30 April 2017 Investec Women’s Cup Final

SURBITON 50 CLIFTON ROBINSONS

Scorers: Ansley 16-PC, 52-PC; Atkinson 22-PC, Webb 34-F, Martin 68-F
Squad: King, Ansley, Haycroft (Capt.), Twigg, Martin, Webb, Atkinson, Middleton, Sharp, Collins, Shahbo (GK). Subs: Evans (6′), Chilton (9′), Hunter (10′), Robinson (13′), Addison (23′)

Umpires: Emma Shelbourn and Rachel Williams

Surbiton Ladies won the Investec Women’s Cup for the third time in their history, beating Clifton Robinsons 5-0 at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Sunday afternoon.

Clifton Robinsons went into the game as cup holders having beaten Buckingham 1-0 in last season’s final and included former Surbiton players Hannah Coulson and Kate Holmes in their starting line-up.

Surbiton captain, Sarah Haycroft forced a fifth minute save from Clifton goalkeeper, Sarah Ellis.

Surbiton took the lead in the 16th minute, Giselle Ansley clinically converting her side’s first penalty corner of the match.

Six minutes later, Clifton fell two goals behind, Emily Atkinson forcing home a rebound into the goal netting after Ellis saved from Surbiton’s sixth penalty corner, Clifton having previously denied Atkinson at the left post while trying to cope with Surbiton’s pressure.

A superb run by Hollie Webb down the right wing was finished emphatically a minute before half time to give Surbiton a commanding 3-0 half time lead.

The Silent Assassins were determined that they would make it difficult for Surbiton to kill their cup hopes and were unlucky not to get reward for their early second half pressure, Claire Thomas forcing a fine save from Surbiton goalkeeper, Ellie Shahbo.

Midway through the second half, Ansley struck again, converting Surbiton’s tenth penalty corner of the match to establish a 4-0 lead.

Clifton’s Danielle Jordan also forced a save from Shahbo, but the youngster kept a clean sheet with the aid of her defence in the cup final.

With two minutes to play, Hannah Martin’s stunning strike ended up in the top right corner of the net, Surbiton finishing their domestic season with a 5-0 victory.

Surbiton have now won three women’s cups in the last four seasons, the only blip coming last season when they suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Barnes of South Clubs’ Women’s Hockey League Division One.

Surbiton beat Hampstead & Westminster 7-1 in Nottingham in 2014 and Clifton 3-2 in the first ever women’s cup final to be staged at Lee Valley in 2015.

Surbiton will now prepare for their European adventure in Den Bosch from 2-5 June when they meet CSV Complutense of Spain in the EuroHockey Clubs Cup quarter-final.