A bitter end for the Eagles in cup quarter final
Eagles Women's cup run comes to a hard-fought end against league leaders London GD
West London Eagles started the game very determined with great defence and a goal from Noelly Chevallier, but London GD followed shortly. With fast breaks and a well organised defence Eagles were forcing GD to work hard, 8 mins into the game it was a tight fight (3-3), the game was fast paced and neither of the teams were giving much chance for the opponent to take the lead.
Eagles kept strong with beautiful goals from Sunniva Ovstebo-Naess, Noelly Chevallier, Kristina Littman and an amazing penalty saving from Olgunn Tunheim. 17 minutes into the game Eagles managed to get ahead (8-7), and even with a 2 minute suspension still managed to score to increase the lead. But GD also had eyes on the prize and at 24 minutes it was their turn to go ahead (11-13). Eagles kept chasing with a tight defence and not missing many opportunities to shake GD’s net, they managed to get even again (14-14), but GD struck in the last free throw, end of first half (14-15).
The second half started with GD getting a 2 minute suspension from a tough defence against Sunniva. Eagles did not miss the opportunity with Noelly and Kiki followed by a great save from Anette Utby and a goal from Maria Seri in the right wing. Both teams were fighting not to lose control of the game, that kept tight up until the 26 min of second half. Frustrations started running high as GD gets rough in defence without getting any suspension. With the Eagles still not backing down GD changes the strategy for a 4-2 defence, making the coach Paul Dempsey to take some tough decisions with Eagles still struggling to break throw GD defence this time. The Eagles gets a 2 minutes suspension in the last 3 minutes of the game but gets a penalty which Kiki converted narrowing the gap. At this point GD has taken control of the game and Eagles ran off time to chase back, giving GD the place in the Cup semi-finals. End of the match (26-31).
Although disappointing results for Eagles, the team is now more determined than ever to keep a great performance in the league.