Redemption for Amersham & Chalfont. Glory for Alderley Edge

Alderley Edge celebrate winning the shootout

Investec Women’s Vase Final. Sweet redemption for Amersham and Chalfont

Amersham and Chalfont 2 (0)
Alice Keddy 54 (FG)
Lissy Humphris 62 (PC)

Formby 1 (1)
Alexandra Vine 19 (PC)

Amersham and Chalfont exorcised the demons of their finals defeat 12 months ago with a dramatic 2-1 win over Formby in the Investec Women’s Vase Final. Alexandra Vine had given Formby the lead in the first half but strikes form Alice Keddy and a late penalty corner from Lissy Humphris ensured the trophy went back with Shay O’Connell’s side.

The opening goal came from Formby skipper Vine. Her bullet strike from the penalty corner found the net via a defender’s stick. Chances were hard to come by as both sides grappled for control of the midfield. Olivia Tomlinson had the best chance of the half for Amersham and Chalfont, breaking free with just the goalkeeper to beat but Jasmine Price was out like lightning to make the save. Alice Keddy also had a chance just before half time but her improvised shot flashed just wide, meaning Formby led at the break.

Amersham spent the opening exchanges of the second period camped in the Formby half but the Blues’ defence and in particular the outstanding Becky Dunne were in resolute form. Formby went close from a penalty corner but then Amersham re-asserted control. Their pressure paid off with 16 minutes to go as Keddy broke free down the right, cut in and kept her cool to slot home.

With the game going into the final ten minutes deadlocked it was getting tense. Amersham forced another penalty corner and despite the move breaking down, Lissy Humphris kept the move alive and slotted home, sending the noisy A&C fans wild. Some late pressure came from Formby came to nothing and Amersham were not to be denied.

Women's Investec Trophy Final: Alderley have the Edge over Harrogate in shootout.

Harrogate 1
Eleanor Start 18 (FG)

Alderley Edge 1 
Sarah Hopkin 58 (PS)

Alderley Edge win 5-4 after shootout

Harrogate were edged out in the final of the Investec Women's Trophy with Alderley Edge after a dramatic shoot out sent the title home with the Cheshire side.   

Alderley Edge started strongly with their forwards immediately testing keeper Carolyn Hurst. Amanda Bennison went close, connecting with a pass from Jen Park only for it to rocket over the goal. Harrogate were slow to get started and the Edge pressed on the defence forcing Hurst to make some all important saves.

The Yorkshire side found momentum and after the Cheshire team left their defence open Harrogate took full advantage on the counter attack seeing Eleanor Start beat the keeper one-on-one to get the first goal of the game. As half time approached Alderley Edge were creating chances but were struggling to finish leaving them 1-0 at the half-time mark.

The second half saw Alderley Edge dictating the play. Park was doing everything she could in the circle to find the equaliser. Harrogate Captain Lucy Wood saw yellow and the black shirts took full advantage winning a penalty stroke after a Harrogate foot on the line. Sarah Hopkin coolly stepped up and slotted it away to give the Edge the goal they deserved making it level 1-1.

Both teams pressed on as the clock went down but it wasn’t enough drawing 1-1 at full time. This resulted in a shoot out.

Harrogate missed their first two with Alderley Edge scoring theirs, putting them on the verge of clinching the title. Harrogate’s goalkeeper saved the next two, and Wood and Hall scored leaving it all level. The atmosphere was tense as the shoot out went to sudden death. The teams traded goals until Edge's Izzy Reyonold-Duff scored leaving it down to Sagar from Harrogate but Harriet Whittaker was not to be beaten and saved, clinching the title for her team.

Captain Claire Newton spoke to England Hockey afterwards, watch the interview below.