AFC Wimbledon 8-0 Cambridge United
By George Jones – AFC Wimbledon Ladies (2/5/22).
Above: Another shot on goal for AFC Wimbledon yesterday at home to Cambridge United. Photo: Glyn Roberts.
AFC Wimbledon ended their season in style yesterday, running out 8-0 winners against Cambridge United at Carshalton Athletic FC in the FA Women’s National League Division One South-East.
The Dons went into the game looking to end the season in a strong fashion and put last weekend’s FAWNL Plate Final defeat to higher league Nottingham Forest behind them. Before the game, there was a touching tribute to long-standing player Katie Stanley who will retire from football at the end of the season.
The game itself saw Wimbledon get off to the perfect start as Rebecca Carter’s cross was deflected in off a Cambridge defender to give the Dons the lead with less than five minutes on the clock.
Five minutes later, Wimbledon doubled their lead with Rebecca Carter again involved as her shot hit the post before Emily Donovan scored the rebound. Just before the 30-minute mark, it was 3-0 as Gloria Siber scored after a brilliant run beating several defenders in the process.
With Wimbledon 3-0 up at halftime, manager Kevin Foster took the opportunity to make a double change with Amy Taylor coming on alongside Angel Fower who was making her farewell appearance for the Dons before going to America.
Less than five minutes into the second half, Dons further extended their lead as Hannah Billingham scored an incredible lob from over 30 yards whilst close to the touchline. With 55 minutes on the clock the moment all connected to AFC Wimbledon been waiting for happened as Ashlee Hincks scored her 40th goal of the season in all competitions by scoring her side’s fifth goal of the afternoon.
With 30 minutes left it was 6-0 as Emily Donovan converted from close range to get her second of the game. Ten minutes later, Molly Childerhouse got in on the action scoring her first goal for the Dons with an excellent finish from close range. With five minutes left, there was a fairy tale ending for Angel Fowler who scored an excellent header after a brilliant flick on by Amy Taylor to ensure Fowler signed off from the Dons in perfect fashion.
As the final whistle blew with the Dons 8-0 winners, there was confirmation that Ashlee Hincks had won the league golden boot award adding to the club player of the year award she had won the previous day. There was also confirmation that Faye Baker had kept the most clean sheets in the league meaning she would win the Golden Glove award.
El Sueno Tequila Player of the Match Emily Donovan said “We didn’t quite get the end to the season that we wanted. No lie, we wanted promotion at the very start of this year, but we finished off as strong as we could and that is testament to the group, the people behind the players, and the whole set up at the club so we are happy today.”
First-team coach Andy May said “It’s a really pleasing positive result. We said earlier in the week we were going to take it seriously even though we know that the promotion push is not there, so it’s really pleasing because there are elements there that we have been working on for months, and its really good to see them in that performance today so we finish on a high which is so important to us.”
Teams: AFC WIMBLEDON: Allen, Oliver, Highman (Fowler), Sargent (Childerhouse), Billingham, Mann (Taylor), Stow (Sampson), Donovan, Siber, Hincks, Carter (Russell).
Scorers: Carter, Donovan (2), Siber, Billingham, Hincks, Childerhouse, Fowler.
CAMBRIDGE UNITED: Webb, Bennett, Otten, Burt, Fox, Jenkins, Stojko-Down, Rouse, Griffin, Fraser, Marden. Substitutes: Waygood, Davies, Pamplin, Hodgson, Barker.
FA Women’s National League Division One South-East Final Table: