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In a weekend of Ebbsfleet United club celebrations, as the men's side won their FA trophy semi final, the Fleet ladies side didn't disappoint as they also won their Kent County Cup semi final on Sunday.
Unfortunately there is no place at Wembley for them, but a worthy trip to Sevenoaks FC to play Millwall Lionesses on Thursday 10th April, 7.30pm kick off following their 3-0 victory over Maidstone Town.
Extreme weather conditions played their part in a scrappy opening to the semi final against their lower league opponents. Maidstone seemed to have the majority of play in the opening 20 minutes, playing in Ebbsfleet's half but created no real opportunities to open the scoring as Fleet tried to adapt to the game finding it difficult to get a hold of the match.
After twenty minutes, Ebbsfleet finally settled into the match getting to grips with the weather conditions, a heavy pitch and the opposition. They finally started to dominate and after a good spell of play started to mount a threat on the Maidstone goal. It was during this spell that they opened the scoring as captain Kelly Philpott capitalised on a cross and finished convincingly passed the keeper on the half volley from close range.
This settled Ebbsfleet a little going into half time and after the break a different Fleet side came out - confident and assured, they dominated the match and played some good football. Although it was a somewhat 'wonder' goal that gave them their second as new signing, centre back Vicky Moore took a chance and hit the ball into the air towards goal from the halfway line, which bounced in front of the keeper, looped over her head and nestled into the net.
After this spell of play, Fleet created several more good chances and were unlucky on a couple of occasions, as when a Claire Gibbons header from a corner hit the crossbar. Maidstone were beaten at this stage but pushed towards the end with a few substitutions and a change of formation but they never really troubled Fleet keeper Faye Baker.
Striker Mel Bishop rounded off the afternoon with a clean strike from the edge of the box that left the keeper no chance and earned her side a 3-0 victory.
Ebbsfleet's Cup Final appearance will be their first since their formation and they are looking forward to playing higher league opposition in Millwall Lionesses. In the meantime, there is more for Fleet to play for as they are still in the hunt for the London & South East League title.
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