Wednesday 28 October 2015
Cup Game Last 64 – BUCS Northern Conference Cup 2015-2016
University of Bolton Women’s 1sts 1 – University of York Women’s Football 2nds 2
Goalscorer – Cait x2
After what could only be described as a treacherous coach journey over the Pennines, University of York Women’s 2nd team arrived in Bolton for their last 64 cup game. Having never won a cup game before, could history be made?
With a few players missing, a debut was handed to midfielder Megan, a first start of the season for last year’s stalwart defender Rachel, and Gabby was played up front with Cait. Under a grey sky and on a very heavy pitch York were straight on the attack with early chances for both Gabby and Cait. Bolton were very physical and York struggled to get their passing game going.
The chances kept coming and be it for the Bolton goalkeeper, who was very quick off her line, and some wayward shooting from Marie, Amy and Rosie, York would have been in the lead. Kathryn in the York goal was a virtual spectator with the dominance of the York defence. Lauren and Gina at the heart of the York defence were dominating the Bolton attack, and nothing looked like getting through. Ella and Rachel looked solid at full back and kept the Bolton wingers in check for pretty much the whole of the first half.
As half time approached, and looking like a scoreless half, a break on 40 minutes for Cait saw the keeper make a good save and push the ball wide. The ever alert Gabby, retrieved the ball, kept her composure and squared a perfect pass for Cait to tap in at the far post. It was exactly what York deserved, half time 1-0.
Coach Chris Collins told the girls that the match was there for the taking and a comfortable win was on the cards. A very impressive first half with a totally dominate York side. Coach Chris made a couple of changes with Megan being replaced by Hannah, who went up front and Gabby dropped back into a wide left midfield role. A good solid first appearance from Megan and lots to be happy with.
The second half started with Bolton pushing their best two players further forward and putting York under more pressure. And, after 55 minutes Bolton got their reward for a spirited start to the second half. A mistake in the York defence saw several players fail to clear the ball, and a slip by Kathryn left the Bolton forward with a simple finish. The score line flattered Bolton and York need a quick response.
Gabby and Amy were having more and more influence on the game and both were running rings round their respective full backs. York were creating plenty of chances but could not get that killer goal. Amy and Rosie were winning more of the second half midfield battle and easing the pressure on the back four.
With 15 minutes to go and the game heading for extra time, Gabby skipped round two defenders before crossing into the area. Cait missed her first shot but the ball bounced off two defenders before looping into the air, and in an instant Cait volleyed the ball in to the back of the net, classy first time finish.
Anna was brought on to sit in front of the back four, replacing the impressive Cait for the last quarter and York looked totally in control. Bolton players seemed to lack ideas of how to break York down and ended up arguing with their coach, who’s favourite phrase all afternoon was ‘Gamble!’
Late on chances for the impressive Gabby and Hannah could have made the game comfortable for York, but they easily saw the game out and finished 2-1 winners. History was made, a cup win for the 2nd team. Captain Lauren left the field with a huge smile on her face and the teams’ form is in stark contrast to last year’s, three losses in last year’s first three games to three wins in this.
York travel to Manchester Metropolitan University Women’s 2nd team in the last 32, a side two divisions above them, so a very hard game for York to keep their winning run going.
York 2nds return to league action next Wednesday with an away trip to a strong Sheffield side, a win could really stamp their ambition on a first league title. Coach Chris finished the day by saying he is so impressed by the commitment and quality the girls possess and nothing this season is beyond them.
Coaches’ Player of the Match: Gabby, in the second half she tore through the Bolton defence and on another day would have finished with at least a couple of goals, a definite first team player of the future!