Waters at the double as Lowestoft reach county final after fine display
PUBLISHED: 10:52 22 February 2017 | UPDATED: 10:52 22 February 2017
Shirley D Whitlow
Lowestoft Ladies moved into the final of the Suffolk County FA Women's Cup, sponsored by HomeStore Self Storage, on Sunday.
They reached the final at the neutral venue of Woodbridge Town, where they took on Bacton Ladies in the last four of the competition.
Lowestoft went into the crucial game with a good mindset, having beating Stevenage 1-0 away from home the previous week.
Both teams went into the game knowing a win could put them through to a great trip to Portman Road, Ipswich for the final.
Bacton got the game underway but it was Lowestoft who were pushing themselves forwards, attempting to show a real threat at goal. The first goal arrived early on, after five minutes, with a classy effort constructed by the trio of Waters, Everson and Flatt, who passed and worked the ball around the Bacton defence. The assist came from Everson, who passed the ball across to Hannah Waters to fire a shot from the left side of the penalty area and into the bottom corner of the net to open the scoring.
The second goal arrived a bit later in the game, after 36 minutes, from a deflected shot from Charnelle Riggall who shot at goal. Her effort deflected high in the air with lots of spin and when it landed it took an extraordinary bounce to lob the Bacton goalkeeper and go into the back of the net to double Lowestoft’s advantage.
Lowestoft got the second half underway by continuing to show their strength and making threats at goal. After another great build-up from the side, Everson squared the ball across to Waters who comfortably slotted the ball into the back of the net to make it 3-0 in the 58th minute with her second score of the game.
The fourth goal came from a free kick just inside the Bacton half on the edge of the centre circle after 70 minuntes. Broghan Scully set up the free kick and only had eyes set on goal. With a well-struck free kick the ball was sent over the Bacton goalkeeper’s head and high into the net for a convincing 4-0 scoreline.
Player of the match for Lowestoft was Abbie Everson.
Lowestoft Ladies celebrated their success and will now meet Ipswich Town Ladies who defeated Ipswich Wanderers 2-0 in the other semi-final.