Selsey 0-5 AFC Wimbledon
by George Jones – AFC Wimbledon (14/11/22)
Above: Rosie Russell in possession for AFC Wimbledon at Selsey. Photo: Emily Topping via AFC Wimbledon.
AFC Wimbledon’s FA Cup run continued in fine fashion, winning 5-1 at FA Women’s National League Division One South-West side Selsey. Another Ashlee Hincks hat-trick and an Ellie Dorey brace ensured progression into the second round proper.
After beating QPR 7-1 in the previous round, the Dons were full of confidence going into the game.
However, the visitors got off to a poor start with Selsey forcing Dons ‘keeper Faye Baker into a couple of fine saves. Halfway through the first half, Selsey took advantage of a defensive mix-up with Natasha Wild opening the scoring for the home side.
With 10 minutes remaining of the first half, AFC Wimbledon were forced to make their first substitution of the day, as a clash in the opposition goalmouth ended in Megan Stow replacing defender Billie Brooks. Just before the end of the first half, Emily Donovan found the feet of Ellie Dorey, who had no issue converting the chance to level the score.
There was more drama before the break when Gloria Siber was brought down inside the penalty area. The referee showed Selsey’s Maisie Guymer the red card, and Ashlee Hincks buried the shot from the penalty spot, ensuring a 2-1 lead from the first 45.
In the second half, the Dons found another gear against the 10 Selsey players, and completely dominated the game. With 55 minutes on the clock, Wimbledon doubled their lead when Dorey bundled the ball in from close range, as the Selsey keeper failed to deal with a Hincks corner.
At 71 minutes, the Dons made their second substitution of the day, when Impetus-sponsored Mia Lockett replaced Ellie Dorey on the left wing.
Wimbledon continued to pile on the pressure, with both Lockett and Siber having some great runs on the wing.
With 10 minutes to go, Hincks got her second of the day after some lovely play from Siber down the right wing.
The Dons still had more in them, and in added time a Lockett pass reached Hincks, who completed her hat trick.
“We started a little bit slower than we wanted to, struggled a little bit with the heavy pitch. But once we finally got ourselves sorted and got the tempo to where we want it we turned up and welcomed ourselves to party.”Andy May, AFC Wimbledon coach.
The draw for the next round has been made and the Dons will host FA Women’s National League Southern Premier side Billericay Town (a league above Wimbledon) in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup 2nd round on Sunday 27th November.
Teams: SELSEY: Atterbury, Bacon, Fox, Hambleton, Holden, Howden, Lake, Sibley, Wild, Delillis, Guymer. Substitutes: Jones, Poling, Robinson.
Scorer: Wild 25′.
AFC WIMBLEDON: Baker, Russell, Brooks (Stow), Highman, Sampson, Mann, Taylor, Donovan, Siber, Hincks, Dorey (Lockett).
Scorers: Dorey 45′, 55′. Hincks (pen) 45+5′, 81′, 90′.