Women record sixteenth league win to finish second
The latest report as the Women ended their season on a high.
Goals from Chloe Tape (4), Rebecca Miles (3), Meg Vella and Rosie Eden sealed the win against determined opposition.
The Cherries started their scoring straight from kick off with the ball played out wide to Rosie Eden on the left, who found Miles. After instantly controlling the ball, she lobbed the New Milton Keeper, Sarah Cann, with just 17 seconds on the clock.
The second came in the third minute when Hannah Bennett’s corner was converted with a first-time shot from Tape, who was set-up by Vella.
New Milton then rallied and a strong run down the left and shot from Olivia Watts was well saved at the front post by Kate Guthrie.
However, AFC Bournemouth’s third goal soon arrived. The impressive Katie Kingshott controlled the ball just inside the New Milton half and fed Rebecca Miles on the edge of the New Milton penalty area. Miles beat her defender and hit a low hard shot between the keeper and the near post for her second of the game.
The remainder of the half saw constant pressure from the Cherries, with Vella hitting the bar from a header in the 30th minute and Tape almost catching the ‘keeper off her line from range, as her spectacular effort hit the post.
A minute later and the midfielder did have another goal. Bennett controlled a clearance from the New Milton keeper, fed the ball to Vella, who turned her defender and passed to Tape, who took one touch before hitting a rasping effort into the top corner of the New Milton net.
Following the interval and with the score already at 4-0, AFC Bournemouth continued where they had left off with Miles and Maisy Smith both heading wide.
The fifth was soon to come and Steve Davies’ side increased their lead in the 51st minute when Vella turned her centre back and scored in the top corner of the net with a well struck finish.
Two minutes after her introduction on the hour mark, Jade Hockey’s shot was well saved by Cann in the New Milton goal, but the rebound fell to Tape who completed her hattrick at the second attempt.
AFC Bournemouth continued to press forward and in the 71st minute Tape fed Eden through the middle. The striker beat the centre back, drew Cann in and then emphatically smashed the ball high into the top corner of the net.
In the 87th minute, Eden returned the favour, beating her full back and centre back before pulling the ball back for Tape to get her fourth and AFC Bournemouth’s eighth of the afternoon.
The win was rounded off shortly after, as Kingshott fed Tape who set up Miles to shoot across the keeper into the far corner, to complete her first hattrick for the Club.
Following the game, manager Davies spoke to afcb.co.uk.
“We’re very happy to end our league season with the win,” he began.
“This result means we are the league’s top scorers and I applaud the players for that.
“I’d also like to congratulate Southampton FC for winning the league. We ran them close and deserved, overall, to finish in the top two.
“We now look forward to our Chairman’s Cup final on the 19th May.”