Thanet Colts Ladies match result on Sunday saw them progress to the next round of the Kent FA plate after a hard-fought victory over Diamond United Blues Women.
The game promised to be a hard-fought tie from the outset, with Diamond United first on the score sheet 10 minutes from half time, Colts were then forced to show what they can produce under pressure. Sandra Nightingale levelled the scoring just one minute later after a great passage of play from Colts.
Diamond United fought back well and before half time they had scored a second to put themselves into the lead going into the second half.
The thought of losing their place in the cup didn’t sit well with Colts, their second half teamwork, determination resulted in another goal from midfielder Sandra Nightingale and the score was level at 2-2.
With 90 minutes up the Ladies were facing their first extra time of the season, they reacted in style with a goal coming quickly from Hannah Chapman to put Colts into the lead for the first time in the game.
Colts fought hard to hold out their lead to the final whistle, however a long range shot from Diamond United forced keeper Jade Arthur to make a great save, but the rebound fell straight to Diamond United to once again level the score line.
The final whistle blew at 3-3 and penalties were on the cards! Harriet Woolston, Sandra Nightingale, Tia Holland, Amy Robinson and Jade Arthur all stepped up to take penalties for Colts. The shootout looked to be as close as the game had been, until Keeper Jade Arthur forced a miss from Diamond’s fourth penalty taker, only to step up next and score her own from the spot to win the game for Thanet Colts Ladies.
Another well-earned victory for this group of ladies, showing they won’t go down easily and will give all it takes to progress in this competition.
George Woolston and Jamie Galloway