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BBMCF; Winslow United 1-1 Risborough Rangers (Winslow won 4-1 on pens)

Winslow United U14 – 1

Risborough Rangers U14 – 1

Winslow win 4-1 on penalties

Minor Cup Final 2018

Winslow United won the Berks & Bucks U14 county cup on Sunday with a penalty shoot-out win over Risborough Rangers, despite trailing for a long period of the game, and being down to ten men for the last eleven minutes in which they saw two players carried off with injuries. The omens appeared against the Ploughmen from the start when Risborough disputed Winslow having goalkeeper Adam Gregory on loan in their side, demanding the player not play or abandon the fixture, forcing the United coaching staff to shuffle their pack and place Kelan Plumbridge in goal for the game.

The game opened fairly evenly, neither side really looking too much of a threat to either goal, the first chance for Rangers saw a free kick just inside the Winslow half thumped at goal by Madison Wilkin but Plumbridge was behind it all the way. A block in the Winslow defence saw the ball sit invitingly for Thomas Mussell to strike but the ball skidded wide of the right hand post from twenty yards out.

The first chance for Winslow came on eight minutes when Curtis Brown fed in James Matcham who drove at goal but was blocked by John Murtagh, the loose ball falling back for Brown who lifted over the crossbar. Winslow then won a free kick which Brown took responsibility for from twenty-five yards out, but he could only drive wide of Josh Stopps in the Rangers goal.

Risborough took the lead on twenty minutes, a ball into the Winslow box saw Antonio Iannelli get the better of Julian Atat and coolly slot past Plumbridge into the bottom corner. Winslow fought back, Arnold Canares tried his luck from long range but Stopps was behind it all the way, whilst at the other end Plumbridge had to get down low at his near post to stop a drive from Iannelli from the edge of the box. H/T: 0-1

Rangers open scoring

Risborough had a header cleared away from the goal mouth early in the second period, and moments later Lestyn Porter curled a shot narrowly wide of the Winslow goal. Rangers were the bigger threat as the half progressed, looking more composed on the ball and livelier up front, Winslow struggled to get anything going up top.

A Rangers attack was half cleared by the United defence and the ball landed at the feet of Murtagh, he drove forward a good ten yards or so unchallenged but with little option in front of him he went for goal but dragged his shot across goal and wide.

Winslow then stunned their opponents by equalising with fourteen minutes left, George Hall received the ball just inside the Rangers box and curled around Stopps into the top corner. The goal sparked the Winslow team & support into life, and they attacked with some gusto, Brown drove at goal and his initial shot was saved by Stopps but the striker was quickest to the rebound and his attempted looping header bounced a yard or so wide of the post.

Winslow celebrate leveller

With eleven minutes left Winslow were rocked by a red card to Liam Greville, a challenge on the half way line was deemed as a high foot and the referee flashed the red card much to the dismay of the Winslow player. Winslow continued to press, Brown fed a delightful pass through to Hall but his first touch escaped him and Stopps was able to advance and smother at his feet.

A long range shot from Rangers then saw Plumbridge get his fingertips to push over the bar, and despite having two players helped from the pitch injured, the score remained level until the final whistle, leaving the final to be decided by penalties F/T: 1-1

Penalties:

Brown put Winslow ahead, whilst Archie Henderson fired wide for Risborough. James Young then doubled his sides lead, before Murtagh pulled one back for Rangers, Hall increased the lead and then up stepped Mussell who saw his fierce drive smash back off the crossbar. Lewis Cove stepped up to convert and win the cup for Winslow, by four goals to one.

Cup winners 2018

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BBCCF; Buckingham Athletic Ladies 0-10 Abingdon United Ladies

Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 0

Abingdon United Ladies – 10

Buckingham Athletic Ladies were blown away on Sunday in the Berks & Bucks Ladies cup final by a ruthless Abingdon United side, who have this season pretty much blitzed anyone who has come across their path in Division One, having scored sixty-five goals in their thirteen league games whilst conceding just eight. Athletic had no answer to the wave after wave of attacks they suffered in both halves of the game, and had it not been for some heroic goalkeeping by Ellen Fenables, some last ditch defending & some wasted chances the score could have been a lot worse. But Carmen Robinson’s side did not give in and battled away until the end, and are highly unlikely to face a side like this again, and did create chances of their own, but against a side that boasted players with previous experience with Oxford United & Oxford City simply had no answers to unlock their solid defence, and stem the onslaught they faced.

United made their intentions clear from the start, as Buckingham took the kick off within two passes they were hassled into losing possession, the ball slid through the defence saw Abingdon skipper Abbie Smith away on goal but Fenables was quick off her line to bravely dive at the strikers feet to smother. At the other end an early chance fell kindly for Jordan Heron but from the corner of the six yard box keeper Sophie Kirby was comfortable to block at her near post.

Early action for Ellen Fenables

Any thoughts of frustrating the United ladies evaporated just three minutes in, to the right of goal Heather Young fired across goal, the ball evading the dive of Fenables and running in behind Kiera Isaac tapped into the empty net. A minute later another right wing cross found Isaac who cushioned off to Smith who sliced her effort just wide. Then on seven minutes Abingdon doubled their lead through the highly impressive Molly Lygo, she found the freedom of the left channel too good to ignore and strode forward, from the eighteen yard line she drove at goal & despite two hands from Fenables the power took the ball home.

Buckingham captain Kerry Stapleton tried to get her side back in the game moments after the goal, a long range shot from outside the area seemed harmless enough initially, however the ball dipped over the head of Kirby and bounced up off the crossbar and over for a goal kick. This was brief respite for the Athletic side, as their opponents tore at goal at every opportunity, Isaac cutting down the right and with few options she flashed the ball across the goal face and a yard or two wide of the back post. Then on twenty-three minutes United won a corner, the ball swung in and as a mass of bodies went to attack the ball centre-half Steph Carrick went down, the whistle sounded and for a moment no one seemed to know what was happening, but the referee calmly walked towards the goal before pointing at the penalty spot.

Full back Gina Ianniello-Phillips took responsibility and fired home giving Fenables no chance. Buckingham tried to regroup & get some sort of foothold in the game, Heron had a block in the Abingdon box blocked at close range, before Evie Hawkins was fed in on goal but her marker was so close she had to take the shot on early and it lacked any real power or conviction. Then eleven minutes before the break United scored a fourth, again a cross from the right found Lygo unmarked and she had time to control before picking her spot to bury home. Isaac was next to try to increase her sides lead, clear through on goal she took too long to shoot allowing Fenables to advance and dive on the ball at her feet, before substitute Amy Pipe attacked down the left with Georgina Howells right on her shoulder, the two tussled into the box and a brilliant last ditch tackle saw the Buckingham defender divert for a corner.

Gina Ianniello-Phillips scores penalty

From the corner the ball swung in and as a group went up for the ball it looped over Fenables and a scramble at the back post saw Nell Boxall turn home. Five minutes before the break a rare poor clearance from the United defence saw Heron away down the left, her cross however was seized upon by Kirby although it took two attempts to gather with Hawkins lurking nearby, and there was still time for an Abingdon corner to be met by Carrick who flashed  her header across goal and wide. H/T: 0-5

The pressure didn’t ease at all after the break, a great cross from the left from Pipe saw Fenables again have to throw herself at the ball to smother as Isaac looked to add to her tally, moments before Smith worked herself some space on the edge of the box before narrowly firing wide of Fenables left hand post. Four minutes into the half saw the best chance for Hawkins, she was fed a ball in behind the Abingdon defence and her pace took her away on goal, from twelve yards she could only fire wide.

The agony of the missed chance was then compounded from the goal kick as Abingdon scored their sixth of the game, a through ball for Pipe to chase saw her outpace the defence, and whilst Fenables stood tall the pacy winger slotted home. Just six minutes later it was seven, a ball over the top saw Isaac away, her first shot saved by Fenables however the ball fell kindly back to the forward who smashed home.

Smith then saw a long range shot pushed away two-handed by Fenables for a corner, before an inch perfect cross from their right from Heather Young found Isaac in the middle but she glanced her header inches wide of the back post. On sixty-five minutes they got their eighth of the afternoon, Pipe away down the left channel and from the corner of the box she chipped over Fenables and into the top corner.

Buckingham tried to press when they could, but were now just happy to keep the ball out of their own half, Heron got down the right and from the acutest of angles fired into the side netting. But it didn’t last long and United soon had their ninth with fifteen minutes left, Lygo crossed into the box and Fenables made an initial save, the ball fell loose and Isaac back heeled to Tina Higgs who couldn’t miss.

Athletic await the presentation

A through ball from Stapleton threatened to release Heron on goal but the ball rolled so quickly it was comfortable for Kirby to collect, then immediately back up the other end Isaac saw a shot from the edge of the area screw wide. With four minutes left Lygo completed her hatrick with the goal of the game, collecting a pass right on the corner of the area she curled over Fenables and into the top corner.

In the dying moments a good pass from Stapleton saw Hawkins get a close range effort away that was blocked for a corner, the resulting corner swung in and met by a firm header from the captain and Kirby had to use both hands to push up and over her crossbar, the ball landing on top of the net. The final whistle sounded seconds later much to the relief of the beleaguered Athletic Ladies, who turn their attention now to their quest for promotion. F/T: 0-10

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Athletic defensive duo Chelsea Markwell & Emma Marshall: 

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Berks & Bucks FA – County Cup restructure

Berks & Bucks FA –
Following a series of consultations with our member clubs, we have started the process of a change to the structure of the County Cup Competitions.

There will be a change to the Youth County Cups with a pilot of a restructure of the cups with the Under 12 and Under 13 age groups having a choice of entering a Saturday competition or a Sunday competition. For 2017/18 season there will be an Under 12 Saturday Cup, Under 12 Sunday Cup, Under 13 Saturday Cup and Under 13 Sunday Cup. This is to give those teams who play their league fixtures on a Saturday the option of playing in a Saturday Cup avoiding having to play 2 games across a weekend.

Also, as a pilot for the 2017-2018 season the Football Operations Committee have elected to merge the previous Senior Cup and Senior trophy for all those clubs in the Football League and National League down to Step 5, and moving all other teams up a competition.

This means that those who were competing in the Saturday Intermediate Cup will now play in the Senior Trophy those who were in the Saturday Junior Cup will compete in the Saturday Intermediate Cup and the Saturday Junior Cup will now be open for more teams in the lower divisions of the Grass Roots leagues and reserve teams of those that did previously play in the Saturday Junior Cup.

This is aimed at creating more opportunities for more clubs to compete and succeed in a County Cup. The cost of entering the County Cups will also be standard so will be £10 for every team in every County Cup.

The exact make-up of the cups is subject to change once rules are ratified, and after League Sanctioning opens on May 31st and the league structures are confirmed, but as a guide when affiliating, clubs can enter the teams into the below cups from what league clubs think their teams will be competing in for the 2017-18 season:

Cup Competition  Leagues
Senior Cup Premier League
EFL Championship, League 1 & League 2
National League, National League North & South
Southern League Premier & Divisions 1
Combined Counties Premier
Hellenic League Premier
Spartan South Midlands Premier
United Counties Premier
Wessex League Premier
Senior Trophy Reserve Teams from Senior Cup
Combined Counties Division 1
Hellenic League First Divisions
Spartan South Midlands Division 1 & 2
United Counties Division 1
Wessex League Division 1
Premier Division Thames Valley Premier League
Selected teams as recommended by following leagues:
Aylesbury & District Premier
East Berks Premier
North Berks Division 1
North Bucks & District Premier
Oxford Senior League Premier
Thames Valley Premier League Division 1
Wycombe & District Senior
Saturday Intermediate Cup Reserve Teams from Saturday Intermediate Cup
Teams not competing in Senior Trophy from:
Aylesbury & District Premier
East Berks Premier
North Berks Division 1
North Bucks & District Premier
Oxford Senior League Premier
Thames Valley Premier League Division 1
Wycombe & District Senior
Also:
Combined Counties Division 2
Hellenic League Division 2
Aylesbury & District Division 1
East Berks Division 1
North Berks Division 2
North Bucks Intermediate
Oxford Senior league Div 1
Thames Valley Premier Div 2
Wycombe & District Premier
Saturday Junior Cup Reserve/’A’ teams from Saturday Intermediate Cup
Also teams not in:
Aylesbury & District Top 2 Divisions
East Berks Div Top 2 Divisions
North Berks Div Top 2 Divisions
North Bucks Div Top 2 Divisions
Thames Valley Premier Top 3 Divisions
Wycombe & District Top Division

Read more at http://www.berks-bucksfa.com/news/2017/may/bbfa-county-cups-restructure#79JKMUqZstvzmy4z.99

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B&B Jnr Cup, 3rd Round draw – Ath get a home tie

Larry Woodward’s Buckingham Athletic Development will play North Bucks & District League, Intermediate Division outfit Wing Village in the 3rd round of the Berks & Bucks Junior Cup.

Larry Woodward

Larry Woodward

Woodward’s side progressed past Rivets 4-2 on Saturday to set up the tie which will be played on Saturday 10th December 2016.

FULL DRAW – Click here

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