Women win in extra time to progress in cup
AFC Bournemouth Women progressed to the next round of the League Cup with a thrilling 5-4 home win over Moneyfields.
Extra time was needed, as the game ended in a 3-3 draw, with the Cherries’ goals coming from Hannah Bennett and Chloe Tape, who bagged a brace.
In the final half-an-hour, Jade Hockey put the hosts 4-3 up, before Rosie Eden confirmed the Cherries’ place in the next round to make the score 5-3.
A late surge from Moneyfields wasn’t enough to take the game to penalties, as Steve Davies’ side progressed in the competition.
Tape opened the scoring ten minutes in, tapping home the rebound after Bennett’s shot was well saved by Sally-Ann Thompson.
Minutes later, Tape had doubled the scoring, converting a penalty which was initially given for a handball.
However, two quick goals from Moneyfields got the score back to 2-2 going into half-time, with Charlotte Eastman then introduced following the break.
The Cherries pressed forward, but the next goal came from the visitors, with a good finish after cutting in from the left.
A lengthy delay on the 73rd minute saw Tape down with a knock to the head, before the Cherries found a leveller.
A free-kick from the left was executed brilliantly by Bennett, who netted from the left to add to her tally for the season.
With the scores at 3-3 on the full time whistle, extra time was needed to find a winner.
And it was Davies’ side who struck, with Bennett at the heart of it again. Her ball over the full-back found Hockey, who finished first-time past Thompson.
With the Cherries buoyed, Eden then struck for her third of the season, cutting inside and shooting from inside the box.
A last-minute goal from Moneyfields wasn’t enough to take the game to penalties, with the hosts through to the next round.
After the game, manager Davies commented on the win.
“We are delighted to have progressed in the cup and continue our positive start to the season.”