United im­press record crowd in FA Cup rout

Scores of fans watch home side knock out Ip­swich

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A RECORD 200 spec­ta­tors watched Den­ham United knock out Ip­swich Town Ladies in their Women’s FA Cup game back at The Den on Sun­day.

Strict ground grad­ing has meant the first team have had to play home games at Hilling­don Bor­ough’s Mid­dle­sex Sta­dium since be­ing pro­moted three years ago, but build­ing new chang­ing rooms has al­lowed them to move back home.

Hav­ing played a cou­ple of league games back there, the Den­ham girls bagged four spec­tac­u­lar goals to mark the re­turn of cup foot­ball to The Den, to win the third qual­i­fy­ing round tie 4-1.

Alissa Down and Re­becca French grabbed two each, but ev­ery player played their part in a fine team per­for­mance, right back to keeper Lizzie Rose, who pulled off some great saves in­clud­ing a fin­ger­tip stop from a free kick which was head­ing for the top cor­ner.

In the fourth and fi­nal qual­i­fy­ing round, they will once more face AFC Wim­ble­don, a team pre­vi­ously un­beaten who, three days be­fore the cup game, Den­ham also beat 4-1 in a sea­son’s best league per­for­mance. Nat Mur­ray, Aimee Durn, Jeta By­tyqi and Jenny Ban­field grabbed the goals.

An­other pre­vi­ously un­beaten team dis­patched by Den­ham was QPR, who were put to the sword 5-2 by the U16s, although the game was in the bal­ance un­til the last 15 min­utes. Twice Yas­min Gar­cia put Den­ham in front, but twice QPR came back, and it was only three goals in a crazy five minute spell near the end which sep­a­rated the teams.

So­phie Hud­son and Claire Weiner both scored their first goals for the club, while Jes­sica Stick­ley ar­rowed a spec­tac­u­lar cross-shot into the top cor­ner. Stick­ley and Gar­cia were named joint play­ers of the match.

Alisha Ba­jwa, Ni­amh Reynolds, Lil­lie Martin and Ni­cole Leys shared the goals, while Eloise War­ing was player of the match as the U15s beat Kinja 7-0, while Melissa Asavoaie scored the only goal of the game for the U14s at Wel­wyn Gar­den City, where So­phie Rear­don was star player.

Two goals from Mad­die John­son Tay­lor, fol­lowed by fur­ther strikes by Chloe Beck­with, Safia Choudhry, El­lie Done­gan and Jess Weather­son, saw the U12s beat Garston 6-1, while the U11 Pu­mas and Wild­cats beat Ruis­lip Rangers and Meadow Sports re­spec­tively, with Jess Poul­ton, Phoebe Smith, Mad­die Perry, Paige Holie, El­lie Trigg, Lola Al­men­dros and Beckie Cur­rivan all amongst the goals.

n FAN ZONE: (Above) The crowd to watch Den­ham United; (right) the team cel­e­brate vic­tory; (far right) Den­ham United

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