East Grinstead Meads proved too strong for Oakwood as they won the inaugural Sussex Girls’ Challenge Cup (under-12s) on Saturday morning at Culver Road.
Meads had the better of their opponents for the majority of the game, and the scoreline could have been more convincing but for the brilliance of Oakwood goalkeeper Tajah Kwatia. She was powerless however to keep out Katie Smyth’s early strike and two goals from the impressive Hannah Fisher. Shannon Watts did pull a goal back for Oakwood in the second-half but it proved only to be a consolation.
East Grinstead has a great opportunity to take the lead with only five minutes gone. Emma Kilfiger played Orla Humphrey in behind the Oakwood defence but as Kwatia advanced out of her goal to narrow the angle she could only shoot just wide of the target
However, it wasn’t long before East Grinstead did take the lead, with just eleven minutes on the clock Smyth sneaked round the back to connect with Kilfiger’s deep cross and slot the ball calmly past Kwatia.
Just four minutes later and the lead was doubled. Captain Annie Lyons free-kick fell nicely for Fisher in the box and she turned her marker brilliantly before dispatching the ball into the bottom corner.
Humphrey drilled a low shot from the edge of box that Kwatia did well to hold as she dived across her goal, and Chloe Obee put two almost identical opportunities just wide of the far post as Meads dominated proceedings.
Before the half was out Fisher tested Kwatia from distance which the keeper gathered at the second attempt, and there was still time for Obee to shoot straight at Kwatia when well placed.