Ladies Win Seven Goal Thriller
K's come from two down at half time to win against Luton Town Development 4-3.
Like Pep Guardiola yesterday, today we were looking to end an uncomfortably long sequence of games without a win – five to be exact. We were without the services of Olivia Watson, Chloe Bailey, Saskia Veldhuizen and Vicky Cockle for our lunchtime home kick off against Luton Town Development, but we were able to welcome Becky Roberts into the team for her debut.
From the kick off we were straight away on the front foot taking the game to Luton. However, with only 10 minutes on the clock a mix up between goalkeeper and defence allowed a Luton striker to nip in and prod the ball home to give Luton the lead against the run of play. 0-1. Back we went on to the offensive, dominating possession and getting into dangerous positions time after time only for the final pass or shot to be lacking the necessary quality. Half an hour in and a great ball carved open the Luton defence and saw Bethan John race through, round the keeper and bury the ball into the back of the Luton net. Celebrations were short-lived however as, with a linesman flagging, the referee decided to chalk off Bethan’s goal for a rather debatable offside. Worse was to follow in the 40th minute when a freak long range effort from a Luton player looped over the head of Coral Robinson in goal. Half-time came with us feeling rather aggrieved not to be ahead let alone 0-2 down.
The second half began in the same vein as the first with Kingstonian’s midfield of Hanna Robson, Becky Roberts and Mairead Halliday dominating possession but unable to find a striker who had her shooting boots on. Finally, after 60 minutes, a route one ball over the Luton defence saw Renae Huggan-Broughton race through and coolly slot the ball past the outrushing keeper to bring us back into the game 1-2. Only a couple of minutes later came the goal of the game as Charlotte Willis-Sloanes cut in from the right wing and unleashed a vicious dipping shot over the Luton goalkeeper’s head to make it 2-2.
It was all Kingstonian for a while after that, as we scented victory, and sure enough with 70 minutes on the clock a long range effort from Annie Jenkins evaded the Luton keeper and, although it was slowing as it reached the goal, just made it over the line before a lurking Sophia Demetriou pounce to make absolutely sure. Sophia generously acknowledged however that it was indeed Annie’s goal.
There looked like only one winner after that, but there were a couple more twists to come in this game. On 75 minutes a long range Luton free-kick was spilled and two Luton strikers go there before our defenders to, between them, force the ball home 3-3.
Back came the never-say-die Kingstonian Ladies and we battered the Luton defence. Finally, with only 7 or 8 minutes to go, a free-kick outside the area from Hanna Robson was fired into the Luton area, and the goalkeeper was able only to push the ball up on to the crossbar and then see it roll over the line behind her. 4-3. After that we were all looking at our watches, but we still had to see out a considerable amount of injury time before the referee finally drew proceedings to a close on an absolute thriller. Credit goes to a young Luton team for making this such an exciting spectacle. FT 4-3.
Team: Coral Robinson, Georgina Wickham, Nele Quast (c), Annie Jenkins, Lucy Potter, Becky Roberts, Hanna Robson, Mairead Halliday, Renae Huggan-Broughton, Sarah Sinkins, Bethan John
Subs: Charlotte Willis-Sloanes, Sophia Demetriou, Laura Joseph, Elesha Edman
Goalscorers: Renae Huggan-Broughton, Charlotte Willis-Sloanes, Annie Jenkins, Hanna Robson
Player of the match: Lucy Potter (pictured)