Dons book Capital Cup semi-final spot

AFC Wimbledon 3-1 Actonians

by George Jones – AFC Wimbledon (20/2/23)

Above: AFC Wimbledon celebrate a goal during their Capital Cup Quarter-Final tie with Actonians yesterday. Photo: Emily Topping.

AFC Wimbledon secured their spot in the semi-finals of the Capital Cup yesterday as goals from Billie Brooks, Ashlee Hincks, and Emma Plewa earned a 3-1 win over Actonians at Carshalton Athletic FC.

New signing Fran Ali featured on the bench whilst there was a first start since October for Lauren Allen who completed her return from injury.

Wimbledon made the perfect start as Brooks headed home Hincks’ corner with less than 90 seconds on the clock. Not content with one early goal, the hosts quickly doubled their lead less than a minute later as Hincks got on the end of an Emma Plewa cross to put the Dons 2-0 up. There was then a scare for Wimbledon 10 minutes later as an Actonians shot cannoned off both posts before Allen was able to claim the loose ball.

The home side could have had a third goal before the break as the visiting keeper Butler produced a fine save to deny Hincks before Emily Donovan struck the woodwork.

Wimbledon’s domination continued into the second half, leading to them increasing their lead. This time Plewa registered her first Dons goal as she headed home a rebound from close range.

With 20 minutes to go, Alessandra Barecca tucked away a penalty to record her 100th goal for Actonians after Rosie Russell was adjudged to have committed a foul.

After closing out the game, AFC Wimbledon head to a semi-final berth against fellow FA Women’s National League Division One South-East side Ashford Town (Middlesex).

Teams: AFC WIMBLEDON: Allen, Brooks, Highman, Taylor (Ali), Plewa, Hincks, 12 Stow, Donovan (Bath), Billingham, Dorey, Newman (Russell).

Scorers: Brooks 2′, Hincks 3′, Plewa 58′.

ACTONIANS: Butler, Ebine, Coomson, Ishmael, Shimitzu, Kanno, Graham, D’Santos, Netschova, Shakes, Ledezma-Viso. Substitutes: Williamson, Brereton, Barecca, Khan, Nee Chambers.

Scorer: Barecca (pen) 69′.

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