Coventry v City Ladies: Match report
- 02 April 2013 17:12
- Posted by @NieldyMCFC / Words by @Footykev
Manchester City Ladies claimed all three points from their trip to Coventry on Easter Sunday moving them into 4th place in the National Division, with Aston Villa losing out 1-0 away at Charlton, City moved two points clear of the Villains.
The Blues came out on top after scoring three first half goals in a devastating 11 minute spell which stunned Coventry.
The Citizens started well and in the opening five minutes forced four corners which failed to really test the Coventry keeper Sue Wood, however the early signs of City's attacking intentions were clear from the start. Coventry were limited to break away attacks early on, but nearly took the lead on six minutes as Andrea Worrall denied Sweetman-Kirk.
City really began to test the Coventry backline in the 10th minute, moving the ball well in midfield Sarah Buffel was released down the right, riding the Coventry challenge she then found her cross blocked well by the recovering defender.
The opener came on 15 minutes after good build up play saw Shepherd play in Buffel through the centre of the Coventry defence, running into space keeper Wood advanced to close down the ball, Buffel responded by lifting the ball up and over Wood into the empty net to give City the lead.
The second came 5 minutes later in unfortunate circumstances, the ball was played forward by the Citizens and seemed to be dealt with well by Hollingsworth. Passing the ball back to Wood, it may have taken a bobble on the very uneven surface of the Bedworth Oval, the keeper could only look on in horror as the ball nestled in the back of the net.
City were three goals to the good after 26 minutes when the newest member of City's '100 Club' Krystle Johnston found herself clear on the Coventry right, bearing down on goal she drove an unstoppable shot past Wood, catching the keeper out when she may have been expecting a cross.
Coventry changed formation at the beginning of the second half, moving to three at the back in an attempt to get themselves back in the game. City struggled to get to grips with their opponents change in the opening 20 minutes of the half. On the hour Jordan replaced Johnston and on 70 minutes was rewarded with her first opportunity on goal which Wood was equal to.
City attacks were now becoming more frequent and should have extended their lead in the 73rd, 77th & 80th minutes with chances falling the way of Jordan & Danby. However the damage had been done in the first half and City were happy to take all three points back to Manchester.
Leigh Wood gave his view on the final result, "a good team performance today and a very much needed 3 points. Our movement on and off the ball was really good in the 1st half and we caused Coventry lots of problems, scoring 2 good goals. They changed their shape in the 2nd half and for the opening 20 minutes the game became a battle, but for the last part of the game we played some great counter attacking football and should have scored at least another 2 or 3 goals with the chances we created. Well done Ladies".
CITY XI: Worrall, Middleton, Harding, Lee (Turner 71), McManus (Nightingale 79), Bayley, Buffel, Johnston (Jordan 57), Savage (c), Shepherd, Danby
SUBS: McLellan, Jordan, Turner, Nightingale, Young