Early goal sends U15s on way to another cup

United U15s take tro­phy two weeks af­ter Dutch tri­umph

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Jon Batham tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

Hot on the heels of their suc­cess in Hol­land two weeks ago, goals from Kayleigh Cur­rivan and Katie Ack­er­man were enough to see off the chal­lenge of un­der­dogs Car­shal­ton Ath­letic in a game played at Ryman League side Mer­stham’s ground.

Cur­rivan set­tled early nerves with a typ­i­cally preda­tory closerange fin­ish, but it was a moment of magic from keeper Gra­cie Perkis just be­fore the in­ter­val which proved piv­otal to Den­ham’s tri­umph.

A glo­ri­ous 20-yard vol­ley ap­peared des­tined to be the equaliser for the Sur­rey side, only for Perkis to dive full length and some­how claw the ef­fort to safety.

In­spired by her keeper’s hero­ics, Ack­er­man then set­tled a game of few clear-cut chances with a stun­ning half vol­ley, laced in from fully 35 yards.

Den­ham’s tri­umphant squad con­sisted of Perkis, Gina Lee, An­nie Walsh Kodi Spencer, Ak­er­man, Char­lotte Par­rett, Reanna Isaacs, Ju­lia Thu­rauf, Yas­min Gar­cia, Katie Rid­ding­ton, Cur­rivan and Jess Stick­ley.

The subs (all used) were Mad­die Vil­day, Alketa Rragami and Chloe Smith.

The ladies’ firsts, mean­while, un­der­took their long­est jour­ney of the sea­son for their fi­nal away trip to Low­est­oft ladies, but the three­hour trek proved worth ev­ery minute as they re­turned 3-1 win­ners. They needed a stir­ring sec­ond-half fight-back to take the points af­ter trail­ing 1-0 at the break, an own goal putting them on level terms soon af­ter the restart.

Lau­ren Cox com­pleted the turn­around when she lobbed the on­rush­ing home keeper, a trick re­peated by Helen Capewell for the de­ci­sive third 20 min­utes from time.

The U14s also had the win­ning feel­ing af­ter Sha­nia Fo­ley’s brace set up a com­fort­able 3-0 win over sec­ond place Garston at The Den. Fo­ley also pres­surised the vis­i­tors into con­ced­ing an own goal in a player of the match per­for­mance, which leaves Den­ham level on points with their van­quished op­po­nents and with a game in hand.

Else­where, Char­lie Leigh Dixon’s hat-trick was enough to secure a 3-3 draw for the se­nior devel­op­ment squad at home to Clapham Re­serves. DEN­HAM United Ladies U15s laid hands on more sil­ver­ware this week af­ter be­ing crowned league cup win­ners.

n GLORY: Den­ham United Ladies U15s

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