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Headstone Manor recorded a historic win in the GLWFL Trophy final, the second match on Finals day.
As the only representatives on the day from 'North of the River', the Harrow-based team beat Comets by two goals to one in a really well fought encounter and win their first silverware in a twelve year run in the GLWFL.
Whilst both sides contributed fully to an entertaining match, the battle hinged on the efforts of the outstanding player on each team. Player of the match Sinead Walsh for Headstone scored two goals, went close on numerous other occasions and was a constant threat with her all action style of committing defenders and opening up space. For Comets, Courtney Bell weaved her magic from further out, scoring arguably the best goal of Finals day and going close to equalising late on.
It was Walsh who opened the scoring on seven minutes after a superb team passing move left her clear on goal for a precise low shot. Bell fired a shot just wide on 15 minutes but Walsh doubled the advantage on 26 minutes, again bursting clear before this time rounding the keeper for a close range finish.
Comets were always dangerous and Bell reduced the arrears on 37 minutes by beating two defenders as she ran across the edge of the area before firing a 20-yard effort high into the net for a stunning goal.
Headstone started the second half strongly and Walsh twice went close to restoring a two-goal cushion, firing over the bar on both occasions.
Both teams continued to battle hard but extremely fairly, with a very low foul count despite the competitive edge. Bell fired another long range effort just over and it was skipper Jade Doherty who lifted the Trophy after an enjoyable contest.
Comets, winners of this season's Capital Junior Cup for the first time a few weeks ago and runners-up in Division Two South behind all conquering Crystal Palace Development, have had a tremendous season but, on this occasion, they had to give way to another first time victor, Headstone Manor.
Headstone Manor: Elena Torroni, Lauren Gettey, Ujevara Breznica, Natalie Carter, Chantelle Dixon, Jade Doherty, Jemma Forey, Sydney Goodwin, Ruth Paterson, Samantha Read, Sinead Walsh. Subs: Katherine Tuohy, Hannah Windsor, Katy Ruddock.
Comets: Megan Wood, Adriane Bianchin, Ellie Crossley, Whitney Duvall, Michelle Keating, Kariel Parian, Rachel Soares, Jennifer Stuart, Tori Teeple, Elsa Wu, Courtney Bell. Subs: Siobhan Lavelle, Shona Power, Tina Smith, Jocelyn Soares, Ana Pirtac.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
(Photo by Will Cheshire)
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