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FT 14th November 2021 1:00 PM
Chapel Gate
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Women make FA Cup history

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AFC Bournemouth Women are into the second round proper of the FA Cup for the first time in the club's history. 

Goals from Becki Bath and Lucy Cooper, who was making her first team debut, ensured the Cherries overcame local opposition, Bournemouth Sports, by a 2-1 scoreline. 

Steve Cuss' side now eagerly await the draw, which takes place at 2pm today, to discover their opponents in the next round. 

Following yesterday's game at Chapel Gate, the manager spoke with afcb.co.uk about the performance. 

"I've got to say it was a tough, close game," he began.

"First and foremost, I'm delighted to be in the hat for the second round which is a little bit of history for the football club.

"Full credit to Bournemouth Sports, I thought they were excellent and they made it really difficult for us.

"We were a little bit disappointed with our performance, it dropped below our normal standards and it was a tight finish in the end. 

"As the rounds go on, it gets harder and harder with the calibre of teams you can get.

"Everyone has a real buzz about the draw come early afternoon, so we're now looking forward to seeing who we get." 

Cuss continued by discussing the impact of 16-year-old Cooper, who has progressed through the AFC Bournemouth youth teams over the years. 

"I'm absolutely delighted for Lucy. She's been with us throughout the youth age groups scoring lots of goals.

"At the start of this season, we wanted to bring her in and train ahead of time with the first team because she wasn't quite old enough.

"Since her 16th birthday, she's been available for selection and we were delighted to be able to get her onto the pitch for her first team debut.

It was great to see her score what was such a crucial goal in the end. I'm delighted for Lucy with all her hard work, hopefully there's plenty more to come." 

Cuss concluded by discussing the impact of another player, new recruit Jade Bradley who signed from Portsmouth earlier in the week. 

The midfielder started the game in what was her first appearance for the club just two days after putting pen to paper. 

"We started Jade as we felt she'd trained hard with the team on Friday," Cuss added. 

"We wanted to get her straight in, so we were really impressed. Her ability on the ball was brilliant and I'm sure she'll get to know the players more in the coming weeks of training.

"She'll have even more influence as the weeks go on and she had a really impressive performance." 


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