Burgess Hill Town Ladies 9 [Keeley Wheatley 7 , Dee Vilciu 2] Thamesview 2
The Hillians Ladies started their season in great form , beating fellow Div 1 side Thamesview 9-2 to move into the 2nd Round Qualifying of the SSE Women’s FA Cup
It took about a minute for Keeley Wheatley to receive a defence splitting pass from debutant Dee Vilciu and place the ball calmly to the right of the keeper to open her account . Within a minute Wheatley scored her 2nd following a move involving Ellie Lawrence and Vilciu .
With growing confidence the Hillians were in control but debutant keeper Alex Monteiro was required to make a good save before Thamesview scored following a good move down their left .
Less than 10 minutes later another debutant Romanian Maria Bardea passed to her fellow Romanian Vilciu who hit a cracking shot to restore the 2 goal advantage .
When Wheatley claimed her hattrick from close range to put the Hillians 4-1 up confidence grew throughout the team and some delightful constructive football was witnessed to the delight of new Manager Aaron Conniff- Broome .
In a space of 4 minutes Vilciu added her 2nd following a Jess Gray free kick, Wheatley lobbed the keeper to make it 6-1 and then scored her 5th from a very narrow angle
With the Hillians in total control Wheatley’s shot then him the bar before she made it 8-1 in the dying minutes of the half following a good pass from Bardea .
The 2nd half started well with Wheatley scoring her 7th within a minute from a Jade Chapman pass but with a niggling knee injury was then replaced by Caithlin Garden making her debut .
The urgency then seemed to disappear from the game as the team honed their passing skills and disappointingly with just 20 secs to go Thamesview scored their 2nd.
This was a really excellent display where every player played their full part, and gives confidence for the season ahead .
The last time the team had scored 9 goals in a FA Cup game was way back in 1990 against Portsmouth !!
Squad :- Alex Monteiro : Ellie Lawrence, Penny Gittins [Capt] ,Hayley Nash , Nia Hall ; Katie Palios , Maria-Madalina Bardea; Dee Vilciu, Jade Chapman, Jess Gray; Keeley Wheatley
Subs used :- Caitlin Garden , Casey Dunford, Lottie Pollendine