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Maidenhead United Women beat Newbury Ladies to advance into semi-finals of Berks & Bucks Senior Cup

Newbury Ladies 0, Maidenhead United Women 3

Maidenhead United Women advanced to the semi-finals of the Berks & Bucks Women’s Senior Cup after a committed and skilful display against Newbury Ladies on Sunday.

This tie had the potential of being a banana skin for the Magpies, against a team flying high in the Southern Region Women’s Premier, but they negotiated it comfortably enough.

The visitors took the lead after only eight minutes, when right-back Sarah Thompson linked up well with Annika Striepecke, who threaded a lovely ball through for Kate Le Cumbre. She picked out the side’s top scorer Simone O’Brien in the middle and Maidenhead’s in-form striker swept the ball home.

The Magpies continued to press, with Steph Nelson seeing her well-struck effort pushed wide by the Newbury keeper.

However, hopes this might prove to be a walk in the park were expelled when the home side started creating some good chances. Ellie Reed was denied by her namesake Ellie Parker in the Maidenhead goal, before the United keeper made an exceptional stop to keep out Gabrielle Da Silva’s point blank shot.

United finished the half on the front foot, with Le Cumbre dragging a shot narrowly wide of the post after an intelligent pass from Striepecke.

A bright start to the second half from the visitors saw Shylla Carty-Duhaney’s cross bounce back off Erin Davis-Donne’s crossbar. But the Magpies found themselves two goals to the good just prior to the hour mark when Striepecke beat Davis-Donne from range for a richly deserved goal.

Their third and final goal arrived 20 minutes from time when Nelson expertly chipped the Newbury goalkeeper. The Magpies substitute Sarah Reid enjoyed an exciting cameo, twisting and turning before forcing Davis-Donne into a good save. The luckless Le Cumbre also slotted a late effort against the base of the far post.

United will face Chesham United, MK Dons or Wycombe Wanderers in the semi-final of the competition.

MAGPIES: Parker, Thompson, Langston-Lloyd, Dover © (Sub Nazif 62’), Modak, Bloor, Carty-Duhaney (Sub Vietz 73’), Striepecke, Nelson, Le Cumbre, O’Brien (Sub Reid ’54).

Subs not used: Mace, Halfacree.

SCORERS: O’Brien (8’), Striepecke (57’), Nelson (69’)

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