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City Ladies 17-0 Middleton: Report

  • 21 January 2013 16:40
  • Posted by @NieldyMCFC / Words by Jordan Kenny

In one of the few Women's Football matches to beat the weather this weekend, City Ladies put their local opponents Middleton to the sword in the County Cup Quarter final, running in 17 unanswered goals on a bitterly cold day at the Regional.

A much changed City line up saw Carly Bayley assume the captaincy, with other first team players Saffron Jordan, Chelsea Nightingale and Abbie McManus also featuring in a youthful line up with only the returning keeper Andrea Worrall over the age of 21.

Middleton set up to try to press City from the start, but the Blues proved too strong on the day. The pacey Becky Grocott got the goal fest underway with little more than five minutes on the clock, with Dani Lea running riot down the right wing the chances were falling City's way, with Lea proving no less than seven assists alone in the first half.

The opening 45 provided a four goals for Saffron Jordan, with the pick of them an expertly back healed volley into the Middleton net following a cross from Lea. City were rampant in the first half with a further two goals each coming from Nightingale and Bayley. An own goal from a Middleton defender saw City extend their lead to 11-0 at the break.

A half time substitution saw four-goal Jordan depart to be replaced by Coral O'Keefe and it was not long into the second period until the change paid dividends when O'Keefe scored City's 12th of the game. Brougham also got in on the act slotting home the 13th following good work from Bayley.

Further changes were made by Wood with McManus and Nightingale coming off for Hannah Fryer and Rebecca Foster. Foster then got on the score sheet herself not long after to take the score to 14-0. Grocott then completed her hatrick before Caroline Ward got the goal her hard work deserved to make it 16. The day was rounded off when debutant Trudi Harbinson scored a right footed finish from 25 yards.

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