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Female footballers make national final

The WHC Centre of Sports Excellence Female Academy, in Partnership with Watford FC, have beaten Bristol Academy’s South Gloucestershire and Stroud College 3-1 and are through to the ESFA U18 College Trophy Cup Final.

The two teams had previously met at this stage back in 2011/2012, where current England manager Mark Sampson led the opposition to a narrow 2-1 victory.

We travelled to Bristol following a dramatic quarter final, which saw our side come from behind twice, save a 90th minute penalty and secure victory in a dreaded penalty shoot-out.

The side lined up with Shayla Burgess in goal, a defence that included Rebecca French, Amber Tullett and Mollie Burgess, all who possess WSL Development League experience, along with captain Celine O'Halloran from the Hornets U19s.

Amy Radford, Aimee Durn and Chloe Farrell were the midfield supporting Terri Harvey, Megan Warner and Sian Fisken in attack.

Our side started brightly, but it was South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (Bristol Academy) who opened the scoring as they capitalised on an opportunity from their first corner of the game.

As the game approached half time, we started to grow into the game, with French forcing a good save from the Vixens goalkeeper before a Megan Warner cross was turned into the net by a recovering defender, meaning the teams went in all square at the break.

It was then two quick goals that secured the win. Having started the half brightly, Sian Fisken timed her run to perfection to round the Bristol keeper and net to put us ahead.

Moments later, as we continued to press, Aimee Durn fired a long range effort into the top corner to give us the two goal cushion.

Bristol Academy pressed and with 12 minutes remaining Shayla Burgess produced a fantastic double save to keep the score at 3-1. Burgess picked up an injury and was replaced in goal by Maddie Gorton.

We held onto our two-goal advantage and secured our place in the final, where we will go onto face either Runshaw College, Accrington & Rossendale College, or Gateshead College.

Well done again, team WHC!

This match report was originally featured on the Watford FC Female Academy website

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