
38:00 Sub On
Maisie Gibb is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
38:00 Sub Off
Courtney Smith is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
30:00 Assist
Becky Janes makes an assist for Tonbridge Angels
30:00 Goal 4 - 1
Megan Akehurst scores for Tonbridge Angels
24:00 Sub Off
Lauryn Underhill is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
24:00 Sub On
Becky Jarvis is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
11:00 Assist
Nancy Syrett makes an assist for Tonbridge Angels
11:00 Goal 3 - 1
Becky Janes scores for Tonbridge Angels
8:00 Goal 2 - 1
Becky Janes scores for Tonbridge Angels
8:00 Assist
Megan Akehurst makes an assist for Tonbridge Angels
6:00 Goal 1 - 1
Goal for Diamond United
1:00 Goal 1 - 0
Becky Janes scores for Tonbridge Angels
1:00 Assist
Megan Akehurst makes an assist for Tonbridge Angels
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Tonbridge Angels
  • Diamond United
  • 0
  • Becky Janes Goal 1:00'
  • Megan Akehurst Assist 1:00'
  • Goal 6:00'
  • Becky Janes Goal 8:00'
  • Megan Akehurst Assist 8:00'
  • Becky Janes Goal 11:00'
  • Nancy Syrett Assist 11:00'
  • Becky Jarvis Sub On 24:00'
  • Lauryn Underhill Sub Off 24:00'
  • Megan Akehurst Goal 30:00'
  • Becky Janes Assist 30:00'
  • Maisie Gibb Sub On 38:00'
  • Courtney Smith Sub Off 38:00'
  • Chaz Coulter Sub On 41:00'
  • Nancy Syrett Sub Off 41:00'
  • Leanne Foster Sub On 45:00'
  • Flo Anastasiou Sub Off 45:00'
  • Megan Akehurst Sub Off 45:00'
  • Jodie Coombes Sub On 45:00'
  • Kelly Moran Scored Penalty 45:01'
  • Becky Jarvis Assist 45:01'
  • Becky Janes Goal 45:02'
  • Kelly Moran Assist 45:02'
  • Jodie Coombes Goal 61:00'
  • Chaz Coulter Assist 61:00'
  • Goal 64:00'
  • Alex Weston Sub Off 65:00'
  • Courtney Smith Sub On 65:00'
  • Megan Akehurst Sub On 73:00'
  • Becky Janes Sub Off 73:00'
  • Kelly Moran Sub Off 78:00'
  • Lauryn Underhill Sub On 78:00'
  • Goal 78:00'
  • Helena Fothergill Sub Off 85:00'
  • Flo Anastasiou Sub On 85:00'
  • Becky Jarvis Sub Off 85:00'
  • Alex Weston Sub On 85:00'

Team selection

Wright, Samantha Wright, Samantha
Anastasiou, Flo Anastasiou, Flo
Lyons, Sharon Lyons, Sharon
Smith, Courtney Smith, Courtney
Fothergill, Helena Fothergill, Helena
Syrett, Nancy Syrett, Nancy
Underhill, Lauryn Underhill, Lauryn
Moran, Kelly Moran, Kelly
Akehurst, Megan Akehurst, Megan
Janes, Becky Janes, Becky
Weston, Alex Weston, Alex

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