Brentford Women’s FC progressed through to the Quarter-Finals of the Capital Women's Intermediate Cup after a 3-1 win over Victoire Ladies on Sunday.
The Bees made the trip to Croydon to take on higher-division opposition and started on the front foot. That positive intent was rewarded after ten minutes as Rebekah Wiltshire pounced on a defensive error to round the keeper and tap home.
It wasn’t a match of many chances but those which were created were of the more clear-cut variety. Emily Boycott had to race off her line to deny Victoire’s Sherelle Walters shortly before Rhianna Allard saw her effort from the edge of the box crash back off the post. Chloe Webb and Gel Burgess had the first-half’s final pair of chances but they both failed to hit the target from inside the area.
The hosts should have been level early on in the second-half as Walters’ hit the post; somehow a Victoire midfielder then sent the resulting follow-up wide from six yards. It was a similar story shortly after as the returning Amber Langston-Lloyd was in the right place to clear off the line with the hosts again passing up a great opportunity from the rebound.
They were made to pay for those misses with 20 minutes to play as Wiltshire forced a fine low save from the home goalkeeper, the ball dropping to Allard who kept her composure to ride one challenge in the box and slot home from close range.
The home side did grab a life-line five minutes later as Walters beat the offside trap and finally got the better of Boycott. That goal only served to spur The Bees back into action as Jenn Amols Brett crashed a free-kick off the bar from 35 yards before Sophie Troth put the game to bed in the final few minutes.
With the Capital Women’s Cup being an open competition, the likes of Queens Park Rangers, Leyton Orient, and Ashford Town lie in wait for The Bees in the last eight. However, first it’s back to league action for Justin Ali and Nathan Mobey’s side next Sunday with an away game against Islington Borough at St Aloysius Playing Fields, kick-off 2pm.
Brentford Development FC had no competitive action yesterday but did secure a morale-boosting 2-2 friendly draw against Colne Valley. Julie Cartmell and Claire Wiener scored the goals as The Bees held higher-division opposition. They too return to league action next Sunday and face the daunting prospect of a trip to top-of-the-table Walton Casuals who have won nine from nine so far this term.