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Freya Spittal made two saves as Bishop's Stortford Community Football Club under-14 girls beat Ware on penalties in the Hertfordshire Girls Football Partnership League Cup



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Freya Spittal made two saves as Bishop's Stortford Community Football Club under-14 girls won a thrilling Hertfordshire Girls Football Partnership League Cup contest with Ware on penalties.

The Group B match finished 4-4 before the hosts took the points in the shootout thanks to Spittal's heroics.

Stortford began the tie well as Ella Schneider found the bottom corner from Amy Lenihan's pass before the latter doubled the lead with a half-volley.

Ware stormed back after the break and scored three times to go ahead before Anna Baros made it all square with a fine long-range effort.

Stortford fell behind again when their opponents netted from a rebound after hitting the post, but, with not long remaining, Macey Brown slotted in after her initial shot had been saved to force a penalty competition.

And it was the hosts who triumphed as Baros, Schneider and Brown scored from 12 yards while Spittal produced two fine saves.

Jack Baros scored as under-18 Rovers beat Premier Division leaders Risden Wood 1-0 to reach the Mid-Herts Rural Minors League Cup quarter-finals.

It did not take Rovers long to make the breakthrough, with Baros curling a shot just inside the far post after good play by Will Thacker.

Jack Frings thought he had doubled his team's lead but was thwarted by an offside flag before goalkeeper Monty Lawrence produced a fingertip save to preserve the advantage.

Risden went close again early in the second half when they hit the woodwork, but Rovers, for whom the energetic Luke Hale was man of the match, held firm to cause a big upset and progress to the last eight.

In a rare double header, under-16 Saints registered a couple of 2-0 wins over clubmates under-16 Rovers in MHRML Division Two.

Harrison Walker scored with an emphatic close-range finish and new signing Ben Seary also netted for Saints in the opening encounter. Full-back Freddie Sperrin was their man of the match.

In the second match, Rovers' midfield pairing of Jonathan Miller and Lennie Appiah battled hard as they attempted to hit their opponents on the counter.

But the Saints defence was solid and Seary bagged a brace to give them another three points. Man-of-the-match plaudits went to Rovers' Miller and Saints' Robbie Hamilton.

Under-15 Wanderers ran out 3-1 winners when they took on Bengeo in Royston Crow League, Division Three.

Ross Shinnick, Mikey Stables and Toby Barnes all netted for Wanderers, who are up to fourth in the table, while Lewis Richards and James Mills shared the man-of-the-match plaudits.

Poppy Dwyer struck a dramatic late winner as the under-13 girls beat Harvesters 1-0 in their latest HGFPL Cup, Group A contest.

With only seconds remaining, Kiera Hider's shot was parried by the goalkeeper and Dwyer was on hand to tuck away the rebound from 10 yards.

Indigo Lee was player of the match for Stortford, who had earlier hit the bar through Lilly Fach, while goalkeeper Ella Draper made some good saves when called upon.

Meanwhile, Graham Humphries converted two free kicks as Real Stortford under-17 Falcons cruised into the quarter-finals of the Mid-Herts Rural Minors League Under-18 Shield with a 4-0 win at Welwyn Garden City Tornadoes.

There was also a goal apiece for Daniel Alaezi and debutant Kai Roberts while Tom Gleeson was named man of the match.

Meanwhile, Real Stortford Men came from behind to beat Wrestlers FC 5-1 and advance to the last eight of the East Herts Corinthians Sunday League's Junior Shield.

After a goalless first half in which Real were denied by the crossbar and had numerous other opportunities to score, the visitors took the lead with their first real effort.

Substitute Jojo Senior quickly equalised when he was brought down 25 yards out and, spotting the goalkeeper out of position, sent the free kick into the net at the near post.

Kai Campbell put the hosts ahead from the edge of the box before turning provider to set up man-of-the-match Senior for two goals to complete his hat-trick.

And subs Sam Senior and Charlie Upton then combined with the latter firing home to wrap things up and book a quarter-final tie against AFC Turnford.



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