MATCH REPORT | Cup Final: Wrexham Women 3-2 Rhyl Development

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sun 28 Apr 2019

Wrexham Women secured their first piece of silverware since their reformation in a dramatic League Cup Final at Bala Town's Maes Tegid against Rhyl Development.

The Dragons secured the silverware in a second half full of drama with sensational goals from talented youngsters Kim Dutton and Morgan Churchill. 

The game began with Rhyl coming out strong crafting numerous chances early on with a number of set-pieces forcing goalkeeper Alex Jones into action.

Wrexham's first opportunity to strike at goal came through Lauren Reese who's tame effort was comfortably saved by the Lilywhites ' keeper.

As the game progressed it became end to end but neither side could really test each other's goals as the two defences stood strong, it was to no surprise that although an entertaining half on display, neither side could break the deadlock before the break.

Half-Time: Wrexham Women 0-0 Rhyl Development 

At half-time, Wrexham were forced into making a switch with Ellie Quayle - who'd put in an impressive performance - injured and was switched for Morgan Churchill. Whilst goalkeeper Alex Jones also made way for Kat Jones between the sticks.

Just two minutes into the second period the deadlock was finally broken with the pendulum swinging Wrexham's way.

The Dragons got forward and the ball found it's way to Kim Dutton on the edge of the box where her low shot towards goal was deflected, bypassing the goalkeeper and finding it's way into the bottom corner.

Dutton almost had a second moments later when her free-kick from 25-yards out was spilled by the goalkeeper, but she recovered to claim the ball.

Rhyl fought back well and had a shot saved well by Kat Jones but were almost caught on the counter-attack by Savanah Palin who's excellent run down the left was denied by a great save. 

On 54 minutes Rhyl got themselves back in the contest after a goalmouth scramble saw the ball squeezed over the line by Nat Harrison despite the efforts of Jones in goal.

The referee hadn't initially given the goal before consulting with her linesmen who spotted the effort cross the line. 

Chances were flowing in the second half with a one one one for Rhyl destined for what surely would have been 2-1 flagged for offside before Dutton had another effort just fly wide. 

Wrexham pressed once more with an effort go over the bar from Reese before a piece of magic from youngster Churchill giving Wrexham the lead once more.

Abbey Hughes' cross from the left was headed away by a defender before Churchill hit the sweetest of volley's into the back of the net in what will be a contender for any goal of the season award. 

With Rhyl now seeking another leveller, they flowed forward constantly before the officials handed the Seasiders a lifeline with a controversial penalty call.

A cross from the right was headed clear by Jessie Griffiths, only for the linesmen to signal for handball. Sade Benjamin brushed off any pressure as she stepped up to equalise with less than 15 minutes to go.

With three minutes remaining it looked as it we were destined for extra-time, with both sides having drawn with each other 2-2 twice already this season, but that particular stat finally diminished in dramatic fashion.

Substitute Teleri Williams - who moments earlier clattered into the advertising hoardings - shrugged off any injury by crossing a wonderful low ball into the box for fellow sub Churchill to slot away her second of the afternoon to make it 3-2.

With seven minutes of stoppage time there were certainly some close encounters late on, as a Rhyl corner was greeted by a wonderful header that Kat Jones stunningly tipped over.

In the end Wrexham hung on for a historic victory, their first ever piece of silverware with a squad of players brought through the club's system.

Manager Luke Wynne will be hoping it's the first of many with jubilant celebrations come the final whistle, with captain Abbey Hughes lifting the title on a fantastic afternoon for Wrexham.

Wrexham AFC Women: A.Jones (K.Jones 45), Lear, Clifton-Stringer, Griffiths, Hughes (c) (Wright 71), Dutton, Buckley, Quayle (Churchill 45), Reese, Palin, Richards (Williams 80).

Goals: Wrexham - Dutton (47) Churchill (69, 87) Rhyl - Harrison (55), Benjamin (77)

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