Cup shock for Ladies
- Mon 10 Jan 2011, 3:21PM
- Posted by Alex Rowen
In an exciting second round tie, City’s Ladies fell victim to a classic FA Cup giant-killing act as they were beaten 3-2 by an impressive Mossley Hill.
Despite playing two divisions below the Blues, the visitors put in a battling performance and having levelled the tie in the 89th minute, went on to win the game in extra-time.
The hosts started the brighter of the two sides but it was Mossley Hill who broke the deadlock with a 12th minute opener. An uncharacteristic mix-up in City’s backline left both defence and goalkeeper stranded and allowed Sophie Perry to tap in from close range.
A goal behind, City continued to pile on the pressure, only to be denied by an excellent goalkeeping display from Mossley stopper Davis.
The Blues went in a goal down at half-time but City’s pressure was finally rewarded in the second half when Levi Wensley cut in from the right to shoot past Davis in the 67th minute.
After goal-scorer Wensley had a good chance to put the blues ahead saved by Davis, Becky Grocott found a way past the Mossley ’keeper in the 81st minute and had seemed to have won the tie for the Blues.
Both sides pressed to score the next all-important goal and it came courtesy of a fortunate strike from Mossley’s Carla Lee. Having looked to cross the ball for her strikers, Lee’s hopeful ball in the 89th minute looped over the City goalie and found its way into the top corner of the goal to take the game into extra-time.
Tiredness began to affect both sides and when Stacey Jo Kelly’s long ball over the top was met by Sophie Perry in the 95th minute, Mossley’s comeback was complete. City fought hard to find an elusive equaliser but it never came and the Blues were beaten 3-2.
City manager Leigh Wood admitted after the game that he had hoped for a good run in the Cup but paid tribute to City’s excellent opponents: “Credit to Mossley Hill. Today they put their bodies on the line and their never-say-die attitude towards the end of the game got them the win. It was very disappointing the way we defended today, and we should have dealt with the long ball. We'll learn from this and bounce back against Newcastle next week.”