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Guernsey defeated Jersey to win the 2024 Women’s Muratti Vase

Vicki Rang headed Guernsey into the lead midway through the first half [BBC Sport]

Guernsey defeated Jersey 2-0 in Springfield to win their first Women’s Muratti Vase in 16 years.

Vicki Rang’s near-post header from Donna Gallienne’s corner gave Guernsey the lead midway through the first half.

Jersey had a host of chances but a combination of good goalkeeping from Emma Queripel and poor finishing saw the hosts score zero.

Calleigh Hedley’s 86th-minute penalty against the play doubled Guernsey’s lead and secured a first title since 2008, when they also won 1-0 in Jersey.

The win was Guernsey’s seventh in the competition, compared to Jersey’s 16 victories – the competition did not return until 2022 after a six-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic and a shortage of Guernsey players.

Calleigh Hedley scores a penalty for GuernseyCalleigh Hedley scores a penalty for Guernsey

Calleigh Hedley’s penalty secured Guernsey’s victory in Springfield [BBC Sport]

Guernsey’s players – many of whom were part of the Guernsey FC team that won Jersey’s Colin Welsh Trophy last week – made a great start as Rang put them ahead.

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But Jersey piled on the pressure when experienced former Wales striker Jodie Botterill came close to equalizing twice shortly afterwards, but Queripel equaled both her efforts.

Rang bravely blocked a powerful strike from Holly Muirhead five minutes before half-time, while Queripel was called upon again just before half-time when she got ahead of Leah Morris after the Jersey striker was put through after good interplay with Muirhead.

Muirhead fired more than nine minutes after the restart, while Queripel turned in Sofia Rodrigues’ dangerous cross on the hour mark as Jersey continued the pressure.

Jersey League top scorer Hannah Campbell was called in by home boss Chad Morris to try and create a breakthrough.

But it was Guernsey who almost went 2-0 up when Hedley showed wonderful composure to keep Poppy Benest’s running pass under control, but her shot lacked power and was saved by Sara Luce.

Queripel was called upon again when she saved a close-range effort from Campbell with twenty minutes to go, while Luce stopped another attempt from Hedley moments later.

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Botterill and Muirhead combined for the latter to score a half-volley from 20 yards out, but Queripel saved again as time began to run out for the hosts.

Botterill thought she had scored a spectacular equalizer but Queripel was there as she punched away her 86th minute effort which headed for the top corner.

And Jersey were made to pay for their indiscretion when Codie Le Flem was brought down by Tiffany Sundby in the penalty area and Hedley Luce beat from twelve yards.

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