PETTS WOOD REACH CUP FINAL!
Petts Wood 4 v Canterbury City 3
For the third time this season Petts Wood met title rivals Canterbury City to contest the Tina Marshall Cup semi-final. The previous two league matches contained plenty of goals and this game was no exception.
On a windy day Petts Wood struck early, with good pressure from Amy Williams which forced a throw in, full back Oliva Chest launched a throw into the Canterbury box where winger Isabelle Runicles slotted the ball home to make it
Talia Goldhill and Lily Draycott were beginning to control the midfield and combined to put through Petts Wood striker Aaliyeaha Wiese-Forbes who sprinted clear and beat the keeper with a great finish, 2-0.
The rest of the half continued to go Petts Woods way with keeper Lily Coady, captain Natasha Holbrook-Wilson and Corinne Hanson snuffing out dangers early.
The second half began against the wind and Canterbury upped their game pushing Petts Wood back into their own half where they scored to make it 2-1
The pressure continued after the kick off but fresh legs were introduced with Grace Birdsall and Rachel Winbourne and this culminated in good work from Ellis Oulton to get forward allowing Midfielder Mia Hatton striking a sweet shot from the edge of the box into the bottom corner, 3-1 . Canterbury then hit back with a mix up in defence to make it 3-2. Petts Woods Rachel Winbourne stopped an almost certain goal by clearing off the line from a Canterbury shot which proved to be decisive.
The game picked up pace with both teams pressuring for the next goal, this came from Petts Wood striker Aaliyeaha Wiese-Forbes beating two players and hitting a powerful looping shot over Canterbury’s keeper, 4-2. Canterbury did not give up and with 5 mins to go made a great move to make it 4-3 .
Canterbury are a very good team so congratulations Petts Wood for getting to the final, very well done.