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Cup success for Falmouth
 Women's Football News 26 Apr 2010
Cup success for Falmouth - 26 Apr 2010 - Women's Football NewsFalmouth Town won the South West League's Bristol Soccerworld Cup at the first attempt as an excellent team performance carried them to a 3-0 victory over Marjons Old Suttonians at Taunton.
Two goals from leading goalscorer Katie Barker and a wonder strike from Naomi Blight killed off the resistance of a dogged Old Suttonians side who kept themselves in the game until the later stages.
Old Suttonians started the game well and enjoyed much possession during the opening stages without really threatening the Falmouth goal. The first attempt on goal in fact came at the other end as Katie Barker dragged a shot wide from the edge of the area.
Kerry-Ann Moxham was looking particularly lively down the right for Falmouth and one good run and cross was dealt with by Rachel Cain in the Old Suttonians goal. Barker was just over with an angled chip and Cain did well to save a Julie Lawrence free kick which had narrowly evaded the oncoming Sasha Sparkes. Moments later, Sasha Sparkes found the net with a well struck shot but her effort was ruled out for a foul on Jodie Nicholls.
Old Suttonians hit back with Claire Thomas producing a 30-yard shot which was just too high but Falmouth made the breakthrough six minutes before half time. Helena Calfe's through ball released Barker who rounded the oncoming Cain before coolly tucking the ball home for the opening goal.
Old Suttonians responded well to the setback and sought an equaliser before the break. It almost came as a corner was half cleared as far as Laura Plant who drilled a low 20-yard shot through a crowd of players but Lisa Harris pulled off a fine save before reacting well to claw the ball away to prevent Lauren Hewings scoring from the rebound.
Lauren Wellinger almost levelled the scores when dispossessing Lawrence and taking the ball past Amy Hemingway but she put her shot wide and, despite the promptings of Plant and Thomas in the Old Suttonians midfield, Falmouth took their one goal lead into the interval.
The second half started in the same way as the first, with Old Suttonians starting well but Falmouth began to assume control once more.
Barker did get the ball in the net but was penalised for handball and Sarah Winn miscued an effort wide from the edge of the area. Barker again went close with a strike from the edge of the area as the Cornish side continued to threaten a second goal.
Lawrence and Naomi Blight began to dominate matters in the Falmouth midfield but Old Suttonians stood firm and goalkeeper Cain's handling was excellent under pressure. Falmouth did have a third goal ruled out, this time for offside as Sasha Sparkes turned home Calfe's low cross.
Old Suttonians tried to push forward with Wellinger working hard up front but Falmouth looked strong at the back and the impressive Smara Sparkes dealt with any danger, supported by Hemingway and Emma Horworth, resulting in their goal being well protected.
With nine minutes remaining, Falmouth took a firm grip on the game and in spectacular style. Trying her luck from fully 35 yards, Blight unleashed a superb dipping shot which gave Cain no chance to double their lead.
A valiant Old Suttonians tried to hit back but injuries and tiredness began to take its toll and Falmouth sensed more goals. Barker was unsurprisingly at the heart of this and she made a good run through on goal before being denied by a fine smothering save from Cain.
Barker put the result beyond doubt as she scored her second goal, drilling a firm low shot into the corner of the net from the edge of the area.
As the game went into injury time, Blight almost repeated her goal with a similar strike which this time hit the top of the bar. The unlucky Sasha Sparkes also crashed a shot against the bar from 25 yards but Falmouth's celebrations soon began as they lifted the first trophy of a potential League and Cup 'double'.
Falmouth Town: Lisa Harris, Smara Sparkes, Kerry-Ann Moxham, Emma Horworth, Amy Hemingway, Sarah Winn (sub Claire Steer 86mins), Helena Calfe (sub Becky Hall 75mins), Naomi Blight, Sasha Sparkes, Katie Barker, Julie Lawrence.
Marjons Old Suttonians: Rachel Cain, Laura Plant, Lou Chaves, Kelly Nicholls, Becky Parkyn, Clare Thomas, Tracy Beards, Lauren Wallinger, Jodie Newark, Jodie Nicholls, Lauren Hewings (sub Kerry King 69mins).

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