Lewes were on the attack early in the half, and they extended their lead even further after Holly Wilson scored from a corner, taking it short and playing a one-two with Arianna Elvin-Speller, before sending a ball into the box which curled and eluded everyone, to nestle into the far corner.
Things then looked like they could get worse for the Juniors, as in the 45th minute, referee Steve Warren awarded Lewes a penalty after a foul committed on Mia Hutchison by Lewes Juniors’ Lola Piper-Rodgers. However, M. Hutchison’s spot kick flew over the bar.
M. Hutchison tried her luck again just minutes later but was denied by a diving Bliss, who got a fist to it, and this time the ball fell to a Junior defender who was able to clear.
Juniors pressed on until the very end of the game, with Ela Ramshaw going clean through on goal, but Darcey Hadfield did well to come out to meet her and claim the ball before she was able to get her shot away.
It was a spirited effort from Juniors, but Lewes were able to hold firm to win the Sussex Girls’ Challenge Cup (Under-14s).
Speaking after the game, Lewes coach Tim Heal was very happy with his team’s win.
“I think we controlled the game, but we struggled quite a lot because they defended really well,” he said.
“It was important to start well in the second-half and add that extra bit of pressure,” he added.
He also thanked the parents for their constant support of the team and for providing a great atmosphere at Culver Road.