Maidstone Ladies 1sts
Cambridge University 1
|Date||Saturday 29th September|
|Scorers||Lizzie McClintock, own goal, Hannah Durston|
4 Points in Cambridge!
Buoyed by their success at home last week, Maidstone set off for Cambridge for the second time in 3 weeks full of confidence to play the University side.
The visitors started strongly and dominated the game in all areas of the pitch from the start. They plugged away patiently and expertly fended off any attacks from the opposition. The breakthrough came mid-way through the first half when a neat exchange between Annabelle Rowe (sponsored by Whitehead Monckton) and Lizzie McClintock (sponsored by Flaming Porkys) saw McClintock smash it home from the top of the D: 1-0.
The score remained the same going into the break and from the start of the second half the Kent side continued to dominate. It was Cambridge who made the breakthrough, however, when a second penalty corner was awarded (incorrectly after the first shot from the initial one was hit at head-height) and a deflection levelled the score: 1-1.
Maidstone continued to plug away at the Cambridge defence and eventually they scored what they thought would be the winner when Rachel Thompson (sponsored by Whitehead Monckton) fired a ball at an awkward height into the D at pace. The lingering striker (Hannah Durston) looked as though she may have got a touch however it was the goalkeeper’s pads that touched it into the far corner and thanks to the new own-goal rule the score became 2-1.
With 10 minutes remaining Maidstone looked to slow down the manic pace of the game and increase their lead, however Cambridge would not give up and forced an excellent double-save from goalkeeper & captain Jenny Vincent (sponsored by Harlequin). Moments later however the hard-work was done when another goal-mouth scrabble ended up with the ball being desperately shovelled over the line: 2-2 with 3 minutes to go.
The final 3 minutes of the game epitomised Maidstone’s work-rate and desire as every member of the team pushed as hard as they could to regain possession and grab a late winner. They did exactly that when Hannah Durston (sponsored by Whitehead Monckton) stole possession from a free hit and entered into an exchange with McClintock who again showed some exceptional skill to force her way into the D and commit the keeper. The final pass was perfect for Durston to slot it home and steal the points: 3-2. The remaining 30 seconds were seen out without any further drama!