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Tonbridge Angels
Thamesview
M Akehurst (8', 108'), B Janes (120')
Full time
Unknown (86')
Thu 17 May 19:30 - Cup

Angels Ladies victorious in Kent Divisional Cup Final

Victory sealed in extra time

Angels Ladies in just their second season have won their first ever cup final in dramatic fashion against the champions of their league, Thamesview with the match being played at the Gallagher Stadium.

It was the team from the Medway area who made the more positive start with Angels keeper Sam Wright quickly called into action after just two minutes when she came quickly off her line to smother a through Thamesview ball and two minutes later Tonbridge's best player and captain Sharon Lyons showed the crowd just how good a defender she is in cutting out a dangerous opposition move.

Arguably, somewhat against the run of play Angels took the lead in the 7th minute. Centre forward Becky Janes was body checked on the edge of the area and Kelly Moran's free kick was converted by Megan Akehurst past Thamesview goalkeeper Bronwyn Allen. Stung by this setback, Thamesview made huge efforts to restore parity continually testing Wright and her fellow defenders. The Blue shirts however held form and just before half time might have added to their lead when Akehurst fed Becky Janes but the striker's shot was dealt with by Allen.

Angels would have been somewhat relieved to have heard the referees half time whistle and to go in for the break with their slender lead intact.

The second period was a much more even affair and on the hour mark Janes was presented with a huge chance to double the Angels advantage following heavy pressure on the Thamesview goal but the shot was skied over. The game ebbed and flowed with defences largely dominating proceedings and for all Thamesview's efforts it began to look as if the one goal for Tonbridge was going to be enough. However in the 85th minute Thamesview drew level through Lucy Stillworth following an uncharacteristic mix up in the Angels defence.

And so the game moved to extra time with all the players beginning to visibly tire and several starting to feel the effects of cramp. That rather put a dampener on the quality of play with neither side in the first period of extra time able to create any clear cut chances. In the 108th minute, however, Akehurst for the Angels somehow managed squeeze the ball past a couple of Thamesview defenders to give Tonbridge the advantage. This seemed to knock the confidence from Thamesview and from this point it appeared to be Tonbridge's cup to lose. Ten minutes later they were awarded a penalty with Janes stepping up for the spot kick which crashed against the crossbar and away to safety but she was to make amends in stoppage time with Thamesview now out on their feet by firing the ball into the net for Tonbridge's third goal and to seal a famous victory prompting wild celebrations.

These were two very evenly matched sides as their respective final positions (1st Thamesview, 2nd Tonbridge Angels) in the SECWFL Kent Division 1 would indicate, the crucial difference on the night being the shortage of substitutes for Thamesview making the exhaustion factor tell more readily than for their opponents.

Key moments

8:00
Goal Megan Akehurst scores for Tonbridge Angels
86:00
Goal Goal for Thamesview
90:00 +18:00
Goal Megan Akehurst scores for Tonbridge Angels
90:00 +30:00
Goal Becky Janes scores for Tonbridge Angels

Highlights

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90:00 +30:00 Assist
Megan Akehurst makes an assist for Tonbridge Angels
90:00 +30:00 Goal 3 - 1
Becky Janes scores for Tonbridge Angels
90:00 +18:00 Assist
Becky Janes makes an assist for Tonbridge Angels
90:00 +18:00 Goal 2 - 1
Megan Akehurst scores for Tonbridge Angels
90:00 Sub On
Leanne Foster is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
90:00 Sub Off
Helena Fothergill is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
90:00 Sub Off
Jodie Coombes is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
90:00 Sub On
Megan Akehurst is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
86:00 Goal 1 - 1
Goal for Thamesview
83:00 Sub On
Lauryn Underhill is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
83:00 Sub Off
Becky Jarvis is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
78:00 Sub On
Jodie Coombes is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
78:00 Sub Off
Megan Akehurst is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
78:00 Sub On
Nancy Syrett is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
78:00 Sub Off
Chaz Coulter is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
67:00 Sub On
Chaz Coulter is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
67:00 Sub Off
Lauryn Underhill is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
50:00 Sub Off
Maisie Gibb is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
50:00 Sub On
Becky Jarvis is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
End of period 1
45:00 +67:00 Sub Off
Nancy Syrett is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
45:00 +67:00 Sub On
Maisie Gibb is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
33:00 Sub On
Kelly Moran is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
33:00 Sub Off
Nancy Syrett is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
28:00 Sub Off
Kelly Moran is substituted off for Tonbridge Angels
28:00 Sub On
Alex Weston is substituted on for Tonbridge Angels
8:00 Goal 1 - 0
Megan Akehurst scores for Tonbridge Angels
8:00 Assist
Kelly Moran makes an assist for Tonbridge Angels
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As it happened

  • Tonbridge Angels
  • Thamesview
  • 0
  • Megan Akehurst Goal 8:00'
  • Kelly Moran Assist 8:00'
  • Kelly Moran Sub Off 28:00'
  • Alex Weston Sub On 28:00'
  • Nancy Syrett Sub Off 33:00'
  • Kelly Moran Sub On 33:00'
  • Nancy Syrett Sub Off 45:00 +67:00'
  • Maisie Gibb Sub On 45:00 +67:00'
  • Maisie Gibb Sub Off 50:00'
  • Becky Jarvis Sub On 50:00'
  • Lauryn Underhill Sub Off 67:00'
  • Chaz Coulter Sub On 67:00'
  • Jodie Coombes Sub On 78:00'
  • Chaz Coulter Sub Off 78:00'
  • Megan Akehurst Sub Off 78:00'
  • Nancy Syrett Sub On 78:00'
  • Lauryn Underhill Sub On 83:00'
  • Becky Jarvis Sub Off 83:00'
  • Goal 86:00'
  • Megan Akehurst Sub On 90:00'
  • Jodie Coombes Sub Off 90:00'
  • Helena Fothergill Sub Off 90:00'
  • Leanne Foster Sub On 90:00'
  • Becky Janes Assist 90:00 +18:00'
  • Megan Akehurst Goal 90:00 +18:00'
  • Becky Janes Goal 90:00 +30:00'
  • Megan Akehurst Assist 90:00 +30:00'

Team selection

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

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