Brentford FC Women’s First Team bowed out of the London and South East Regional Womens Cup quarter final after an agonising defeat on penalties to Newhaven. The Bees squad was diminished due to some regular starters being injured and others cup tied, despite the setback they managed a solid performance away from home. But they were unable to reach the last four.
In a makeshift starting 11, young Chloe Logie spear headed Brentford’s attack and there was a place on the bench for B Team graduate Eleanora Cottrell. Gemma Goodwin also came in to make her debut at left back replacing Chloe Webb.
The away side dominated proceedings in the first half and on another day could have found themselves four goals up on their opponents. Despite crafting several clear-cut chances Brentford failed to find the back of the net and found themselves level at the break. Cottrell got her chance from the bench when Sara Lopez Ezzahiri departed at half time due to picking up an injury.
The hosts started the second half the stronger of the two sides but were unable to capitalise. It did not take long for Brentford to find their rhythm again and it looked as though they would break the deadlock when they were rewarded a penalty. Logie took on the responsibility of converting the penalty but unfortunately on this occasion she was unable to do so.
Sophie Troth controversially had a goal chalked off for offside after a very late flag from the linesman; summarising Brentford’s luck throughout the match. The teams could not be separated in 90 minutes and after 30 minutes of extra time the game remained goalless. Brentford were left to regret the catalogue of missed chances when their opponents were victorious in the shootout and progressed to the semi-final, leaving The Bees behind.