Ashford Town (Middlesex) Ladies left it late to comeback and record a memorable victory over Godalming Town to lift the Capital Women’s Intermediate Cup.
Both sides were playing their first cup final of the season at Meadowbank; Surrey FA’s impressive new facility in Dorking and put on a show, with a feast of goals, for the impressive 100 spectators.
Ashford began dominating proceedings and created a number of opportunities to take the lead with Lavana Neufville, Ashley Cheatley and Holly Isaacs all marginally missing chances.
Alissa Down saw her free kick miss the near post just before The Tangerines were dealt a cruel blow in the 34th minute when Toni West escaped her marker and struck into the top corner. A sucker punch for The Tangerines who looked the most likely to take the lead.
Godalming almost doubled their lead from a corner, only for their headed effort to miss the target.
Ashford kicked off the second half in similar fashion to how they finished the first.
The game then sparked to life for the Tangerines and it was the break through their constant pressure warranted.
16 year old Phoebe Head was introduced to the game with ten minutes to play, has shown tremendous moments of brilliance throughout the season and came to life just when Ashford needed.
Head found herself with space in Ashford's attacking third and threaded through an expertly weighted pass behind Godalming's back line, for Neufville, who saw the goalkeeper running out, to poke it into an open net.
The Tangerines were jubilant but didn't stop there, Neufiville popped up once again with five minutes left on the clock, to coolly dispatch Down's through pass, to put Ashford in the lead for the first time in the game.
In the dying moments, Head picked up the ball on the edge of the box and struck a fierce shot into the bottom corner, leaving the diving goalkeeper with no chance.
After the number of goal scoring opportunities The Tangerines created, some may say the goals at the end were inevitable but credit to Godalming who were resilient in their defending.
The victory, Ashford’s second County Cup victory in as many seasons, leaves them now fighting to lift The Bostik Women’s Cup on Wednesday night (against Women's National League side, Leyton Orient) and be crowned league champions of the Greater London Women’s Football League Premier Division (against Godalming on Sunday 5th May).
Updated 07:45 - 17 Apr 2019 by William Boye