Women’s ECFA Premier Cup National Final – Worthing v Accrington
Final score 4-3
Player of match – everyone, real team effort star team rather than a team of stars.
On a beautiful sunny day, Worthing College arrived at St Andrews, Birmingham City’s home ground, in the ECFA National Cup Final to face last year’s beaten finalists Accrington College. A perfect playing surface bode well for a great game, which didn’t disappoint.
Worthing started well, showing signs of playing some great football. Worthing set up 4-3-3 in the first half, and it became apparent that the Accrington keeper was there to be lobbed. On the 12th minute, a long goal kick found Annie Rolfe on the edge of the area and looking up, she recognised the keeper was out of point and fired over her head into the net 1-0 Worthing. Twenty mins later, after Niamh was sub, some quick inter lay between Hayley and Annie found Hayley unmarked in the middle of the box 2-0 Worthing. Molly made an outstanding save to keep the game at 2-0, commanded her box and marshalled her defence well under pressure from Accrington until the 40th min when Accrington scored a lucky goal after the ball ricochet off one of the Worthing players. 2-1 Half time.
Start of the second half, Accrington came out all guns blazing and for a while Worthing were under attack. Molly made a number of good saves, and the Worthing girls worked tirelessly to keep them at bay. With Accrington pressing hard, this left gaps in their defence which Worthing exploited in the 82 min when Worthing broke and Annie found herself 1 on1, Annie turned beautifully and shot low into the bottom corner. On 85 min Worthing looked to have buried the game when a fast break saw the ball fed over the top to Sara , who picked her spot beautifully, and finished clinically 4-1 Worthing. Drama was about to unfold when 90 secs later the ball was in the back of the net at the other end. 4-2. On the 90th min, Accrington scored a well taken powerful shot, which gave Molly no chance 4-3. 6 mins of injury time, which seemed like 6hours, in which interestingly Worthing took control despite the pressing of Accrington.
A great game , played in the right spirit.
Well done girls and Amy Merricks
NATIONAL CHAMPIONS WORTHING COLLEGE