Sun 09
Haringay Borough LFC
First Team
J Lewry (21'), C Khassal (35'), (62'), C Dowdell (57'), R Barron (70'), J Widdows (76'), C Wilson-Blakely (87'), (91')
Haringey Borough Ladies 2 - 8 Chichester City Ladies

Haringey Borough Ladies 2 - 8 Chichester City Ladies

By Caroline Henry Evans
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Cup journey begins with a bang for Chichester

Chichester City Ladies embarked on a new FA Cup campaign, this week, with a potentially tough away tie at Haringey Ladies but with confidence high in all departments and manager, Liam Greenfield, able to field a very strong squad for the trip.

Chichester started quickly, at Coles Park, and made an early statement of intent when Jade Widdowson left fly from distance and was only just wide of the mark. Both teams were quick to try and establish width in their play and the match was certainly open and entertaining as the half push on. Sadly, and against the run of the play, Haringey edged in front just before the quarter hour through the dangerous Anais Reynolds. Chichester failed to deal effectively deal with a free kick and when a weak clearance dropped to the feet of Reynolds she turned quickly and fired low and with pin point accuracy into the bottom corner passed the despairing dive of Sally-Anne Thompson.

Chichester needed to react and it wasn’t long before parity was restored and Jess Lewry supplied the goods with a superb volley following a dangerous, and long, throw from Lauren Cheshire. The turn and volley was sensational and the vociferous travelling support duly showed their delight from the stands. Just after the half hour Chichester were finally in front for the first time in the match through the redoubtable Cherelle Khassal. Khassal picked up the ball near the half way line and drove at the heart of the Haringey defence. With players backing off at will the in from striker unleashed a thunderbolt, from nearly thirty yards that went like a rocket into the top corner with keeper Cherkish Young unable to do a thing about it.

Into the second half and Chichester went in search of more goals to try and end the tie as a contest. Near the hour mark, Chloe Dowdell got her name on the score sheet to give Chichester the important two goal cushion they craved. Although the so named dubious goal decision panel might have had something to say about it the goal was credited to Dowdell when her curling effort caused chaos at the far post and the ball was, surely, adjudged to have crossed the line before the home side could affect any clearance. Next Khassal benefited from a woeful pass to storm through on goal and easily Young, although at the second attempt following a good first save, to almost end the tie as a contest but Haringey weren’t done yet. They continued to battle hard and Chichester needed to be at their best to maintain their control of the tie, but, the hosts did find a way through with just over a quarter of the match still to run. This time Klesha Darroux appeared, unchecked, at the far post to slam in a well flighted free kick from Jaidene Browne.

Chichester came back from this knock very quickly and certainly they did. We had a real moment of déjà voux for the next strike which was sublimely taken by captain, Becky Barron. As happened last week, Lucie Challen was upended to the left of the penalty area

and Barron produced another wonderful free kick to score into the far corner, despite best efforts of Haringey defenders. Next, Jade Widdows came on and, with her first touch, hammered the ball into the roof of the net thanks to a well directed header into the danger area, by Widdowson, from a corner.

With Haringey heads dropping, Chichester looked to hammer home their advantage and step up substitute Charley Wilson to grab her first goals for the club since recently joining the green army. Both strikes epitomized her quality as a striker, using both strength and guile to bring about the perfect finish to help Chichester end the tie with a perfect eight on the score board. Chichester move on to the next qualifying round and an intriguing home tie against Keynsham Town Ladies, whom Chichester know well from the league, so hope will be high that a long cup campaign may just be beginning.

Written by Alan Price

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Sun 09, Oct 2016