MATCH REPORT: Crawley Wasps reserves 3 Meridian 0

Rosanne Fine scored twice against Meridian.

A three-goal blast in the first 26 minutes saw Crawley Wasps’ reserves into the semi-finals of the South East Counties League Cup at the expense of Meridian on Sunday.

Danielle Boyd set Wasps on their way in the opening seconds, before Rosanne Fine’s spectacular double before the break.

Simon Pavey’s team will now meet either Chichester City Development or Worthing in the last four.

The result was an impressive one, given Meridian have lost just once in the league this season and eight of the same players were beaten 4-2 by the Chatham-based club in November.

This was a role reversal from the moment Danielle Boyd – one of the three changes – fired home from Fine’s ball after just 45 seconds.

It was not all one-way traffic – home goalkeeper Rachel Hillman had to make a good save to deny Meridian an equaliser – but two crackers from Fine, the reserves’ top scorer from 2015-16, stretched the lead.

First, she lashed in from distance after good work from Lauren Callaghan and Rebekah Dunt, and then hooked in from an acute angle to make it 3-0.

The second half was often a scrappy affair as the Ewhurst pitch – passed playable after a morning inspection – began to get sticky in the middle, but the game opened up later in the half.

Hillman produced two good saves, while Boyd tested the Meridian keeper, who later pulled off an outstanding block to deny Fine.

A couple of crazy, muddy goalmouth scrambles prevented Wasps from adding to their victory margin.

Wasps reserves: Hillman; Richards, Rippin, Bolton, Callaghan; Natalie Stephenson, Tibble; Boyd, Fine, Dunt; Clark. Subs: Terry, Lawrence.

Wasps’ Ladies development side were beaten 2-0 at Montpelier Villa. The games involving the first team and Under-16s were postponed.

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