In a commanding performance on a rainy Sunday morning in the Thorpe Park U16 Girls Final, Crystal Palace claimed a resounding 0-5 victory over AFC Wimbledon.
The charge started early in the game, with a goal in the 2nd minute by Asheya Patrick, courtesy of a well-placed cross from Tecla Ezeh on the left wing.
Palace continued their dominance throughout the first half, displaying good organisation and composure on the ball. Nelly Guest was in the heart of it for Palace as she orchestrated each attack by playing out seamlessly from the back. They doubled their lead in the 10th minute with a goal by Rhianna Fowler, who dribbled past the keeper and scored into an empty net.
Despite Wimbledon's attempts to fight back, led by their midfield maestro Hanna Hevesy, Palace pushed forward, and in the 40th minute, Tecla Ezeh found the back of the net from a lovely cross from the right flank, created by Elsa Ejup.
The second half saw a much-improved performance from AFC Wimbledon, with their captain Kanita Thrup driving the team forward in midfield. However, Palace continued to assert their dominance, scoring again in the 70th minute, with Tahalia Acheampong converting a volley from a corner to make it 4-0.
As the game entered the final 10 minutes, Asheya Patrick put the game beyond doubt, scoring her second goal of the game and Palace's fifth, burying the ball in the bottom right corner.
The game ended 5-0, with 104 people in attendance to witness Crystal Palace's commanding performance and their worthy victory in the cup final.
Goals (Palace): Asheya Patrick (2’ & 80’), Rhianna Fowler (10’), Tella Ezeh (40’), Tahalia Acheampong (70’)
MOTM (Palace): Zoe Harris
Referee: Keri Read
Assistant Referee: Elise Hornsey
Assistant Referee: Kate Ferris
Fourth Official: Jacqueline Bisley
Crystal Palace: Tahalia Acheampong, Zoe Harris, Makeba – Rosetta Black, Izzy Pilcher, Nelly Guest, Malaika Assie – Nkansah, Habeebat Gbajalamila, Hannah Willcox, Tella Ezeh, Rhianna Fowler, Siobhan McMahon, Asheya Patrick, Grace Dobson, Iris Lacey, Elsa Ejup, Annis Wright.
AFC Wimbledon: T.K Satigna Gianfagna, Rebeca Moling, Lara Rodriguez, Leona Sibhick, Tailha Gomez, Kanita Thrup, Sasha Walker, Rose Swlhem, Hanna Hevesy, Mia RuHand, Kayda Townsend, Lois Sexton, Isabella Vanogas.