Pheninckx rises from the ashes to fire Grinstead into the final

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East Grinstead 1 (0)
Malou Pheninckx 24 (FG)

Bowdon Hightown 0 (0)

A 24th minute strike from East Grinstead’s Malou Pheninckx was enough to give the Sussex side revenge for last year’s final defeat and more importantly, a place in today’s final against Canterbury.

In a tight encounter, the 24-year-old kept her cool in the circle to slot in what turned out to be the decisive goal.

The game started out as a cagey affair with both sides seemingly weighing up their opponents. East Grinstead threatened first with a penalty corner from Takara Haines that flashed just wide of the target.

With 11 minutes on the clock, East Grinstead forced another corner. Amy Tennant rushed from her line and blocked superbly, setting up a counter attack for Holly Hunt who won a penalty corner. Sally Walton took the shot but Becky Waters made a splendid save to keep it out. Haines blasted another penalty corner just wide as Grinstead pushed hard for the opener.

Hunt forced a good save from Waters after a good advantage from the umpires but despite plenty of endeavour from both sides it remained goalless at the break.

After the break Sian French cleared off the line from a penalty corner but with 24 minutes Malou Pheninckx kept calm to slot in the opener. It could have been even better for the Sussex team just moments later as they were awarded a penalty stroke. Joanna Davis stepped up but her effort flew wide of the target. A superb run by Haines almost brought a second but her shot flashed wide of the target. At the other end Tina Cullen did well to break free and forced a good save from Waters.

Bowdon continued to threaten but it was East Grinstead who carved out the better chances. Tennant made a smart stop to keep out Bara Kavanova’s penalty corner with just over six minutes left. Walton was denied by Waters in the East Grinstead goal as the defending champions threw everything forwards in search of the equaliser. A combination of fine goalkeeping and fine defending kept them at bay and earned East Grinstead a final place by the narrowest of margins.

Despite the euphoria of the win, East Grinstead captain Joanna Davis was determined to stress the job was not done: 

The Women's Final between Canterbury and East Grinstead is live on BT Sport 2 at 16:00.