June 19 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Activate 1, Exmouth Amateurs 2
Ammies Ladies brushed aside any rustiness from a four-week lay-off and produced a fine all-round show to move into the last four of the County Cup.
The game was one of few chances, this down very much to two well-balanced mid-fields and a couple of organised defences.
Activate forced a series of early corners and from one Ammies keeper Rose made a smart save down to her right.
She also bravely spread herself at the feet of the centre forward to deny another opportunity.
At the other end Ammies were looking good on the break with both Wills and Worsley having the measure of their respective full-backs. However, despite the pair getting in a succession of crosses, the final touch went begging.
Ammies fell behind after 35 minutes when a long ball into their area was initially headed clear only to fall invitingly to the feet of a home player who made no mistake with a powerful shot from 25-yards.
Ammies responded well with first Steele and then Worsley firing wide. They also had strong appeals for a penalty turned away and half-time arrived with the one goal separating the teams.
A change at the break saw Ammies come out with a 4/4/2 formation with wingers Wills and Worsley swapping flanks.
The changes made a difference with Worsley twice cutting inside to force saves from the home keeper.
With Ammies back four looking solid it meant the midfield duo Sharpe and Rawlings were able to push further forward in support of strike pairing Steele and Hawkins.
The equaliser arrived in the 70th minute with Rawlings taking a quick free-kick that resulted in Worsley finding room on the edge of the box to curl a shot beyond the keeper.
The industrious Rowe moved out wide to allow Wills to play through the middle and the hosts, noticeably worried about the Wills pace, dropped deeper and deeper. It was Wills who created the winner as she drove at the Activate defence before passing to Worsley who promptly stepped inside the full back before unleashing a dipping shot over the keeper for a stunning winner!
Ammies then had to withstand a final onslaught from the home side, but as they had done all afternoon, defended superbly to see out the game and move deservedly into the semi-final.