Women's Cuppers Semi Final Round Up
As we count down the hours till the big day, we look back at the incredible, fiercely contested semi final match ups.
Keble/Hertford 4-0 New
Keble/Hertford went into the semi final with confidence, despite two big name players being absent. Their strength in midfield was evident from kick-off, with a powerful shot from Ana Barros spilled by the goalkeeper for the first goal after around 5 minutes of play. Soon after, sensational centre back Charlotte Rougier scored a beautiful goal in the top corner, putting Hertble 2-0 up and well in control. Some skilful link up play between midfielder Viola Lough and Rougier saw Hertble go close on numerous occasions, before Barros stepped up to score once more to make it 3-0 at the break. New came out for the second half with more desire for a comeback; a goalkeeper change stopped striker Eleanor Frew and winger Laura Eacott from scoring many times. However, after a corner from Lough, Rougier charged into the box to drill the ball home for her second. There were some late challenges from New, but nothing too troubling for a strong Hertble side who will fancy their chances in the final. Final score: Keble/Hertford 4 – 0 New
St Catz 6-0 Merton/Mansfield
Both teams started off strong. Despite the pressure from Merton/Mansfield’s defence, Catz calmly held possession and it didn’t take long for them to put the ball in the back of the net. An impressive hailstorm halted the match at 1-0, giving both sides time to reset. The game continued to be tense, finishing 2-0 at half time. Fresh legs on both teams upped the pace, with fierce attempts on goal by Merton/Mans being met by a tough Catz defence. Catz were determined to secure a place in the final, scoring 4 more by full time, with goals from Lily Dubuc, Rosa Haworth and Emily White. A strong effort from both sides, but Catz (and their supporters) were delighted to see a solid win from their Catz girls.