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Southampton Women vs AFC Bournemouth at Stadion.Core.ViewModels.Matchday.LocationViewModel


Southampton Women


AFC Bournemouth

FT 3rd November 2019 2:00 PM
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Battling Women exit FA Cup

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AFC Bournemouth Women exited the FA Cup to National League opposition, Southampton Women FC.

AFC Bournemouth Women exited the FA Cup to National League opposition, Southampton Women FC.

Steve Cuss’ side battled well, but were defeated 3-1 at Romsey Town FC, Erin Thickett getting the only goal for the Cherries.

The hosts started well and had early chances in the game, former Yeovil Town striker Erin Bloomfield firing out of the ground from a Laura Vokes free-kick.

Jane Yeates then went close for Southampton, but Steph Small made herself big and averted the danger, before Aine McKeever almost found an opener from another ball in from Vokes.

However, with 22 minutes on the clock, Southampton found the target.

Left-back Hannah Samuels delivered a good ball to the back-post, where Yeates was waiting and volleyed home to break the deadlock.

Just over ten minutes later, the lead was doubled.

Bloomfield was the provider, with a powerful low cross coming in from the right, which deflected off centre-back Maisy Smith from an own goal.

The pressure from the hosts continued, as Tia Hooper went close from a Yeates cross, before Southampton made their chances count and added a third just before half-time.

Small saved Bloomfield’s initial shot well, but McKeever was there to tuck in the rebound at the second time of asking.

Following the interval, the Cherries came out firing and had the first chance of the half.

The ball was played into Thickett, who was denied by England under-19s ‘keeper Rose Kite, before Vokes could sweep the ball away.

A free-kick for Cuss’ side soon followed, with Hannah Bennett’s deep ball once again being met by the Southampton ‘keeper, who rose highest to claim the ball.

Meg Vella was next to chance her luck at goal, having a go from 30-yards, but the shot went high of the bar and didn’t threaten.

With the Cherries buoyed, Emma Davis won the ball from left-back and slalomed her way through the Southampton midfield, eventually getting a shot away from 20-yards, which Kite once again saved.

Nevertheless, with the clock ticking down, the visitors got what the second half performance deserved as Thickett found the net.

A superb flick from second-half substitute Helen Corbin left Thickett one-on-one and an inch-perfect finish over Kite was the least the Cherries deserved after a strong period of play.

With less than five minutes to go, Cuss’ side won a series of corners as they looked for a second, but it wasn’t to be and the game ended 3-1.

Despite the scoreline, the manager expressed his delight at the work-rate and endeavour of his players.

“There are a lot of positives from the second half,” said Cuss.

“We found ourselves 3-0 down at half time, so we gave ourselves a mountain to climb, but I challenged the players to come back after the break and respond and I thought in the second half we were very good.

“I think we can learn from whole FA Cup run and learn from today as well.

“Fair play to Southampton, they were excellent in the first half and we couldn’t really get tight to them to stop them playing, so we’ve got to learn from it and learn from playing against a team higher up in the pyramid.”  

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