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03 October 2021 Venue Bedfont Sports Ground Attendance

Kick off 15:00 (UK)

Brentford
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Abingdon United
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Women's First Team in Cup action tomorrow

Bees take first steps in Vitality Women's FA Cup

2 October 2021

Brentford FC Women’s First Team are set to play Abingdon United Women tomorrow afternoon in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup. It is a Second Round Qualifying tie for the teams, who are two wins from the First Round Proper. The fixture will kick off at 3pm and take place at Bedfont Sports Club; the home ground for Brentford FC Women’s First Team and B Team.

Both sides have shown excellent league form thus far in the 2021/22 campaign. With Brentford sitting third following three wins and two draws from five fixtures and Abingdon, a division higher, placed second only on goal difference after a flawless start winning their first four matches. The home side picked up back-to-back victories for the first time last weekend, scoring nine and conceding two in the process, therefore will go into the game brimming with confidence.

Head Coach Karleigh Osborne is aware of the threat Abingdon pose but relishing the challenge ahead and said: “It will be a good test for us and we know they’re a good side. We must show our quality during the game in order to compete. I think if we do that it will be a good battle and hopefully, we can come out on top.”

The Bees are amongst 50 clubs who enter the competition at the Second Round Qualifying stage. In total there are 418 clubs participating in the cup this term, with 182 having already battled it out in the First Round Qualifying. There is an additional monetary incentive riding on this match with the winner walking away with £450 and the loser picking up £115 for their efforts. Karleigh is pleased with the involvement of prize money in the competition and believes it is positive the FA is aiding the funding of women’s football teams.

He said: “If we can win and get a little bit of prize money then that’s brilliant. It helps fund the team and we’ll look to do something to treat the players as well. Most importantly we want to keep competing and represent the club in a positive manner.”

As previously mentioned, Brentford have made an impressive start to the season and will no doubt have one eye on promotion. Different managers have varying views on whether a cup run is of value. Karleigh views the FA Cup as an opportunity for the team to gain momentum.

He said: “It builds confidence as well as sometimes giving us the opportunity to rotate and get players in. I think overall it gives you the chance to build team morale, at the end of the day winning football matches is always going to be important.”

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Match Reports

Women bow out of Vitality FA Cup

Bees exit cup after second half salvo

5 October 2021

Brentford FC Women’s First Team succumbed to a 5-2 defeat to Abingdon United Women in the Second Round Qualifying of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup. Abingdon United, a division above Brentford, showed their quality in the second half, notching four without reply to completely turn the game around and knock The Bees out.

The Bees got off to a blistering start which saw them score twice inside the opening 10 minutes through forward Axelle Courlander. Just 90 seconds into the game, captain Mollie Holmes threaded a wonderful through ball to Rebekah Edwards down the left, the winger in turn picked out Courlander who had got across her defender at the near post and finished into the roof of the net.

About five minutes later, a dangerous looping back pass from the Abingdon left back left her goalkeeper no choice but to catch the ball, handing Brentford an indirect free kick from close range. The ball was laid off to Courlander who drove her shot low and hard through a sea of bodies to make it 2-0.

Head Coach Karleigh Osborne has praised Courlander’s work ethic and said: “I’m really pleased for ‘Axe’. She wasn’t playing at the beginning, but she has worked her socks off to get into the team and today she’s bagged herself a brace so I’m over the moon for her.”

On the stroke of half time the away side pulled one back on the counterattack. A great through ball on the right eventually found its way inside and it was a beautiful first-time finish into the top right. That set them up to complete a second half turnaround.

Just five minutes into the second period Abingdon had their equaliser. A beautiful diagonal ball was met perfectly by the left winger who took it in her stride and finished with aplomb.With the momentum swinging their way, the away side capitalised fully and completed the turnaround around 55 minutes in. A long shot was parried by Brentford keeper Emily Boycott and then tapped home from the rebound, making it 3-2.

The fourth came from a well worked team goal, a nice one two in midfield was followed by a perfectly weighted through ball, their striker made no mistake and slotted home calmly into the bottom left-hand corner. A rampant Abingdon grabbed a fifth goal with about 10 minutes left to play. It was brilliant work from their left winger who beat her defender, before picking out a sublime pull back for the number 10 to arrive on and finish expertly into the top left.

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