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Barking Abbey girls repeat under-18 cup success with a comfortable final triumph

PUBLISHED: 09:00 13 March 2018

Barking Abbey Academy girls celebrate their victory (Pic: ESFA)

Barking Abbey Academy girls celebrate their victory (Pic: ESFA)

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Barking Abbey Academy managed to defend their National Cup title with a 3-0 victory against Thomas Telford last week.

Goals from Kelly Wealthall, Andreya Ezikiel-Meade and Yasmin Cowley helped Abbey get their hands on the English Schools’ under-18 Cup for a second consecutive year at League Two outfit Notts County’s Meadow Lane ground.

The girls were crowned last year after beating Durham Sixth Form College 4-0 in the final and head coach Keith Boanas was delighted to make it back-to-back wins, but admits they must remain focused with the league and another cup up for grabs.

“Absolutely, the bottom line is it’s great to see what a wonderful season it’s turning out to be,” he said.

“We need to get one more point to win our regional league, so we’re keen to do that and we’ve also got a league cup semi-final next week.

“That will be a tougher cookie to crack as we’re playing Solihull College who represent Birmingham City Ladies who play in the top league.

“We want to win the treble and that is what we’ll be aiming to achieve.”

Barking Abbey were able to break the deadlock after just 12 minutes when Ezikiel-Meade was able to cut inside from the right and fire a low show into the far bottom corner of the net from the edge of the area.

Only three minutes later, Abbey were able to double their lead with a magnificent through ball getting Cowley goal side of the Thomas Telford centre back and she was able to dink the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper.

There were few other chances before the half time whistle, with one falling to Cowley, who looked to emulate her first chipped goal, but the Thomas Telford keeper was able to scramble back and stop the ball short of the line.

The third goal of the game would come in one of the last actions before half time when Barking Abbey were awarded a penalty.

Wealthall stepped up confidently to take the spot kick and dispatched it into the bottom right hand corner of the net to cap another memorable win.

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