Golden Goal Helps Olton Win in Investec Women's Cup

HIGH-flying Olton and West Warwickshire bounced back from their first league defeat on Saturday when they beat Conference North outfit Beeston in the second round of the Investec Women’s Cup on Sunday.

But Olton had to rely on a golden goal to secure their passage through to round three, Emma McCabe (pictured) scoring on 64 minutes to send the match into extra time and then again on 77 minutes to play their ‘get out of jail free’ card.

Emma McCabe, Olton

Jo Hunter had scored Beeston’s goal shortly after half time to put her team ahead.

Elsewhere, Sutton Coldfield also needed a golden goal to reach the third round, winning 3-2 at home against Premier Division rivals Bowdon Hightown.

Two goals in two minutes mid-way through the first half from Sally Walton and Vicky Woolford made it 1-1 at the break. Bowdon went ahead through Nat Wray on 36 minutes before Celia Butler levelled again with a 42nd minute field goal.

But Woolford struck again in the third minute of extra time to secure the win.

A hat-trick from Els Mansell helped Clifton beat hosts Taunton Vale 7-0, while other goals came from Liz Sutton, Zoe Leach, Ella Rafferty and Emily Kirkham.

Firebrands were holding University of Birmingham 1-1 at half time, with Sarah page’s early goal having been cancelled out by the home side’s Kathryn Bache on 11 minutes.

But the Premier Division side scored on 43 and 51 minutes through Ashley Craddock and Rhiannon Rogers to book their place in the next round.

Boots secured an emphatic 5-1 win over Ben Rhydding in their second round clash, Claire Gribbin scoring two goals while others came from Rebecca Simms, Ali Walker and Kate Hyde.

League rivals Brooklands Poynton and Whitley Bay and Tynemouth met in the cup on Sunday, and it was Brooklands who emerged 3-1 victors.

Whitley Bay took the lead with Bev Finlay scoring on 18 minutes, but the hosts hit back through Kelly Baxter on 33 minutes. But second half goals from Helen Armishaw and another from Baxter sealed the win.

Goals from Jess Bloom and Lauren Thomas helped Buckingham secure a 2-1 win over Wimbledon, whose goal came with two minutes to go from Laura Stone.

A hat-trick from Katie Hornsby helped Sevenoaks win 8-3 in their home clash with Woking. Jet Van Zalen and Nikki Lloyd both scored two goals, while Anna Frizoni added the other.

Woking goals came from Ali Lubbock, Kirsty Gaughan and Paula Nicholas.

Elsewhere, Oxford Hawks won 4-0 over Cambridge City, and Surbiton won 6-0 over Southgate with Chloe Strong and Emily Caldwell both scoring two goals.

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