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Alderley Edge Ladies Win Investec Trophy Final

Harrogate were edged out in the final of the Investec Women's Trophy with Alderley Edge after a dramatic shoot out sent the title home with the Cheshire side.

Alderley Edge started strongly with their forwards immediately testing keeper Carolyn Hurst. Amanda Bennison went close, connecting with a pass from Jen Park only for it to rocket over the goal. Harrogate were slow to get started and the Edge pressed on the defence forcing Hurst to make some all important saves.

The Yorkshire side found momentum and after the Cheshire team left their defence open Harrogate took full advantage on the counter attack seeing Eleanor Start beat the keeper one-on-one to get the first goal of the game. As half time approached Alderley Edge were creating chances but were struggling to finish leaving them 1-0 at the half-time mark.

The second half saw Alderley Edge dictating the play. Park was doing everythign she could in the circle to find the equaliser. Harrogate Captain Lucy Wood saw yellow and the black shirts took full advantage winning a penalty stroke after a Harrogate foot on the line.Sarah Hopkin coolly stepped up and slotted it away to give the Edge the goal they deserved making it level 1-1.

Both teams pressed on as the clock went down but it wasn’t enough drawing 1-1 at full time. This resulted in a shoot out.

Harrogate missed their first two with Alderley Edge scoring theirs, putting them on the verge of clinching the title. Harrogate’s goalkeeper saved the next two, and Wood and Hall scored leaving it all level. The atmosphere was tense as the shoot out went to sudden death. The teams traded goals until Edge's Izzy Reyonold-Duff scored leaving it down to Sagar from Harrogate but Harriet Whittaker was not to be beaten and saved, clinching the title for her team.

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