Godalming Town Ladies 1 – 1 Islington Borough Ladies (League Cup)
(Godalming go through 4-2 on penalties)
The Godalming Ladies were without a few of their established players for this League Cup semi-final encounter including goal keeper Terri Brown who was unavailable. So, the diminutive Lilly Clarke, who had only appeared once for the development squad, was called upon to make her debut for the first team.
The Gees did not have the best of starts when after only a few minutes Islington were awarded a free kick, which was played into the home teams penalty area just on the edge of the 6-yard box. One of the visitor’s forwards was running in at speed from the opposite wing, but she missed the ball and the bounce eluded the Gees keeper and the ball ended up in the net.
Islington had no clear chances on goal and were making themselves known to the Gees in their tackling and clearly had some good players in their midfield. But it was the Gees who slowly started to put pressure on their visitors although the final touch seemed to desert them.
Then Toni West was brought down inside the area after some good work and the ref pointed to the penalty spot. Becky Bloor stepped up and confidently put the ball away to level the score before half time.
The second half saw the home side continue to press, but despite a few good chances for Toni West and Becky Munroe, who was tireless as usual up front, it became clear that the game would be settled with a penalty shoot-out. Both Becky Bloor and Toni West were suffering on the pitch and so were subbed off only to be brought back for the final few minutes to be available to take penalties.
Becky Bloor again stepped up bravely to start the procedure and unusually put her shot just wide. If the Gees were to go through it would need some luck or something special from their keeper.
Lilly produced the goods with a good save, diving to her right. So, when one of the Islington players also missed the target, it was up to the Gees ladies to take their chances. They did just that and at the end Lilly was mobbed by her team mates as they celebrated making it to the final.
A good performance from the whole team and difficult to pick out anyone individual player. However for me Lauren Carnell was again superb dealing confidently with anything high into the Gees area towards the and delivering some great passes and free kicks.
On to the final against Ashford once again.