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Ladies Reach Cup Final

13 April 2015

Shrewsbury Town 3-1 Stone Dominoes


GOALS: Bradshaw, Turner, Broome.

SUBS: Hicks, Sewell, Cox.

SHREWSBURY TOWN LINE-UP: Cleveley, Francis, Broome, Bland, Arrowsmith, Prior, Owen (c), Brown, Bradshaw, Winton, Turner.

"Promotion is the goal, although the final will be an excellent game to look forward to"

"First and foremost, though, we have three huge games on the way with the us playing the top four.

"I'm proud that we have made the final, the players deserve it," he said.

Evans is now excited for the final but insists the league is the main focus over the next few weeks.

"Today we did that and more and I have to give massive credit to the players for that. We showed a togetherness today and a will to battle for everything".

"We sat down on Thursday at training and ironed a few things out, we all know it wasn't good enough and that we needed to raise our levels.

"The pleasing aspect was the response after the last game," said Evans.

Town came into the game off a disappointing result at home to Brereton previously. A break over Easter certainly helped the cause.

"It was tough conditions with the high winds but I felt we dealt with it well. We played some superb football."

"We started the game very well, pressed them well and deservedly won the game.

Town manager Sean Evans was proud of his team's performance and said: "I'm delighted with the performance.

Town's promotion push continues when they are back in league action with a tough trip to face third placed Burton Albion DEV.

The final whistle blew and it was a fantastic achievement for Evans' team, an excellent performance from start to finish. The final takes place at Stafford Town on Wednesday 6th May, 7:30 kick off where they will face either Burton Albion or Brereton Town.

The ball came in from an Owen corner and there was Broome who attacked the ball to knock it in to comeplete the scoring and take Town to the final.

With 5 minutes to go Town sealed the win with their third goal coming from Tash Broome.

It was a goal worthy of winning any game. Stone in response switched to an attacking 3, Town needed to be resolute and strong.

After a surging run from Bradshaw who got herself clear of the right back, she looked up and laid it on to Nat Turner who smashed the ball in with her left foot, a peach of a goal, cue mass celebration and a pile on.

As the game ebbed away and with the distant thought of possible extra time and penalties, Town grabbed the lead.

Daisy Bradshaw was having a strong game in the middle of the park with some incisive runs forward.

It was a poor goal to concede for the home side and now they needed to respond.

After Town overplayed on the edge of their box, Garner got her shot in which Town Keeper Beth Cleveley got a hand to but couldnt keep it out.

Town struggled to get control of the second half. Stone eqaulised 10 minutes into the second half though Vikki Garner.

The second half got underway with Town taking the kick, and Stone's intentions was clear to see as they piled on the pressure straight from the kick.

Town got to half-time with the slender advantage knowing that Stone were going to be a stronger force second half.

It was still proving to be a tight game but Town were still full value for their lead.

After a Penny Owen corner was swung in, the ball fell to Daisy Bradshaw who slotted home under the 'keeper to give Town the lead.

It was a close game with minimal chances for both teams. From a corner, Town grabbed the all-important breakthrough.

Town settled down and started to play the better football, Owen orchastrating the midfield, linking up well with Nat Turner who was playing the lone striker role in a 4-5-1.

It was Stone who were playing with the wind advantage in the first half as they tried to press Town early on.

The conditions for both teams were tough, with strong winds swirling around the London Road pitch.

Town welcomed back Penny Owen to the squad after missing the last game and also Aimee Cox made it back into the squad after a long term ankle problem.

Town came into the game off the back of a poor defeat to Brereton whereas Stone continued their good form with a strong win against Stoke Town.

Shrewsbury Town Ladies booked their place in the final of the Staffordshire County League Cup with an excellent win over Stone Dominoes at London Road.

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