11:00AM, Wednesday 08 May 2019
Marlow FC Girls u14s were crowed Berks & Bucks County champions after a thrilling 4-3 penalty win over Tilehurst Panthers on Sunday at Adams Park, home of Wycombe Wanderers.
The Blues played their part in a back and forth cup final that saw them twice pegged back after taking the lead in regular time. With the game level at 2-2 it went down to penalties and Marlow held their nerve to in the shootout to claim the silverware.
The excitement and expectation was there from the off as both sides emerged from the tunnel to the tune of the Champions League anthem ahead of kick off.
Neither side could get a foothold in the game until Marlow striker Naomi Tilley grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck, picking the ball up in her own half before ending her long winding run with a superb finish to give the Blues the lead. But Tielhurst were quick to respond with an equally brilliant strike, scoring a screamer from the halfway line.
The score remained that way until the second half, where Marlow ‘keeper Sophie Carter made sure the scores stayed level with point-blank reflex save. That set up a counter-attack for the Blues, which Tilley took control of, leaving Tilehurst defence in her dust on the way to scoring her second of the game. But once again Tilehurst levelled the scores to take things to penalties.
After scoring their first two spot kicks each, both sides then missed one to stay neck and neck after three penalties each. But Marlow held held their nerve scoring their final two penalties to claim the trophy with a 4-3 penalty shootout victory.
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