Full Report: Lapish strikes to keep Lady Citizens faint title-hopes alive

PUBLISHED: 10:46 24 April 2009 | UPDATED: 22:01 26 October 2009

AN injury-time strike from Jody Lapish kept WGC Ladies' faint hopes for the South East Combination championship, and with it the possibility of promotion. Lapish struck the late winner in a 2-1 win over Lewes Ladies. The two teams served to cancel each ot

AN injury-time strike from Jody Lapish kept WGC Ladies' faint hopes for the South East Combination championship alive, and with it the possibility of promotion.

Lapish struck the late winner in a 2-1 win over Lewes Ladies.

The two teams served to cancel each other out in a game of few chances.

The pattern of the game was constant pressure from an attack-minded Lady Citizens with Lewes content to soak up the pressure and counter-attack.

WGC took a deserved lead in the 20th minute. Fiery Samantha Gillings, received the ball on the wide left and played an angled pass into the penalty area.

Sophie Thompson anticipated it perfectly and beat the Lewes defence to the ball to tap in from six yards.

Lewes came close in the 32nd minute from a free-kick on the edge of the Welwyn penalty area.

Up stepped Helen Whitton to strike a sweet shot which was superbly headed over by the Welwyn skipper Sheree Oliver.

Lewes equalised in the 40th minute when substitute Kirsty Spice beat the offside trap.

With only keeper Verity Crook to beat, she calmly lobbed the ball into the net.

The second half was much the same as the first but Lewes had the better chances.

A shot from the right edge of the Welwyn area was deflected past the diving Crook, who was relieved to see the ball bounce off the far post and back into her arms.

Welwyn continued to press forward but were unable to pierce the Lewes defence.

Lewes went close again in the 89th minute when, with only Crook to beat the Lewes forward was unable to lob the ball over her.

With the game looking likely to end in a draw, which would have ended WGC's hopes of the championship, in injury time the ball found its way to Oliver on the right.

Her cross was inch perfect and Lapish bravely headed the ball past Gower in the Lewes goal.


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