Kingston women’s football first team put in a strong performance to overcome Middlesex University 2-1, in a crucial encounter on Wednesday afternoon at Tolworth court.
Kingston began the first half in lacklustre fashion but managed to take the lead in the 35th minute after their deflected shot ended up in the back of the net.
Kingston manager Besim Ali said: “I have mixed emotions after this game because we came out of the blocks slow so we had to work even harder and we just came out on top winning 2-1.
“We thought we would play better than we did when we met Middlesex earlier in the season because we have a couple of new players and we’re all familiar with each other now but to be honest it was just as hard as the first game but only we won this tie.”
Kingston suffered injury scares in the 25th minute after their top goal scorer Charmaine True and Carolina Barco were both forced off the pitch for 15 minutes.
However, Kingston’s defence were very impressive and managed to hold their defensive line very well after sending Kingston into half time 1-0 up.
Kingston’s captain Oda Holum said: “It wasn’t our best game. We didn’t really click as a team but I think games like these are important to win. We struggled but actually won the game because we wanted to.”
Middlesex came out of half time with all guns blazing after they scored from a deflected free kick.
However, Kingston’s star striker True, who had scored nine goals in three appearances prior to the game, began to cause Middlesex’s defence all sorts of problems. She toyed with defenders and whipped in a great cross for Holum to get on the end of and forced Middlesex’s number one into action.
Kingston’s number one Ashley Macey said: “It’s good we got the three points but I think we didn’t play as dynamic as we can but all in all we got the three pints we needed.”
Super True scored her 10th goal of the season and doubled Kingston’s lead in the 60th minute with a great piece of skill, dribbling behind Middlesex’s defence and placing her shot in the bottom right hand corner, leaving the keeper with no chance.
True said: “I’m quite buzzing now because my goal won the game. The match was very close and probably one of the hardest games we’ve played this season.”
Kingston was desperate to beat Middlesex after losing to them earlier in the season.
Despite the score being 2-1 Kingston continued to pile pressure on Middlesex late in the second half and super True failed to convert a late chance from Hollie Clapham’s beautifully weighted cross.
Clapham said: “I think we played really well despite having a few injuries. It was a good game.”