Mixed weekend for Wapping women
PUBLISHED: 12:00 15 February 2017
Away win followed by home loss in East League
Wapping’s women experienced mixed fortunes in their East League double-header at the weekend.
They ran out 4-2 winners at Bromley & Beckenham on Saturday, but then lost by the odd goal in five against Cambridge University a day later.
Greeted with heavy snow at Bromley, Wapping took only five minutes to make the breakthrough as Aoife Smyth and Becky Hart combined with Aisling McKeon and Lotta Paulus, before Jade White and Jordan Mulvaney linked up for Lucy Todd to sweep home.
But the home side were back on terms on 26 minutes, converting a short corner to ensure honours were even at half time, and a quick counter-attack led to a neat deflected finish to put them ahead after the restart.
Wapping rallied, led by Kate O’Sullivan, and Fran Sutton, Mulvaney, White and Ciara Murphy attacked the circle from both sides.
Stand-in right-back Belinda Armstrong intercepted a string of passes and shone on the right, before Canadian international Katelynn Roganowicz pounced on a defensive error to level.
Paulus then forced a turnover and beat three defenders, before firing a superb shot into the left corner to put Wapping in front and a fine move involving Sarah Burke, Smyth and McKeon led to Todd claiming her second goal to seal the points.
Wapping were always chasing Sunday’s game against Cambridge University after conceding inside 30 seconds.
Roganowicz got them back on terms before the break with a fine solo effort, but the students regained the lead after the restart and went 3-1 up with a well-timed deflection from a quick break.
Intense Wapping pressure led to a second goal late on, as McKeon converted from the penalty spot, but it was only a consolation.
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