Brentford Ladies travelled away to Hackney Marshes today. They faced Hackney Women in the John Greenacre Memorial Trophy.
The team started well, pressed as a team, played some fluent football at times and got their reward early on when a free kick was controlled well by Alia Haggag inside the box where she slotted home to make it 0-1.
Unfortunately Brentford then took their foot off the pedal and allowed Hackney to get a foothold in the game. 10 minutes after Brentford scoring, Hackney made a quick interchange which found the left winger with time to look up and place a shot over the head of the Brentford keeper.
The game became very scrappy, lots of fouls and stoppages in play which led to a yellow card handed out to a Hackney player after a rash challenge on Lisa Grant.
Scores were level at half time and after a quick talk both teams were back out for the second half.
Second half was pretty much a carbon copy of the first, not much in the way of great combination play, more scrappy and start stop. With 15 mins left Hackney had a player sent off, she received 2 yellow cards for 2 bad tackles on Lisa Grant and received her marching orders.
Brentford had most of the possession but rarely looked like penetrating the Hackney back line.
Extra time went by with 10 minutes each way. Neither team was able to score which meant penalties.
Brentford won the toss and took the first penalty which was put wide by Lisa Grant. Up stripped the Hackney player to put Hackney 1 up. Then came Alia Haggag to slot home for Brentford to make it 1-1. Hackney came back and converted to make it 2-1. Then came Shayni Mariner who scored to make it 2-2. Hackney came back with a reply to make it 3-2. Up stepped Sasha Treadaway who unfortunately had her penalty saved by the keeper. Hackney stepped up and made it 4-2 to win the penalty shoot out.
Team line up: Sarah Collins, Shayni Mariner, Amanda Osborne, Sasha Treadaway, Amber Langston-Lloyd, Sophie Lee, Mollie Holmes, Sophie Troth, Lisa Grant (C), Alia Haggag, Sonyia Jones.
Subs: Geraldine Burgess, Aisha Lutumba.