Penalty shoot-out heartbreak as St Albans City Youth lose U16 girls County Cup final

PUBLISHED: 06:30 15 April 2019

St Albans City Youth U16 girls lost on penalties to Watford in the Herts County Cup final.

St Albans City Youth U16 girls lost on penalties to Watford in the Herts County Cup final.

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There was heartbreak for St Albans City Youth U16 girls as they lost 3-2 on penalties to Watford in the final of the County Cup.

It was a disappointing end to what was a tremendous game of football that had finished 1-1 after extra time.

Watford had broken the deadlock in the first half with a header but the St Albans Girls were level by the break thanks to a superb long range shot from Mia Pinkham.

City found themselves under pressure in the second half from a well organised Watford side but a strong defence and outstanding performance from goalkeeper Nicole Gair denied them a vital second goal.

Extra time saw chances at both ends and there was concern for Saints’ Abbie Scalon who had to be stretchered off with a severe ankle sprain.

Gair pulled off two saves in the shoot-out and Pinkham and Maz Horne-Batet were both successful but Watford were just able to edge home.

The players of the match were Anna Gifford and Katie Weaver.

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