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Cumberland FA re-introduced the Women's County Cup this season due to the development in the women's game over the past four seasons.
With the introduction of the Cumbria Women's League three years ago, Season 2010-11 saw ten women's teams playing in structured Leagues in the Women's Pyramid.
The Cumberland County Cup Final was hosted by Keswick FC, and was once again a fitting venue for a great game of football. With the setting being arguably the most picturesque in the county and possibly across the country with Skiddaw looking over it, the surface was also suited to the quality of football played.
The Final was played between Carlisle and Whitehaven and was the third meeting of the teams this season having previously met in the North West Women's League.
Once the Respect handshake was completed, the match kicked off at a fast pace. There were limited chances in the first half; with both teams cancelling out the threats to goal and it meant a stalemate at half time. It seemed both goalkeepers would need something special to beat them.
The second half was much the same, with the match even and free flowing. Carlisle took the lead through Sarah McCrea; a drop ball was played and looped over the goalkeeper. In the interests of fair play and the Respect programme, Whitehaven were then given the opportunity to equalise straight from the kick off via Megan Murdock following the nature of the first goal. With teams still even going into the last 20 minutes, both teams had chances to take the lead.
Carlisle midfielder Sarah McCrea read the flight of the ball from a clearance, controlled the ball and slid the ball past Sarah Scott in goal to get her second of the match to make it 2-1. With time running out, Whitehaven's Sharon Cameron ran onto a loose ball and shot from just outside the box to score the equaliser.
Neither team was waiting for extra time and pushed forward to find the decisive goal. Carlisle hit the bar and post but couldn't put the ball in the net. The referee blew for full time which meant another 30 minutes would be played to find the winner!
Extra time finished 2-2 with the goalkeepers keeping their teams in the tie. The match was decided on penalties and it was Whitehaven who were triumphant over 12 yards winning 3-1.
The presentation then followed with County Cup winners Whitehaven Ladies receiving the trophy.Cumberland FA would like to thank Keswick FC for their support in hosting the fixture, which was a great advert for the women's game.
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