Crawley Wasps 6 – Mile Oak Wanderers 1
Crawley Wasps produced an almost perfect performance, clinically taking apart a strong Mile Oak team in this Sussex FA Girls U14 Challenge Cup Final. Wasps made their intentions clear from the start when Yasmin Church burst through the Mile Oak defence in the opening minute only to see her shot cannon back off the post. Poppy Nicholls and Church then took a grip on the game for Wasps controlling midfield as Wasps dominated possession and on 8 minutes Church fed Nicholls who in turn played in Chanelle Gainsford who fired into the top corner. With Captain Eleanor Keegan marshalling her defence, full backs Elle Ratcliffe and Emily Tilford-Carey kept the physical Mile Oak attack at bay and frequently started the passing moves for Wasps one of which saw a second goal disallowed for Gainsford and Yasmin Church burst through, this time to strike the other post. Amy Perry was a constant threat and her work rate was almost rewarded when she fed Gainsford down the left and then met Gainsford’s cross with a powerful header that just missed the top corner. Just before half time it was Nicholls that ensured Wasps went in two up when her 30 yard drive crashed in off the underside of the bar.
Wasps started the second half as they left the first and after 7 minutes Erin Porter exchanged a neat one two with Perry before lashing in Wasps third. Five minutes later it was Wasps keeper Lauren Graves demonstrating why she keeps so many clean sheets with a fantastic one handed save to keep out a Mile Oak penalty. Church and Perry then combined for Church to fire a against the far post just before Church returned the favour for Perry to bundle over the line for Wasps fourth. On 68 minutes Church saw her long range effort crash back of the post, only for Perry to be on hand to tuck away the rebound for Wasps fifth. In extra time Chloe Wallage chased down a long ball before squaring for Macy Watts to score Wasps sixth.
Wasps: Lauren Graves, Emily Tilford-Carey, Elle Ratcliffe, Eleanor Keegan, Yasmin Church, Poppy Nicholls, Chanelle Gainsford, Amy Perry, Alana Delaney, Erin Porter, Olivia Mullan, Macy Watts, Chloe Wallage, Chloe Upton