City Ladies v Sheffield FC: Match report
- 04 February 2013 16:18
- Posted by @NieldyMCFC / Words by Kevin Sims
A late rally from opponents Sheffield FC in the final 10 minutes of the game wasn't enough as City sealed their place in the 4th Round of the Women's FA Cup.
City started brightly, going ahead in just the second minute when Krystle Johnston found time and space on the edge of the Sheffield area, placing a superb right footed curling effort into the top left hand corner with the first shot of the game.
The Blues extended their advantage in the ninth minute when the ball fell to Abbie McManus 12 yards out; keeping her composure she took a touch to control then found Lindsay Savage in space on the right who drilled the ball into the bottom right hand corner.
The two-goal advantage was threatened in the 19th minute following neat work down the City right which saw a cross drilled into the box. Middleton was alert to the danger clearing the ball to safety.
Opportunities for both teams were limited in the first half with City scoring from their two chances and Sheffield getting two of their four shots direct on Worrall's goal.
The opening ten minutes of the second half saw a more resurgent Sheffield team as they pressed City looking for a way back into the game. The Blues could and perhaps should have put the game beyond doubt in the 59th minute when Johnston threaded a neat pass through to Young. Clean through, Young forced a fantastic save from the Sheffield keeper, diving to her right to palm it away.
City weren't to be denied the third when a cross from Amanda Goodwin found Sarah Danby tightly marked in the box, she rolled the defender, stayed on her feet to round the onrushing keeper and finished into an empty net to all but seal the tie.
Despite a spirited comeback from Sheffield, City held on and look forward to the 4th Round.
City Starting XI: Worrall, Middleton, Harding, Shepherd, McManus, Nightingale, Young, Johnston, Savage (c), Goodwin, Danby
Bench: Lee (Goodwin 76), Jordan (Johnston 82), Buffel, Bayley