Bourton on the Water Girls had topped their qualifying table by a long way and were clearly the class team in the competition. In Lauren Jefferies, scorer of fifty one goals through the season, they had a potential match winner who was backed up by six team mates who made few errors.
In their qualifying meeting Bourton had won 4-1. Despite this, St James & Ebrington went ahead early on when Isla Weeks-Coleman struck home during a power play.
St James & Ebrington survived a power play mid way through the period and were able to attack straight away, Weeks-Coleman forcing Leila Soper into two quick fire saves. From the second of these the ball quickly went to the far end where Jefferies retrieved it and shot home from a narrow angle. It was only a few seconds later when Weeks-Coleman took advantage of being unmarked to put St James & Ebrington ahead once more. The two Graces were again in fine form Comben saving almost everything, assuming that it got past Bocock and defensive partner India Warren. Bourton put in a determined period of pressure in the last two minutes of the period and were rewarded when Jefferies slammed home a free hit with the help of a deflection off the wall. A chance for Bourton to go in ahead at half time presented itself when a penalty shot was awarded, but it was well saved by Comben.
The second half opened with the Bourton power play still in operation, Isobel Tye making immediate use of it to put her team 3-2 ahead. Nine minutes into the period Weeks-Coleman and Poppy Warren forced Soper into two more saves which kept her team in the game. After a quiet time for her, Jefferies finally found her range, finding the corner of the goal from any angle, scoring three times in quick succession.
Only two minutes remained when St James & Ebrington had a penalty shot in their favour. Weeks-Coleman was entrusted with the task and made no mistake. The chance of a comeback was still their, but only for a few seconds until Jefferies forced Comben into yet another great save and poked home the rebound for a 7-3 winning score line.
The winning Bourton on the Water team: Lauren Jefferies, Isobel Tye, Jess Souch, Anna Wood, Amy Jones, Leila Soper, Min Kelly