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(AFC Bournemouth won 4-3 on penalties)
AFC Bournemouth progressed to earn a rematch against Southampton Women's FC in the Vitality FA Women's Cup after a penalty shootout win over Moneyfields in their First Qualifying Round tie.
The match ended 1-1 after a fiercely competitive encounter between Southern Region League Premier Division rivals and the Cherries edged the spot kicks 4-3.
The first half was a tight affair of few clear cut moments as the teams cancelled each other out and defences dominated. Cherries' Gemma Hillier had the first chance in the 8th minute, guiding a shot wide on Lauren Sayler's goal. Kim Whitcombe created Moneys' first opportunity with a right side corner on 19 minutes which found Kim Stenning for a close range header, well kept out by Bournemouth keeper Katie Scadding.
Bournemouth's were moving the ball with more confidence than the hosts but without threatening any real damage until first half added time when Molly Clark intercepted a loose clearance 20 yards from goal and lofted a first time shot over Sayler to give the visitors an interval lead.
Bournemouth resumed on the front foot and penned Moneys back for much of the early part of the second half. Clark's corner deliveries caused several dangerous moments and Sayler saved well from Cherries skipper Maisy Smith on 57 minutes. Hillier had another effort deflected wide and Clark had a couple of powerful shots from distance well held.
A double substitution gave Moneys new life and they started to find their attacking flair. The hosts forced Bournemouth back as spaces started to appear in a previously tight defence. It was no surprise when Paige Seeley fashioned the equaliser with run down the right and an inviting cross well finished by Whitcombe at the far post on 75 minutes.
The match ended in thrilling style as both teams sought to grab the honours. Both keeper made excellent saves, Sayler somehow turning wide a powerful shot from six yards out in the final minute to take the match to penalties.
Successful conversions by Katie Kingshott, Clark, Katelyn Wort and Hillier allied to a good save by Scadding gave Bournemouth the edge and sealed progress to the Second Qualifying Round, whilst Moneys went out on penalties for the second year in a row. Both teams played with great commitment and both should be strong contenders in the Southern Region League campaign ahead.
Moneyfields: Lauren Sayler, Mel Lawrence, Sokhara Goodall, Meghan McKeag, Emma Eldridge, Ellie Bloomfield, Kira Vallely, Kayleigh Tonks, Kim Stenning, Kim Whitcombe. Subs: Nicole Matthews, Zoe Paris, Hollie Agombar, Frankie Webster, Paige Seeley.
AFC Bournemouth: Katie Scadding, Abby Jones, Emma Davis, Rebecca Barron, Katelyn Wort, Maisy Smith, Rosie Eden, Katie Kingshott, Gemma Hillier, Molly Clark, Rebecca Miles. Subs: Helen Corbin, Lily Humes, Lucy Coalter, Ruth Topping, Terri Harvey, Larissa White.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Molly Clark finds herself up against Moneyfields duo Kira Vallely and Meghan McKeag
(middle) Maisy Smith slides in to tackle Kim Whitcombe
(bottom) Helen Corbin is held off by Emma Eldridge
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