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Women's Report | Cards in derby day dismantling of Abbey

Benjamin Parker
3:00pm, Mon 26th Feb 2024
Woking smashed Abbey for seven at Woking College, thanks to a spree of goals in pretty treacherous weather. A hat-trick for Charlotte Keenan stole the headlines, as the number nine now joins the double-figure club, in front of goal this season.

The first chance of the game went to the Cards as Bianca Underhill played a great ball into Charlotte from the right, but the striker could only lob the ball over the crossbar.

Ten minutes later, Helen Ogle found Gaby Hobday with a great switch across the pitch, but the former's effort hit the side-netting from a tight angle.

The hosts were in control and had another opportunity to score when Trudy Bryan-Kerr found an opening, however, her shot went over the top of the goal.

But just shortly before the half-hour mark, the pressure was rewarded with the first goal of the afternoon as Charlotte got in behind the Abbey Rangers defence and slotted the ball past the ‘keeper with her left foot. Very deserved.

The visitors registered their first effort on target a while after, as a powerful shot from inside the box was well-held by Amy Jenkins.

In the blink of an eye, the Cards had doubled their lead in extraordinary fashion. Potentially one of the all-time great own goals on Abbey's behalf saw the ball fly from afar all the way over the goalkeeper and into the back of the net.

Just before the break, Charlotte grabbed her second of the match, this time on the left-hand side, with a right-footed finish. The Card took a comfortable lead going into the halfway stage, with the score at where it finished for the reverse fixture.

HT: Woking 3-0 Abbey Rangers

The second 45 minutes opened up a lot more and saw Abbey pull a goal back quite early. A simple counter attack allowed them to get in behind and ex-Cards player Leah Robertson managed to finish past Amy in goal.

Amy was on hand though shortly after as another counter down the right-hand side forced an eventual shot from inside the box, but the number one made a great save to deny them.

If there were any nerves on whether this game was over or not, that thought was put to bed in the 63rd minute when Charlotte completed her hat-trick. After winning back possession just outside the box, she drove into a shooting position to score her first treble of the season and for the club.

The floodgates had opened from this point onwards and Gaby made it four, just five minutes later. A seriously good run was completed with a beautiful finish, tucked into the bottom right-hand corner.

Gaby was involved with the sixth goal too, as her looping cross found Helen, who nodded home her first of the game. That assist now takes Gaby into double figures for the season and she is the first player to do so on that front.

The visitors did pull another goal back late on in a very similar fashion to the first, but the final goal of the game belonged to Trudy as she made it seven with the last kick of the game. The number 14 had waited all afternoon, but she eventually got her goal after a great finish from a one-versus-one with the ‘keeper.

FT: Woking 7-2 Abbey Rangers

Woking’s final home league record sees them finish with 14 points from a possible 21 that were on offer. Across playing at both the Eastwood Centre and Woking College, thank you for everyone’s home support, but there’s still one more to come with next Sunday’s Chairman’s Cup Quarter-Final tie against tier 5 Winchester City Flyers.

Woking Starting XI: Jenkins, Mitchell, Cotter ©, Burgess, Hobday, Underhill, Theocharous, Nichol, Ogle, Bryan-Kerr, Keenan

Subs: N/A

Attendance: 51

Player of the Match: Charlotte Keenan

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