Somerset County Women’s League Cup: Woodspring Women 3, Wellington Ladies 3 (Woodspring win 2-0 on penalties)
This quarter-final tie showcased our Ladies’ fighting spirit – a highly contested match, going all the way to extra-time before the heartbreak of losing on penalties.
Manager Nyima Touray put out a different formation with a 4-2-4 line-up in an attempt to flood the attack and create chances after spells of playing 4-2-3-1 without much luck.
The Tangerines took a while to settle into this formation, seeing Woodspring take the lead after ten minutes before Chan Tremeer had to come off due to injury.
Wellington came back into the game to equalise when a ball from Sara Yeatman found Chan Bowles’ feet to equalise.
From this new-found confidence another goal was placed in the Woodspring net by Bowle 20 minutes later, this time assisted by striker Ash Grabham-White.
With a couple of changes maintaining the tempo, a ball from centre back Touray found Tash Hole’s feet who passed to Grabham-White to net the team’s third goal.
Wellington looked certain of the win when Woodspring suddenly scored their second on 89 minutes.
They were back in the game and scored a third, equalising in the fifth minute of injury-time.
In extra-time, Wellington tried to get another goal but Woodspring were also determined and fought off the visitors’ advances leading to it staying at 3-3 until the end.
Wellington kickstarted the penalty shootout with Grabham-White placing the ball straight to the keeper’s hands but Tangerines’ keeper Hannah Worth was also able to save the oppoonents’ first shot.
Sara Yeatman, Wellington’s player-of-the match was up next but again her kick went straight to the keeper’s hands.
Aimee James stepped up and again the keeper saved and, although she had to retake her shot as the referee had not blown his whistle, she hit the bar from her second attempt.
With the fourth spot kick and Woodspring already holding a two-goal lead, Hole was denied the back of the net as her shot hit the post and bounced back out, leaving Woodspring the winners and into the semi-finals.
Player-of-the-match: Sara Yeatman
Overall, it’s been a tough season for the Ladies coming into Division One.
Although the competition has been incredibly challenging, the team played the best they could and have certainly been tough opposition for the other teams.
Nyima would like to thank all the players and coaches who have been a part of the Ladies in recent seasons and also to wish those embarking on new adventures the best of luck.
The Ladies now look forward to recruiting some new faces ready for pre-season so if you are an ex-player looking to get back into playing or you have never played before, please get in touch with Nyima on 07745 847693 or via the team’s Facebook page – CLICK HERE.