Portishead Town Ladies win the double
PUBLISHED: 16:26 18 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:26 18 May 2017
Portishead Town Ladies secured a league and cup double after defeating Pen Mill 4-3 after extra time in the cup final.
Portishead snatched the league cup in a nail-biting final against rivals Pen Mill that ended 4-3 in extra time, the side had recently claimed the league title with Pen Mill runners-up.
Both teams were fast out of the blocks and a handball in the box gave Pen Mill an early penalty that was parried away by keeper Jo Dulieu. However, end-to-end drama saw a bad Pen Mill challenge in the opposite box, giving Portishead a go at the spot kick, which was thumped soundly home by Ruby Lowe.
The second half saw Pen Mill find an equaliser from a break, and with Portishead caught on the back foot, Pen Mill managed to pull ahead with a searching cross that found the Pen Mill striker.
Portishead, finding themselves repeatedly pressed inside their own half and a goal down in the closing minutes of the game, threw everything they had at the Pen Mill defence.
An in-swinging corner from Hannah Thornton picked out Emily Dawe, whose assured header bruised the back of the net to level the scores before the final whistle.
Extra-time saw Portishead raise their game with some probing attacking balls. Shannon Holloway made an electric and found the net after a deflection from the Pen Mill keeper.
Keen to capitalise on the ground gained, Portishead led the charge in the second half of extra time, and some nifty passing play gifted Thornton the ball on the edge of the box, where she drilled it coolly into the bottom corner to extend the lead.
However, the game was far from over and Pen Mill resolutely refused to go down without a fight, and scored from a corner to make it 4-3.
With minutes to go, a Pen Mill striker shrugged off her marker to lift a shot towards the top left, but Dulieu pushed it past the post. Portishead kept them out up to the final whistle to claim the victory.
The Robert John Hair player of the match was Jo Dulieu for her safe hands. The side will be looking to carry on their success next season in the South West Women’s Football League after securing promotion.