Chad Morris - credit Simon Roe

Southern Counties Cup: Jersey Women draw with Navy in Portsmouth

Jersey boss Chad Morris praises his side's bravery after the island's women drew 2-2 against the Navy in Portsmouth.

Jersey women's manager Chad Morris praised his side's bravery after their 2-2 draw against the Royal Navy in Portsmouth.

Jersey led the Southern Counties Cup match early on when Louise van der Vliet stabbed home the opener from close range. Megan Wood went close with a long-range free-kick before Sam Silva doubled the advantage; Libby Barnett's header was clawed out by the Navy goalkeeper and Silva was there to prod in the rebound.

Soon after half time the Navy reduced the deficit to 2-1. Wood was inches away from re-opening the two goal lead but saw her effort hit the post.

Eight minutes from time the hosts pulled level to set up a finale in which the game could have gone either way. Tiffany Sundby cleared one off the line and Amy Tierney was forced into a close range save before van der Vliet saw two late chances well saved by the Navy goalkeeper to ensure the points were shared.

"As per normal the girls played with passion, pride and bravery, as they do every time they pull on a Jersey shirt," said Morris.

"To get a draw away from home against a strong and physical Navy side, added to the fact we’ve not had a positive result against them for about four years, is testament to this new look squad of girls.

"We started off very strongly and imposed our game on them, playing out from the back, through the thirds and getting into the attacking third continuously, and it’s from those situations that our goals came."

Jersey's women will face Kent on 23rd January 2020 in their final group game.

Jersey FA: Amy Tierney, Tiffany Sundby, Ciara Giles, Libby Barnett, Danny Da Silva, Holly Muirhead, Aine Ruth, Eve Watson, Louise van der Vliet, Sam Silva, Megan Wood.

Substitutes: Tayah Vasse, Tammi Kerr, Lauren Trachy, Abi Scandrett, Daisy Jackson.