Ashford Town (Middlesex) Ladies put an end to the Division 2 champions unbeaten run this season to earn a place in their first Capital Women’s Cup Final by beating Clapham United.
Clapham were favorites heading into this game, having boasted an impressive 100 per cent win record this season and comfortably lifting the Division 2 title last weekend.
Ashford began the game dominating possession and created plenty of chances that saw them hit the post, have two goals ruled out for offside before a thunderous free kick from Vicky James hit the cross bar.
It was the visitors however who took the lead from a corner in the nineteenth minute
Lauren Restel was called into action a few times producing a string of fine saves but five minutes later it was the in-form Ashley Cheatley who rounded the goalkeeper to send the sides in level at half time.
Ashford returned from the break and were determined to make their missed opportunities count.
Five minutes into the second half Cheatley latched onto a corner to put Ashford ahead for the first time in the game.
James and Claire Samuels were brilliant in the middle of the pitch and James got her reward shortly after, having missed opportunities by very thin margins.
James latched onto a through pass form Samuels before driving forward and firing in shot, which took a slight deflection to wrong foot the goalkeeper.
If anyone thought there was a touch of misfortune for the third goal, there was no arguments with the one that came next. A free kick struck from distance by James looped over the goalkeeper to put Ashford 4-1 up.
Amy O’Sullivan came on to the field to the grab her first goal of the game before Cheatley got her hatrick to take her tally to 60 goals for the season.
This 6-1 victory sends Ashford Ladies through to the cup Final which is due to be played next month. Time & venue TBC.
The next Cup adventure for Ashford Ladies sees the tangerines face Regents Park at The Robert Parker Stadium on 3rd April 2016 – we look forward to your support again!
LINE UP: L Restel, J Boyd, A Luzar, J Harker, L Huse, I Smith, T Prior, V James, C Samuels, A Cheatley, L Neufville
SUBS: P Pantlin, A O’Sullivan, C McGregor, B Sheehan
Player of the Match – V James