Ema ensures Wapping title
PUBLISHED: 10:00 30 July 2015
Women’s B team are victorious in summer league and club have success elsewhere
Wapping women’s B team scored late on against Redbridge & Ilford to win their most recent match and in the process secure the Summer League title this week.
A goal from Bee Hughes put the second string ahead, but they were pegged back, before Ema McCready’s strike ensured a 2-1 success and title glory.
Crostyx had beaten Wapping last week, but the east London club knew if they defeated bottom of the table Redbridge they would be crowned summer league champions.
They started the match in good spirits and dominated the turf for most of the first period.
But although they were awarded various penalty corners, Redbridge’s goalkeeper kept it goalless until Hughes managed to finally strike one into the net, cracking a rebound in from one of the numerous set-pieces.
It remained 1-0 at half time, but Redbridge upped the pressure after the break and soon levelled the scores.
Wapping kept their cool, though, and continued to dictate possession with Ali Scott, Katy Needham, Bea Dyer and Vanessa Singh going strong in midfield and pushing their team forward.
Only a win would ensure Wapping secured the league title and they pushed to get back in front and in the process become champions, but Redbridge were holding firm.
That was until captain Singh fired towards goal and McCready’s slight touch found the net to give Wapping the lead and make them champions.
The women’s A team finished second in their league behind Upminster, who finished four points ahead of them.
Lotta Paulus scored for Wapping in their final league encounter with Upminster, which ended in a 1-1 draw.
It was a similar story for the men’s B team as well.
They were only able to finish second in their Summer League behind the hosts Redbridge.
Again it was four points that separated the sides and Wapping faced Redbridge in their final clash of the summer.
They couldn’t win the title, but did defeat Redbridge 3-1 to end the campaign in style.
David van Stolk, Ryan D’Souza and Ben Bradish were on target against champions Redbridge to earn Wapping some consolation.
The men’s A team didn’t have a match to take part in this week and they were able to finish their league campaign in fourth.
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