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U's defeated in Surrey Divisional Cup Final

29 May 2024

Match Reports

U's defeated in Surrey Divisional Cup Final

29 May 2024

The Sutton United Women’s Reserves fell short at the last hurdle in the Surrey Divisional Cup, with Aesha Ayimba Golding netting the winner at the start of the second half to seal the trophy for Leatherhead.

The U’s got off to a lightening quick start, with Paige Kersey giving them the lead after just two minutes when she tapped home from Charlotte Back’s square ball, but they were pegged back just moments later when Kacie May Harlow found herself free in the penalty area, rounding Emma Marlow before burying her shot in the empty net.

Marlow was without a doubt Sutton’s standout performer with a Player of the Match worthy performance, but it wasn’t enough to keep Leatherhead at bay as substitute Ayimba Golding struck just after the restart despite a brilliant initial save from the U’s keeper.

Courtney Jade Bartlett’s side gave it their all, but would leave Dorking Wanderers’ Meadowbank empty handed.

It was the U’s who came out the blocks quickest, getting off to a tremendous start as Kersey was well-placed to meet Back’s delivery after she brushed past the Affrika Albert with pace, with the U’s number 14 tapping into the empty net.

Their lead was short-lived however, with Kacie May Harlow finding herself free in the penalty area just five minutes later, rounding Marlow before rolling the ball into a gaping goal.

Despite this setback, Marlow began what would become a theme throughout the match, making a couple of important stops, but was otherwise comfortable as Leatherhead failed to truly test her.

The best chance of the match fell to the Tanners just after the half-hour mark, with Ayimba Golding doing well to make space for a pull back, picking out Megan Button on the edge of the box who sent an effort straight down Harlow’s throat, comfortably parrying the shot to safety.

This was followed by a chance for the U’s, with Amy Wright doing well to keep the ball under control amidst a sea of bodies, and although she gets a shot away it is comfortable for Tanners’ keeper Lara Burrows.

There was time for one more chance for Sutton right before the interval, with Back’s cross hitting a body and going out for the corner, and although there were appeals for a handball, the referee waved them away to ensure it was all square at the break.

The second half almost mirrored the start to the first, albeit in favour of the Tanners rather than the U’s. Marlow made an excellent stop to deny Button but could only palm the shot into the path of Ayiba Golding, who got the ball under control and tapped into the empty net to complete the turnaround and Leatherhead the lead.

With the Tanners in the ascendancy, they thought they had scored a third when Button scored in identical fashion to the U’s opener, but the flag was up and thus ruled out a third goal, giving Sutton hope.

As proceedings reached its climax, Marlow proved why she would be awarded Player of the Match despite being on the losing team, with a hat-trick of chances for substitute Sophia Richardson-Hughes being stopped by the U’s keeper, including one in particular at the death with a point blank save that she somehow managed to hold.

This wouldn’t be enough for the U’s though, with Leatherhead able to see out their victory and secure the Surrey Divisional Cup.

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