Wednesday 4 November 2015
League Game 3 – BUCS Northern 4B League 2015-2016
University of Sheffield Women’s 2nds 5 – University of York Women’s 2nds 2
Goalscores – Rosie, Gabby.
University of York Women’s 2nd team travelled to Sheffield to take on their second team in the third match of the BUCS Northern League 4B. The visit to Sheffield last year resulted in a 13-0 hammering for York, and Coach Chris Collins was keen to avenge that defeat.
With players unavailable for various reasons, it was a shuffled line up again, with Lauren C joining Lauren L at centre back, Anna coming in at left back and Gina playing a holding role in front of the back four. Barbara returned up front to play alongside Kait.
Sheffield started the game on the front foot and with some simple passing had a lot of the ball but great defending by Lauren, Gina and great working back from Barbara kept them out. With most of Sheffield’s attacking coming down their right, Anna was constantly under pressure but she coped brilliantly, with great cover from the two Laurens.
After 10 minutes York had the first real chance to open the scoring with a great passing move involving Anna, Rosie and Amy, resulted in Gabby firing a shot just wide of the goalkeeper’s left hand post.
At the other end Kathryn was becoming busier and busier and on 30 minutes pulled off an absolute world class save. A shot from the right hand angle of the penalty area looked destined to nestle in the top corner of the goal, but somehow Kathryn threw a big right hand and clawed the ball away for a corner.
With the last kick of the half York took the lead. Great work from Rosie and Anna, put Gabby clear through the middle. The Sheffield goalkeeper came out and made the initial save but then proceeded to collect the rebound outside her penalty area. The referee awarded a direct free kick right on the edge and promptly cautioned the goalkeeper. Rosie stepped up and nonchalantly placed the ball over the wall and into the top left hand corner of the goal, the goalkeeper didn’t move!
Half Time Sheffield 0 York 1
The second half started like the first with lots of ball for Sheffield but great defending from York. Ella was dominating the Sheffield left winger and providing some great ball for Amy to attack down the right. On 65 minutes York very nearly extended their lead. Great work from Gabby released Rosie down the left and her powerful run and early shot brought a fantastic save from the Sheffield goalkeeper.
York were growing in confidence and Kait next got through the middle only for the goalkeeper to come out quickly and smother the ball at her feet. York were really pushing for the second goal and stretching Sheffield. Barbara was next to go close, with the goalkeeper again coming out quickly to smother the chance.
After running herself into the ground and some fantastic battling to win the ball, Barbara was replaced by Lia with 20 minutes to go. Almost immediately Sheffield equalised. A good move down the left saw a cross into the York area, which at first York seemed to have dealt with, but the ball somehow managed to fall to the Sheffield forward’s feet. Kathryn got hands on the ball but it squirmed away and left a simple tap in for the striker.
A minute later Sheffield took the lead with a great finish, curling the ball into the net from the edge of the box. Kathryn in the York goal had no chance. Amy was replaced by Hannah and York set off immediately in search of their equaliser.
With 7 minutes to go York were level. Good work down the right from Hannah created panic in the Sheffield defence and the attempted clearance went right across the edge of the box. Rosie’s shot was saved by the keeper but the ever alert Gabby raced in and slotted the ball away from a very acute angle.
The match then turned in 30 seconds. Gina was hurt in a 50/50 tackle in midfield, and several York players stopped to see if she was OK. The referee, instead of stopping the game, waved play on and Sheffield raced through a depleted York defence to retake the lead. Gina had to leave the field, a broken bone in her arm later confirmed, and with no subs left York played out the final 6 minutes plus injury time with only 10 players.
A corner gave Sheffield their fourth when the Sheffield player, who had been marked brilliantly all day by Gina was free in the six-yard box to head home. And in injury time and with York all at sea, Sheffield ran in their fifth.
Coach Chris Collins was disappointed by the final score and thought a draw was a fair result. He said, ‘A 5-2 defeat was no reflection on the way York played and the referee made a mistake by not stopping the game when Gina was hurt. The players should be incredibly proud of the performance they put in and if the luck had been theirs they would have come away with another win. The attitude was a million miles from last season and I’m very happy with the performance level. Sheffield are a good side and will be one of the teams pushing for the title. To perform like that against them shows how far we have come in a year.’
Coach’s Player of the Match: Lauren C for some fantastic last ditch defending, superb tackling and brave headers, especially when York were under pressure.