Capital Womens Junior Cup 
January 17, 2016, 1:00 pm
Wealdstone Ladies FC
4 - 5
Clapham Kicks 1st

Match Report

Cup action for the reserves this week, a rearranged fixture to be played at Brunel. Fifteen were available after the 1st team fixture cancellation, and goals were on the the cards after the previous two encounters between the sides produced 17 goals. Straight out the traps the Stones took an early lead. Savana collected the ball outside the area before bearing down on goal, making no mistake she slotted home 1-0 Wealdstone. Clapham initially shell shocked soon settled into the game and started to created chances of their own. Amanda and the back four contained them but an equaliser was coming. Clapham sure enough drew level after 15mins with a well worked goal, and then added another two goals in quick succession to leave us 1-3 in arrears 30mins played. Defending well the visitors looked in control until we upped the tempo and made a game of it. Savana and Rebecca grabbed the goals, the last coming on the stroke of half time 3-3 halftime. Momentum once again with us we pushed forward after the break. Playing some attacking football we went close through Calleigh (saved well) and Ginge who rifled one effort just wide but Clapham held firm. Our task then escalated with Clapham going in front from a corner (unmarked header) and poor defending gifted them a fifth 3-5 we trailed 65 mins. Feeling sorry for ourselves we struggled to get back into the game. Clapham targeted Savana for special attention, which unsettled her and we took issue with the official who offered little protection. Despite this the ladies kept going, eventually showing character and grit. They reduced the deficit in the 85 minute through Rebecca (good finish) 4-5 and went for the juggler in the dying minutes. Ocean had a chance late on which she blasted high and wide, and Savanna was unlucky not to be awarded at least one of her penalty appeals in the final seconds. A close call today but to be fair we lost the game just after the break. Concentration went awol for a 20 minute period and as a result the game slipped away. Consistency is something we crave as a team, and we must defend better for ninety minutes if we are to improve. None the less by no means the white wash Clapham inflicted on us pre-Christmas and we wish them well in the future rounds.           Rebecca x2 Savanna x2