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Watford Ladies Under-18s suffer 5-2 defeat to Hemel Hempstead in first round of League Cup
5:00pm Friday 18th October 2013 in Sport
Watford Ladies Under-18s suffered a 5-2 defeat to Hemel Hempstead in the first round of the League Cup.
Despite a goal from Golden Girls captain Jess Topping, Hemel were the better side and took a convincing 4-1 lead into the break.
The Hornets were much-improved in the second period. Georgia Forey added a second for Watford from a well-struck free-kick but Hemel were also on target to maintain a three-goal gap.
Rosie Davies was Watford’s player of the match.
The Under-16s dominated their game against Bury Rangers Whites and were rewarded with an 8-0 away win in the League Cup.
Emma Bebbington bagged a hat-trick and both Emily Jokiel and Sofie Georgiou scored two apiece, while Frankie Webster added one more to complete the rout. In addition to her hat-trick, Bebbington also took the player of the match award for an energetic performance.
Also in the Under-16s, the Wasps endured a disappointing 2-0 home defeat to Bedwell Dragons.
Watford had goalkeeper Georgina Weller to thank for a strong performance which kept the deficit to a minimum, while Rhianne Kenney was player of the match for a determined display.
The Under-14s were well below their best in a 2-0 loss to Luton, while the Harts lost 9-1 to Harvesters and the Wasps suffered a 10-1 defeat to Hitchin Belles. The Under-12s performed far better than their older counterparts, beating Harvesters 6-2 to retain the top spot in Division One.
Both Charli Connor and Ciara Purdue scored twice and there was also one each for Kelsey Mugford and Sasha Williams. Player of the match was awarded to Rubie Smith.
Also in the Under-12s, the Wasps held Knebworth Youth to a 4-4 draw after coming back from 3-0 down. Two goals from Emma Calabrese saw the score move to 3-2 at half-time and Watford took the lead with a brace from Amy Ryan in the second period. But Knebworth equalised in the last minute of the game. The Under-11s enjoyed their first victory of the season in the League Cup with a 2-1 win over Comets.
Both goals came courtesy of Kayra Karakas, whose pace and footwork proved too hot for Comets to handle.
Captain Casey Evans won player of the match for a tenacious display.
In the non-competitive Under-10s league, Watford put in a strong performance in their first home game of the season against Borehamwood 2000.
The visitors were quick to exploit lapses in Watford’s defence, but the strong attacking elements made up for it with a well-deserved hat-trick by Jessica Cripps and a single by Hannah Perkins.
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