Marlow Girls U14 win Berks & Bucks County Cup after penalty shootout

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On Sunday 5th May, Marlow Girls U14 team faced Tilehurst in the Berks & Bucks County Cup Final at Adams Park Stadium, home to Wycombe Wanderers. 

It proved to be an exhilarating match as the teams emerged from the tunnel to the tune of the champions league anthem, making the crowd go wild.  In the early stages of the game, no team dominated until Marlow’s super striker, Naomi Tilley picked up the ball in her own half and weaved through the Tilehurst defence and ripped one into the net giving Marlow a great start.  Celebrations didn’t last long as Tilehurst scored a screamer from the half way line.  At halftime the score was 1-1.

Tilehurst pushed hard during the second half which caught Marlow by surprise.  For the next 20 minutes the tension increased.  The crowd boomed through the stadium which saw Tilehurst dominate in attack.  Marlow’s goalie, Sophie Carter made a game changing point blank save, which generated an opportunity for Marlow to counter attack.  Once again, Naomi picked up the ball and left the Tilehurst defence in her dust – goal 2:1 Marlow.

The crowd and Marlow thought the silver ware was coming home but Tilehurst weren’t going down without a fight and followed up with a goal from a corner.  The final whistle blew 2:2.

The game went straight to penalties.  Once again, the roller coaster continued with 10 brave players stepping up to the plate.  It finished 4:3 to the mighty Marlow and the crowd went mad in celebration. 

Overall what a wonderful advert for the girl’s football, both teams very evenly matched who played their hearts out.  Thanks to everyone from WW FC and the Berks & Bucks FA for making this a special event.  And finally, a big thank you and congratulations to the players, coaches, family and friends for the support throughout the season.

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Article author: Paul Merchant

About the author: Founded in its original version back in 2000 - yes the internet DID exist back then. Brought up in Marlow, went to school here, now has children at the same schools. Quite clearly loves all things Marlow - hence spending over 2 decades doing this!

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