|It was the first ever meeting between the two sides, and it was Cheshunt that made the quickest start when Cheshunt forward Karesha Iton had a couple of chances within the first 5 minutes, a low shot was well saved by the Sudbury goalkeeper and another chance to make it 1-0 when a long ball from Karesha Iton found Zara Watts who cut the ball back to Karesha but unfortunately it did not have the power to beat the goalkeeper and went into the side netting.
The hosts come close to scoring on 11 minutes when a dangerous corner was cleared off the line by the Cheshunt defence.
Cheshunt did not have to wait long to break the deadlock, when, on 14 minutes, the visitors made it 1-0 after a long throw in wasn’t cleared, and on the half volley, Karesha Iton’s shot went past the Sudbury goalkeeper and into the back of the net.
The remaining 20 minutes of the first half saw a number of chances from both Cheshunt and Sudbury to add to the score line, first, the hosts came very close to making it 1-1 on 26 minutes, when it took a fantastic save by Sarah in the Cheshunt goal to keep the score at 1-0 after a free header following a dangerous corner. Then on the half an hour mark, Cheshunt should have made it 2-0, when a great corner from Kelly Smith was met by Jade Beckett who’s header went just over the crossbar. The end of the half saw the hosts have another corner, which came to the edge of the box and their shot went wide of the Ambers goal. The half time whistle ended an exciting first half with the score AFC Sudbury 0 Cheshunt 1.
When the second kicked off, it was the hosts that made the quickest start with two shots in as many minutes, the first one saved by Sarah Walker in the Ambers goal and the second going just over the crossbar. There was another chance for Cheshunt in the 50th minute to increase their lead, when a Zara Watts pass again found Karesha Iton who shot from the edge of the box and straight into the Sudbury goalkeeper arms.
It was Sudbury who scored next and their equaliser came on 60 minutes when Phoebe Guiver let loose a curling shot from the edge of the box and beat Sarah in the Cheshunt goal. The hosts should have made it 2-1 seven minutes later when a long ball found one of the Sudbury forwards, who went one on one with Sarah Walker who made a fantastic save that kept Cheshunt in the match
Both sides had a chance to win the match near the end of game, first Cheshunt had a chance to make it 1-2, when a corner from Kelly Smith found Natasha Smits who smash her shot wide. Then on 85 minutes it was Sudbury who came close to winning the match, when, after a great run from the Sudbury midfield, they had a great shot at goal, but the shot was just off target.
The full time score finished AFC Sudbury Women 1 Cheshunt Women 1.
The two sides sharing the points in an entertaining match in Suffolk.
Match report by Alessandro Morrealle.
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