Thu 13
First Team
Brighton and Hove Albion
H Wride (4'), A Shrubb (75'), (90')
Chichester City Ladies 3 - 0 Brighton and Hove Albion

Chichester City Ladies 3 - 0 Brighton and Hove Albion

By Caroline Henry Evans
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Ladies win the Sussex County Cup Final.

With a tactical session this week the players went into this game knowing the game plan that Manager Matt Wright wanted them to play and they took to the field ready to make club history.

In foggy conditions it looked at times that the game might be called off before it started but with the record amount of fans (381) flooding through the gates and visibility on the pitch matching the rules the game started.
Chichester started with two players in Kally Ambler and Lauren Cheshire up front who were willing runners and closed down the Brighton defence regularly to give them no time on the ball.

An early freekick was awarded to Chichester and Hollie Wride stepped up to find the roof of the net from outside the area giving the so called underdogs the lead 1-0. Chichester continued to work hard in midfield with veteran Kirsty Willett was hounding the Brighton players to win the ball back.

A change due to injury meant Lizzie Laws replaced Jade Widdowson in midfield and the holding midfielder was fantastic, stopping any long range shots and winning the ball in front of the back four. Left back Lucie Challen had the biggest problem in Brighton’s right winger but with the help of Jenna Fowlie the crosses were limited.

A great freekick into the box from Georgina Starkey just about made it into the Brighton keeper’s hands. A few corners for Brighton were cleared from the area and any long range efforts were collected by the outstanding captain Hannah McNamara in Chichester’s goal. Brighton did force McNamara to tip the ball over her bar with a long range effort but it was 1-0 at the break.

Chichester changed formation for the start of the second half when they packed out midfield and left one striker up top. This did mean that Brighton had a lot of possession of the football but Emma Alexandre and Taylor McGlashan were superb at the back together for the Chichester defence. Another masterclass in tactics meant the tired Kally Ambler was replaced by Abbey Shrubb, one of the best players to play a lone striker role. When Chichester had the ball Shrubb was willing to run the channels to help keep possession.

Brighton changed to three at the back in an attempt to get back into the game but this only helped Shrubb on the counter attack. On one occasion Shrubb broke down the right beat the Brighton centre back and unleashed a shot of world class into the left hand top corner from the right hand side of the pitch. The keeper stood no chance with her strike and Chichester were in dream land 2-0 up with 15 minutes to go.

The crowd inside Lancing FC was magnificent and this only helped the ladies to keep working hard and fight for every ball. With the 90 minutes on the clock Shrubb then won the ball back from Brighton, drove in to the box, rounded the keeper and tapped the ball into the empty net to make it 3-0 and send the cup into Chichester’s hands.

This was a magnificent achievement by all involved on and off the pitch. The players, the staff and the volunteers at the club are very proud to be part of Green Army history. Everyone at the club would like to thank the supporters for their help during the game and always.

The ladies are back to league action this Sunday at home to Larkhall Athletic at Oaklands Park, KO 2pm. If they can continue this good form and remain unbeaten the league is also as massive possibility this season.

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Thu 13, Mar 2014