Callington Town 4 v Newquay Celtic 0
Congratulations to Callington Town Ladies on winning the Cornwall FA Women’s Cup for the second time in their history.
The final, which was played at Camelford Town FC under floodlights and with a crowd of 280 people, the largest crowd for sometime to watch a female game was a wonderful advert for female football.
These two teams met in the same cup final two seasons ago, but that day it was Newquay ran out 4-0 winners. Callington could not have exacted more satisfying revenge on their opponents as they won by the same score-line on the night.
Callington dominated the first half and their dominance was dually rewarded when Luise Ham swung in a cross which was flicked on by Jodie Shipton, before being headed in by Town’s leading scorer Kate Nicholls. Ten minutes later they doubled their lead when Amy Hemingway crossed for Nicholls to add a second. Hemingway was nothing short of outstanding in the first half as she constantly raided past the full-back in the opening 45 minutes.
Shipton was unlucky not to have grabbed a third when her 25 yard strike looked to be flying into the top corner, only for it to cannon off the cross-bar. Callington’s defence put in their best performance of the season, with skipper Marie Wilson a stand-out performer on the night. They managed to ensure that Sara Rowe had next to nothing to do between the posts.
The second half saw a much improved display from Newquay as they pressed with more effort and energy. Their intention to disrupt Callington paid off as Town struggled to find the flowing football that was such a feature in the first half. They almost pulled a goal back but for a brave stop from Sara Rowe to deny Jess Longworth.
Callington settled again after 15 minutes and once again hit the woodwork. This time it was the turn of young substitute Eleri Griffiths when her fierce shot rattled the underside of the bar, before bouncing on the line and away to safety. The brilliant effort stirred both the large crowd and Callington’s players.
They added a third when Hemingway’s shot was turned in by Jodie Shipton from the edge of the box. That goal made sure Callington would seal the victory without any late drama. Then with 10 minutes to go Gemma Farley scored the goal of the night with an amazing strike from all of 30 yards. The ball flew into the top corner and sparked jubilant celebrations.
Thank you to everyone at Camelford Football Club for being such wonderful hosts and for allowing us to host the Womens Cup Final at Trefrew Park. Thank you also to the match officials and the wonderful mascots of both Callington Town and Newquay AFC Youth club who wonderfully loud and who were very well behaved. Lastly thank you to Paul and Lindsey from the FA Skills Coaching team for putting on a coaching session for the children before the match.