(Ladies) League Cup Final

Ashford Ladies 8  –  4 Godalming Town Ladies 

 It was another day better suited to lounging on the beach rather than football when the G’s ladies met Ashford, yet again, to compete for the League Cup Final at Bedfont SC. It turned out to be a crazy game.

The G’s were without their influential striker Toni West and several other regulars including Ella Chandler, Terri Brown, Charlotte Benson and Jo Harford. The good news was that Steph Le was named on the bench after a very long lay-off for a bad ankle injury and Kim Ketchell returned in goal.

Apart from a shot from Becky Monroe 10 minutes into the game that brought a great save from the Ashford keeper tipping the ball onto the bar and then over, the G’s started rather slowly and were forced to defend. After a miss-hit clearance and a bit of a mix-up in the middle of the G’s defence Ashford latched onto the ball and scored their first goal.

A second Ashford goal followed not long after and when a third came after 25 minutes from a ball that was spinning and seemed to deceive Kim Ketchell with its bounce. It seemed that it could be a long afternoon for the G’s as Ashford seemed to threaten every time they got forward. Steve and Darren made a change and brought on Steph Le for Hester Benham.

But, then after a good run down the right, the ball was played square into the area where Megan Vincer put the chance away well to give the Gs a glimmer of hope before half time. We have seen the G’s Ladies come back before, but they would need to get some breaks soon if they were to cut the deficit.

The G’s won a free kick on the left played into the box well by Loz Carnell. There was a bit of a scramble and the ball came back to Steph Le who threaded the ball through a crowd of bodies to Tamara Sidwell who got away a powerful shot, but it flew tantalisingly over the bar from close range. Had that gone in who knows what might have happened.

HT Ashford (Middx) Town 3-1 Godalming Town 

At the start of the second half it was clear that the next goal would be important. No one would have thought there were another 8 goals to come!

The next goal came from Ashford, 4-1 to them, but the G’s came back and put the Ashford defence under pressure and hit the post twice during a volley of shots, which were then cleared, before Ellen Thomas then hit a long range shot that cleared the Ashford keeper for the Gs second goal. Score now 4 -2 to Ashford. But straight after that Ashford scored again taking the score to 5 -2.

The G’s then cut the deficit back to two goals with a goal from Tamara Sidwell only to see Ashford cancel it out straight after. 3 – 6.  Becky Bloor then got a fourth for the G’s having made her way past a string of defenders. 4 – 6.

But with the Gs pressing to score they were open at the back and Ashford again scored 4 – 7. Becky Munroe was brought back, at right back and did some good chasing and tackling before in the closing minutes of this crazy game Ashford scored their eighth after a clash with the G’s keeper took her out and the ball ran free.

All credit to Ashford who were the better team on the day, but credit also to the Gs Ladies who never gave up the chase.

It has been a terrific season again for the GTFC Ladies gaining promotion yet again and I am sure we will see them well supported again next season although they will be without Megan Vincer who I believe is going to the States. She has been instrumental in providing so many good crosses and corners on top of a good number of goals and her defensive game has been outstanding. It will be difficult for Steve and Darren to find a replacement to match her. But I am sure the supporters will join her team mates in wishing her well.

Another exciting season for the ladies to look forward to next year.