Women's County Cup Final - Almond's On Top

Carlisle United Ladies defeated Penrith AFC Ladies in a tightly-contested encounter to win the 2017 Cumberland FA Women’s County Cup, supported by...
Clare Almond proved to be United’s heroine on the 87th minute, with her goal proving to be the difference between the two North West Regional Women’s Division 1 sides at Workington AFC’s Borough Park on Friday 5 May.

In what was Carlisle’s third consecutive appearance in the Women’s County Cup final, the game followed the recent pattern of close encounters, with previous finals going into extra time and penalties frequently.

Carlisle United Ladies dominated possession and had the best of chances, with Gillian McGimpsey, Imogen Longcake and Lauren Ullyart all coming close to opening the game’s scoring. The second half saw United continue their dominance in possession, with both Almond and Philippa Harmison missing opportunities to score.

However, Penrith gradually started to show glimpses of the form that saw them finish second in the league. In the 81st minute, a strike from Sophie Nutter hit the upright before rolling across the goalline. Despite instance that the ball had crossed the line from the Penrith players, referee Michael Studholme and his team insisted that it hadn’t.

With three minutes remaining, Carlisle got behind the Penrith defence, and when the ball found Almond, she made no mistake in forcing the ball over the line to give the Cumbrians the 1-0 victory.

Following the game’s final whistle, Carlisle United Ladies’ skipper Sharina Robinson not only collected the Women’s County Cup; she also received the Player of the Game award – a £100 voucher courtesy of Cumberland Building Society and Cumberland FA’s Nike kit supplier, Kitlocker.com.

Tracy Gannon, manager of Carlisle United Ladies, said: “I’m so proud of the girls. They worked their socks off for each other. Every player in the squad did their bit when needed and more.”

Meanwhile, Fred Conway, Chairman of the County FA, added: “I would like to thank Workington AFC for hosting a very entertaining final. Congratulations to Carlisle United Ladies, who beat a very good Penrith Ladies side. The women’s game is in good hands in Cumberland judging by the standard that was in show in what was a great effort from both sides.”

Cumberland FA would like to thank Workington AFC for the free use of Borough Park. We’re delighted to announce that through entrance fees and donations for programmes, a total of £197 was raised for Tony Hopper’s Fighting Back fund; taking the total sum raised to date to £1,119.

Credit also goes to referee Michael Studholme, assistants Gregor Airey and Sophie Logey, and fourth official Andrew Carruthers.

Further photos of the match can be viewed by CLICKING HERE, whilst photos are available to purchase via www.wittwoo.com/football

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