Essex Trophy final defeat for Walden Ladies

PUBLISHED: 14:19 14 April 2015

Goals from Tayla Hudson, Charlotte Lynch, Katie Peers and Ashleigh Lewis-Shodeinde confirmed Eastern Avenue’s transition from girls’ to women’s football as they overcame Walden Ladies to lift the Essex Women’s Trophy.

Walden Ladies

01 Krissi Glover

02 Karli Millard

03 Vicky Smith

04 Shelly Haslem

05 Michelle Smith

06 Clair Andrews

07 Pavilina Beasley

08 Anneka De’Ath

09 Kayleigh Nolan

10 Coleen Arnold

11 Sam Tant

Substitutes

12 Jess Guest

14 Hayley Feltham

15 Laura Kettridge

16 Kate Ellis.

Referee: Mick Debens (Romford).

Attendance: 187

A 4-1 success at Saffron Walden Town Catons Lane completed a fine first season in the open-age game having been runners-up in the Essex U16 Girls’ Cup two years ago.

Eastern Avenue earned themselves a perfect start when they took the lead inside three minutes. Hannah Warner’s corner wasn’t fully cleared and Hudson nodded home from close range. Walden goalkeeper Krissi Glover went on to make a string of fine saves before Avenue doubled their lead on 39 minutes with Lynch’s 15-yard shot finding its way through a crowded penalty area and into the bottom corner.

Avenue had dominated the first period, but local side Walden took the game to their young opposition after the interval and two free-kicks caused problems as Coleen Arnold’s strike hit the post and Kayleigh Nolan forced goalkeeper Caitlin Hynes into a smart stop.

The pressure told a minute before the hour mark as Nolan’s corner found its way in, possibly with the aid of an Avenue defender.

Nolan could’ve equalised when her run ended in Hynes making a save at the near post before Avenue restored their two-goal lead on 69 minutes. Warner coolly teed-up Peers, who found the bottom corner with a fine finish.

Two further Walden chances saw Hynes make saves from Nolan and Anneka De’Ath, but Avenue sealed the win with six minutes remaining a another neat assist from Warner saw a centre swung to the far post where Lewis-Shodeinde thumped home a close-range header.

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