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A report on Wednesday's Virtual Learning UK U19 Girls Cup Final victory

16 June 2022

Northampton Town FEP Women’s team took on Velocity Football Oxford City in the Virtual Learning UK U19 Girls Cup Final on Wednesday night.

The game was held at Oxford City FC’s Court Place Farm with Velocity having the home advantage. This game was the last this season in the FEP calendar and was also therefore the last game for a large majority of the FEP players.

The Cobblers started the strongest with Jas Sawyer having a close range shot parried away, however it was Oxford City who took the league with a shot that went into the far corner. Both teams found themselves down to ten players after an off the ball incident led to the referee brandishing a red card for both an Oxford City defender and Cobblers forward Jas Sawyer.

However the Cobblers didn't let the red card deter them as on the stroke of half time, skipper Sophie Rylance tapped in from close range to draw the teams level. The second half saw a lot of stoppages and substitutions due to cramp including Rylance, however with twenty minutes left to go Charlie Cooper played a hooked ball to striker partner Alex Dicks and she confidently finished in her usual clinical style.

Oxford threatened to get back into the match however and seemed to be on top before Alex Dicks bent in a late curler to give the Cobblers a two goal lead.

That was necessary because Oxford pressed hard and a brilliant volley from a set piece gave them a lifeline going into injury time. However the Cobblers held on and claimed the trophy for the second time in two years, adding to their league triumph this season.

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