BURGESS HILL TOWN LADIES WIN in 2nd Round of League Cup

Burgess Hill Town Ladies 4 [ Leonie Diatta (3) Maria Bardea ] Meridian 3 [AET}

Switching the game to 3G in Hassocks Sports Centre to beat the wet weather against Bexley based Premier Div side Meridian saw the Hillians characteristically “digging deep” to reach the ¼ final of the League Cup where they will play Bexley based Phoenix Sports from the Premier Div

It took less than 15 mins for the Hillians to take the lead, Leonie Diatta scoring from a narrow angle. In a hard working back four Lucy Kisilewska, making her first appearance of the season, broke down many Meridian attacks and just before half time keeper Casey Dunford made a great save to ensure that the Hillians remained ahead at the interval.

With keeper Dunford’s ankle giving problems Manager Mark Bishop gave Kalila Golding-Huckle a debut and she acquitted herself well.

Having a 16 strong squad [ and with “rolling subs” ] enabled the Hillians to vary their game and midway through the half Diatta scored her 2nd , only for Meridian to score 3 minute later . The Hillians worked hard to restore their 2 goal lead but with just minutes remaining Meridian scored again to take the game into extra time

The Hillians came into extra time determined to put the disappointment of conceding a late goal behind them and went ahead with Diatta completing her hattrick with a header from captain Sadie Ashby’s freekick, but once again Meridian showed great determination to draw level, however with the prospect of a penalty shootout looming Maria Bardea headed home the winner following Ellie Lawrence’s cross.

Squad :- Casey Dunford, Penny Gittins, Lucy Kisielewska, Ellie Lawrence, Jess Saunders, Hannah Harvey, Hayley Nash , Leonie Diatta, Sadie Ashby [Capt] , Maria Bardea, Jade Chapman

Subs:- Caitlin Garden, Nia Hall, Mica Saunders, Kalila Golding-Huckle, Sophie Jones

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