MK Dons Ladies 1-0 Maidenhead United Ladies
Berks & Bucks FA County Women’s Senior Cup Final
Sunday 3rd April 2016
Kick off 18:00
Waterside Park, Thatcham
(Courtesy of MK Dons Twitter feed)
10 – A tense start with neither team creating a chance yet
14 – A corner from mk dons hits the post directly.
A second corner travels all the way through untouched
20 – Dons continue to dominate, as another corner is just headed in to the side netting at the back post
32 – As the rain pours down, the floodlights come on and dons continue to dominate.
34 – Leah Cudone is forced off and is replaced Andie Dickens.
37 – Sophie Watson makes way for Leah Cudone.
40 – First chance for Maidenhead is well defended by the dons, however from the resulting corner a far post header is put narrowly wide.
43 – A mistake from the dons back line, allows Maidenhead a chance which is well tipped round the post by Emma Kirby.
HALF TIME: spell of dominance from Maidenhead just before half time.
However the teams go in 0-0 a half time, with chances hard to come by.
47+2 Half Time 0-0
48 – Dons start the second half brightly, with two big chances one saved by the keeper, and one over the bar.
55 – Another free kick in a good position for dons is too high and misses everyone
56 – Emma Kirby makes a solid save and then distributes well to set up a Dons counter, but it comes to nothing
70 – BIG CHANCE!! Corner is swung in, but Vicky Holland puts the header over from under the bar! Huge chance.
82 – GOAL!!!!! 1-0 dons. Finally the dons take the lead!
A great ball by Leanna Doyle is headed back across goal by Andie Dickens!
88 – Dons seeing the game out well. Maidenhead do have a throw deep in the dons half…
90 – A Maidenhead corner whistles past everybody and goes out for a throw.
90+2 – BIG CHANCE! Right at the death, Maidenhead have a chance to take this to extra time, but the first time strike goes just wide.
90+3.5 Full Time 1-0
What promised to be a good game of football was almost turned on it’s head after half an hour when the heavens opened. The deluge continued as the players battled to keep their footing and it is credit to both sides that they managed to put on a good match in such atrocious conditions.
While many around her struggled on the near waterlogged pitch one player stood out as Charley Clarke put on a masterclass, controlling proceedings with a classy display. The match looked as if it was heading for a stalemate until the eightieth minute when the stand out quality moment of the game produced the only goal. Leanna Doyle refused to give up the chase, battled past her marker before providing the perfect cross for Andie Dickens to rise majestically at the far post to power her header home. It was a goal fitting of the occasion and it will be a small consolation to Maidenhead to lose to a goal of such quality on a night where the contest could easily have been settled by a slip or farcical goal.
Having retained the Cup the Dons players took full advantage of the wet, slippery conditions to perform a collective celebratory mud slide of epic proportions.
Half Time: 0-0
1-0 Andie Dickens (82 mins)
Full Time: 1-0
Note, roll on roll off substitutions.
MK Dons Ladies
1. Emma Kirby
2. Leanna Doyle
3. Sam Gillings
4. Charley Clarke
15. Claire Hollingsworth
6. Louise Naylor
7. Heather McDonnell
8. Charly Wright
9. Hannah Barrett (c)
10. Leah Cudone
11. Sophie Watson
12. Andie Dickens
14. Zoe Lander
17. Rosie Anderson
18. Charlotte Murphy
19. Vicky Holland
Maidenhead United Ladies
5. Alex Dover
10. Melissa Grace
4. Hannah Summers
3. Amber Marsh
13. Natalie Barnes
14. Jess Perkins
9. Amy Saunders (c)
11. Sarah Reid
12. Charlotte Chard
1. Rachel Panting
6. Deanna Peters
– Mark Bullock
– Tony Russell
– Andrew Bell
– Tom Walton