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Slough Town Ladies through in league cup after dramatic penalty shoot-out victory

Chloe Hetherington

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Slough Town Ladies are through to the next round of the League Cup after winning a dramatic penalty shootout against Newbury Ladies Development on Sunday.

The Rebels shot out of the blocks and forced the Newbury keeper into a string of smart saves. But they could only be repelled for so long and, midway through the half, Shannon Daly spun away from a Newbury defender and played the ball through for Alice Heady who buried the ball into the bottom left-hand corner. 

The Newbury defence continued to come under the cosh but, thanks to some inspired goal-keeping, they managed to stay in touch with their hosts. 

Slough keeper Chloe Hetherington was called into action more as the game became stretched in the second half. 

The home side could have killed off the tie when Merreisha Waul went through on goal in the second half but, taking the strike on early, the ball rattled back off the post and Newbury survived. 

Then, six minutes from full-time, Newbury snatched an equaliser when the ball was toe-poked home by their striker after a goal-mouth scramble.

With Slough looking increasingly ragged, Newbury pressed for a winner and only a fine, fingertip save from Hetherington denied them. 

A dramatic turnaround then followed in the penalty shoot-out.

Slough missed their first two kicks, with Newbury bagging their first three.

But the Rebels dragged themselves back from the brink with goals from Alice Heady, Shannon Daly and Sam McKenzie, while Hetherington saved Newbury’s last two kicks.

In sudden death Nikhita Sangha and Kym Stenson buried their penalties before Hetherington pulled off a great save to send Slough through. 

It was a special day for the Rebels’ captain Nadine Roberts, who was making her first start of the season after injuring her ligaments in pre-season.

She was solid on her return but Vicky Stanford was player of the match after an outstanding display in defence. 

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