Sherrardswood book final spot

PUBLISHED: 17:40 26 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:17 26 October 2009

Jo Meakins in action

Jo Meakins in action

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Arlesey Town Ladies 2 Sherrardswood Ladies 3 (aet) SHERRARDSWOOD Ladies have booked their place in the final of the Beds & Herts County Women s League Cup. The Sherrardswood players were celebrating on Sunday after beating Arlesey Town 3-2 at their home

Arlesey Town Ladies 2 Sherrardswood Ladies 3 (aet)

SHERRARDSWOOD Ladies have booked their place in the final of the Beds & Herts County Women's League Cup.

The Sherrardswood players were celebrating on Sunday after beating Arlesey Town 3-2 at their home ground in the semi-final of the competition.

Arlesey put up a good fight and opened the scoring in the first half.

Sherrardswood equalised before half-time through left winger Sue Hart.

The Herts side played a very attacking game in the first half and were battling against the wind on Arlesey's open pitch.

The Bedfordshire club regained the lead in the second half when a corner kick ended up in the back of the net.

Arlesey continued to put pressure on the Sherrardswood defence.

Goalkeeper Paula Collis judged the play well by punching out a well-struck shot and the defence cleared up other efforts to deny the hosts any further goals.

The tie turned on a free-kick from Jo-Ann Meakins that enabled Jax Bryceland to run on and strike the ball towards the keeper.

The Arlesey stopper fumbled it and Jax took advantage by firing home the loose ball for a deserved equaliser to take the game into an additional 30 minutes.

The match became very tense in extra time with both teams desperate to reach the final.

Arlesey's hopes were shattered when a corner kick from Emily Davey into the box was converted by Hart to put her side 3-2 up in the first period of extra time.

The Sherrardswood defence then stood firm, led by Kirstie Donovan.

A few extra minutes were added on for injuries, which seemed to last forever before Sherrardswood could celebrate reaching their first county cup final.

Sherrardswood Ladies will now play league leaders Leighton Linslade in the battle for the silverware in May.

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