The Chairgirls Reserves went into the last game of the year in high spirits and wanting to revenge an earlier defeat by Milton Keynes City, just a few short weeks ago.
Their intentions were clear from the kick-off, with Sally Grimm seeing a long-range effort cleared by the keeper, and striker, Naimh Creighton, not quite able to get enough on the follow-up.
For the first 15 minutes, the game was played firmly in MK’s half, with shots from Creighton, Grimm and Amelia Gilbert going wide, hitting the crossbar, and being saved.
Wycombe were left to rue missed opportunities in the 17th minute when a counterattack from MK saw the ball beat Blues’ keeper, Lillie Eames, in the bottom corner.
Wycombe looked to hit straight back three minutes later, with Emily Norfolk’s back-post header going just wide on 20 minutes, and Grimm having another effort parried wide a minute later.
The Chairgirls were at last rewarded for their attacking endeavours in the 22nd minute when Amelia Sage hit her 25-yard free kick over the keeper and into the top of the net!
Looking to get in on the act, Amy Norfolk rounded the keeper on the 33rd minute, only to see her shot cleared off the line. But the Chairgirls got the second goal they deserved a minute later when Amelia Gilbert took Emma Dean’s cross on the chest and volleyed in.
Despite an attempted lob by MK, and an effort from Jorja-Louise Bray, following a fantastic through-ball from Norfolk, the first half finished at a tight 2-1.
Half-time: Wycombe Wanderers 2-1 Milton Keynes City
Starting the second half like they finished the first, Wycombe went on the attack. Midfielder, Charlotte Hill, saw her effort deflected wide on 47 minutes and Rohanna Myers, after some battling in the box, having her effort saved a minute later.
Wycombe were reminded of MK's threat on 60 minutes, when a corner fortunately made its way just over the bar.
Looking to make sure of the game, from the resulting goal kick, Charlotte Hill made a defence splitting through ball to Rihanna Myers, whose shot was heading towards the bottom corner, with the in-form, Jorja-Louise Bray, making sure. 3-1 Wycombe.
The game slowed slightly, with some back-and-forth football until the 80th minute when, despite only having ten players on the pitch, MK were the only team to play to the whistle when two players went down, running through to halve the deficit.
The goal led to a nervy final ten minutes in which Wycombe were intent on attacking rather than closing out the game. Thankfully, there was no MK equalizer and the Chairgirls were able to finish 2021 on a high!
Full-time: Wycombe Wanderers 3-2 Milton Keynes City