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Hampshire clinched the South & West Counties Under-18 Championship for the fourth time in five years with a 4-1 win over Somerset in the Final at Christchurch.
Somerset started brightly and forced Hampshire onto the back foot but could not register a goal. Hampshire became more involved and took the lead after 11 minutes as Somerset failed to clear a cross, giving Molly Clark the chance to head home the opener.
After 23 minutes, Hampshire went further ahead when Clark slotted in her second following a lightning break down the left flank and an inch perfect cross by Jen Osman. Play was then even for the rest of the half and a free kick gave Somerset the chance to score but Helen Bleazard's effort was charged down by the Hampshire wall.
In the second half, Somerset again started well and were rewarded with a goal just before the hour mark. A back pass bounced off the Hampshire goalkeeper and into the path of Bleazard who slotted home the rebound.
Hampshire found the net shortly afterwards but the 'goal' was disallowed, however a minute later Osman was put through, full of acceleration, and was able to shoot past the Somerset keeper to put Hampshire 3-1 up.
In time added on, Hampshire netted their fourth when Jo Morris volleyed home through a melee of players to complete a deserved victory.
After the match, Somerset's Amy Edwards was presented with a special award for her 15th appearance for her county.
(Report by Jim Pearcy)
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