Belles make winning start
AFC Wimbledon 1 London Colney 2 LONDON Colney Ladies got their season off to a flying start with maximum from three games. Having defeated Horley Town 3-2 with Stacey McGuinness netting twice
London and South East Regional Women's Football League
AFC Wimbledon 1 London Colney 2
LONDON Colney Ladies got their season off to a flying start with maximum from three games.
Having defeated Horley Town 3-2 with Stacey McGuinness netting twice and Giselle Subryan once, the Belles beat Wingate & Finchley 2-0 with singles from Becky Crawley and Kelly Randall.
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On Sunday, the Belles put up a superb display at AFC Wimbledon who were relegated last season from the South East Combination League.
Colney went into this game with six first team players missing but dominated the early possession with Elena Savra masterful in the heart of the midfield.
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The Dons took a shock lead when Colney were punished for failing to clear a corner kick.
The Belles pressed forward with Kelly Randall rampant down the left side and were awarded a penalty when Subryan was fouled. With regular penalty taker Becky Crawley missing, veteran striker Donna Flanagan stepped forward only to see her effort clip the top of the bar.
Colney introduced Shona Chitate at half time for the injured Mel Ovendon and she immediately forced the goalkeeper into a fine save.
The Dons went defensive with 20 mins remaining and Colney responded by going all out attack. Chitate equalised with a rasping shot from 25 yards.
The goal lifted the Belles and Donna Flanagan made up for earlier disappointment when she headed home a corner to seal a 2-1 win.
Manager Ray Flanagan said: "Last season if we had six players missing we would have been well and truly stuffed but with our new signings we have enough strength in the squad to cope.
"We have picked up Shone Chitate and Lisa Hayhoe from Harpenden, Susie Read from Northwood, Stacey Crump from West Ham and, with Bianca Hedgecock and Hannah Sumpter returning to the team, we have competition for places in all areas. We also hope to sign former QPR player Caroline Penwood to add an extra dimension to the right side of midfield. Crump, Randall, Flanagan and Savra were excellent and Shona Chitate when she came on was exceptional."
The Belles make the away trip to Little Hampton for a 2pm kick off on Sunday.