Eastbourne Ladies & Girls lifted the Sussex Girls Challenge Cup (under-16s) after producing a magnificent display against Crawley Wasps Ladies at Culver Road.
Eastbourne, an under-15 side competing in this year’s under-16 competition, were firmly on top for much of the contest and although Crawley Wasps were resilient throughout and pushed Eastbourne, they held on right up until the final whistle.
The game’s opening stages saw a hatful of chances created by both sides, but it was Eastbourne who drew first blood after nine minutes.
Megan Cranford registered her thirtieth goal for the club in just seventeen appearances as she completed a sweeping attacking move by slotting the ball in at the near post from close range.
However, Crawley equalised just three minutes later through skipper Chanelle Gainsford, who saw her initial effort parried away, but she regained possession, rounded goalkeeper Amber Pisani-Cleland and poked the ball into an empty net to draw level.
The third goal of the game went Eastbourne’s way, and saw Cranford go from scorer to provider as her long, mazy run down the left flank allowed Becky Simmons to tap home with ease after the Eastbourne captain squared the ball across the face of goal.
Despite Eastbourne’s dominance, Crawley found another equaliser on the stroke of half time; this time through Emily Flegg, who latched onto a loose ball on the edge of the area and finished coolly to give the Wasps a crucial goal against the run of play.