Crawley Wasps Under-16s held their nerve to beat Newhaven on penalties in the Sussex Girls League Cup on Sunday.
After a goalless first half, the introduction of Topaz Luxford breathed fresh life into the Wasps attack and she gave the visitors the lead on the hour mark after a great ball in from Lily Beckett.
Newhaven responded though with an equaliser and neither side could find the breakthrough in normal or extra time, sending the game to penalties.
Wasps won the shootout 3-1 to go into a tie against Eastbourne Girls in the next round. Goalkeeper Feitong Wilde was the Basepoint Player of the Match.
Wasps Under-15s, who are playing in a boys’ league this season to give them a proper test following two unbeaten seasons, were again on the wrong end of a heavy defeat, this time to Withdean, although continued to show promising signs of development. Goalkeeper Lauren Graves was in superb form once more.
The Under-12s were also beaten by Withdean, 13-2, but were without a recognised goalkeeper due to injury. Ashleigh Woodhams scored both goals.
Meanwhile, the Ladies’ reserves lost 4-1 at Parkwood Rangers in the South East Counties League.
Unable to name any substitutes due to unavailability, they were hampered by going to 10 men due to Amy Clark’s injury.
Parkwood took the lead on 35 minutes but Shinih Tuazon equalised in the second half.
However, the home side – who went top of the division with this win – overpowered the short-handed Wasps.
Josie Porter was named the Thales Player of the Match but Carys Dunn and goalkeeper Hope Laker were also excellent.