Chichester started the second-half brightly and were instantly rewarded for their efforts. Tash Wilds’ low driven cross found Simmonds who’s shot was parried into Bell who then equalised with a tap in. Crawley bit back straight away with a strike from Emma Plewa caught by Foster in the 51st minute.
The latter stages of the second-half was very much end-to-end, both sides were driven to grab a winning goal in the last ten minutes left of normal time. Charlotte Owen fizzed a ball towards goal from the edge of the box but it was blasted wide.
The second-half ended 1-1, Chichester City were not willing to give up their trophy that easily taking the tie into extra-time.
Crawley Wasps won a corner which was curled in towards the far post, with the shot blocked and cleared by Nicky Lake. Wasps took another shot from a free-kick from Cole, didn’t trouble Foster at all. Cole took another strike, this time on the half volley which was well saved by Foster down on her left.
Crawley Wasps were the more dominant side in the first-half of extra-time, the score remained 1-1.
Pittuck was sent through on goal by Plewa in the 107th minute, firing the ball straight into the palms of Foster. The best chance Crawley Wasps had to take the lead since the equaliser. Both teams tried to make things happen but neither could grab a winner, the score ended 1-1 at extra-time. The final went to penalties.
Chichester City took the advantage after Martins scored the opening penalty, with Russell putting hers wide. Crawley went back level after Heather scored to take advantage of Burke’s miss. Gibbs produced an excellent save and Plewa scored to give the advantage to Crawley Wasps. Both sides scored their fourth penalties. Crawley needed to score their fifth to win, Cole stepped up and scored to win the Sussex Women’s Challenge Cup for her side!
Wasps manager Paul Walker said his side probably deserved to win after a fantastic first-half, he also gave credit to the hard-working Chichester squad: “First of all big credit to all the Chichester Squad they put in a real shift tonight and made it a very competitive game.I think though, on the balance of the overall game, and certainly the first-half, we probably deserved it”.