It’s been a dazzling start to the season for Watford Ladies FC with impressive wins across the board. The First Team got their FA Cup campaign off to a flying start with a convincing 8-1 thrashing of Mortimer FC in the first qualifying round. Rebecca Lovelace, who was first to find the back of the net, went on to score a superb hat trick, with Lily Hall bagging two. There were also goals for Sophia Amanor and Francesca Grazioli, who scored a penalty. Recently appointed coach Jordan Williams was impressed with the performance: “The team showed unity and determination with a solid defence, a creative midfield and tenacity up front”.
In the Junior Premier League every WLFC team from U12s through to U18s won their games. Amongst the highlights was a tense thriller as the U15 Warriors beat Tottenham 4-3 in the first group game of the JPL Cup. Cassidy Davies put Watford in front with a delightful chip. Ella Weaver fired home to double the lead before a strong Tottenham, dangerous on the flanks, fired in two in quick succession to equalise. Watford didn't panic and two minutes later Davies slotted her second past the keeper, with Eva Delaney then finding the net after an Amy Moynihan through ball. Tottenham pulled a goal back, but Watford held on for a well-earned victory to the delight of the home support.
The U12s took on South Coast visitors Sussex Girls RTC, running out 6-3 winners with five different goal scorers and a brace from the impressive Isla O’Sullivan. And there was a rewarding journey north for the U18s, where goals from Maya Shah, Safiya Dean and a lovely half volley from Savannah Lamont sealed a stylish 3-1 win away to Nottingham Forest.
Chairman Andrew Lovelace was delighted: “What a fabulous weekend of football demonstrating the strength and depth of the club. We’re looking forward to an exciting season ahead”.
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