Cowes Ladies made history on Sunday (25th) as they faced East Cowes Victoria Athletic Ladies in the Hampshire County Women’s Football League. The first women’s Island derby game!

With a lot of animosity in the air, the game started strong for East Cowes as they made multiple opportunities including hitting the crossbar. The Cowes Keeper made a number of incredible, agile saves. There was an even amount of attack in the middle of the pitch with pacy wingers pushing the ball forward on both sides.

As the half-time whistle blew with a 0-0 score, the teams regrouped and went into the second half with so much determination, battling with many feisty, fair tackles, giving it their all. East Cowes dominated the number of shots on goal, with additional crossbar shots. But Cowes Ladies came out on top in the final 2 minutes. With a ball put through to Charlotte Skeggs, which she finished simply past the Keeper.

The atmosphere on the Cowes Ladies side was crazy! The pitch erupted with applause.

Cowes Ladies Manager, Laurence Chick commented “What a result for the Island History books! I am still ecstatic. It was a great game by both teams, but it was brilliant to see our Ladies dominate and play as a unit. I could not have asked any more of them. I am absolutely proud to be part of the Cowes Ladies Family.”

Cowes Team

Starters:

Paula Redden – 1

Jenny Chisholm – 2
Charlee Robers – 6
Charlotte Skeggs – 7
Jessica Penton – 9
Christina Cave – 10
Angelika Tatchell – 13
Hanneke Velthoven – 16
Natasha Thornton (Captain) – 17
Michelle Tonks – 18
Chantelle Russel – 21

Subs:
Chloe Olivia Seager – 3
Malandra Lily Reed – 8
Mandy Hayles – 11
Katie Morris – 12
Abi Squires – 14