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An interview with... Millie Waud (Gillingham)   Share This 
 Women's Football WNL South News - 16 Apr 2021
 
WNL South News - An interview with... Millie Waud (Gillingham) - 16 Apr 2021 - Women's Football NewsFor the second week in a row, Gillingham came from behind to win in the Vitality Women's FA Cup and their reward for a 2-1 extra time win at Cheltenham Town is a meeting with mighty Arsenal in the Fourth Round.
 
We talked to Gills defender Millie Waud, who praised the team for their resolve and character in both wins against Crawley Wasps and Cheltenham, as well as relishing the propect of facing up to a star-studded Arsenal side this Sunday:
 
WSS: Another really good win for you away to tough opponents, you must be delighted with that result at Cheltenham?
MW: The girls worked extremely hard during the Cheltenham game! It was a tough game which we expected. There's not a better feeling then winning a tough game like that, let alone going through to the next round in the FA Cup.
 
WSS: For the second week running, you had to come from behind to win, which surely demonstrates the team's character and resolve right now?
MW: Coming back from losing has never been a speciality of our team throughout the years. I think last season, with lots of faces joining, and then being hit with a lockdown, it shows just how far we have come as a team, we have developed a tight bond and we have a really good team ethos in order to have the character to come back in both games. I think it shows how much we wanted this.
 
WSS: Otesha Charles is picking up a happy habit for you of scoring late winners, what were the last few minutes like after she put you 2-1 ahead?
MW: Against Crawley, scoring in the last few minutes was an unimaginable feeling, but then having to hold on to that lead until the whistle, we had to remain calm and focused and I'm sure the coaching stuff were on the edge of their seats. Likewise with Cheltenham, watching from the sideline I think was even a worse feeling! I think we were all anxious. But huge credit to Otesha who had worked tremendously hard to keep up her hard work all the way up until 90 minutes and she is a great asset and threat in our squad.
 
WSS: How important though was the challenge by Amy Haynes to prevent a goal a few minutes earlier?
MW: Crucial - I think all challenges and one-v-one should be crucial, if all players win their battles we win the game. The heart and desire from every team member, including Amy has been the reason for our success. I think Amy has stepped up massively as a young player into a new position of right back and been on top form!
 
WSS: Now of course it is the small matter (!) of playing away to Arsenal in the next round, is this a match you could possibly have even imagined playing just a few weeks ago?
MW: Playing Arsenal Women, I think everyone would agree was a joke to us all at first. Although we knew it was a possibility, I don't even think it feels real to us now we are here. It was only a few months ago we were watching clips of their performances to get ideas and improve our game and know they are our opponents!
 
WSS: You could possibly be lining up against the likes of Miedema, Little, Mead, Nobbs and van de Donk on the day, how exciting or daunting a prospect is that?
MW: I mean these players are world class, players we all look up to and young girls look up to. I think it's exciting to play against the best, and is a great experience we will all definitely remember for the rest of our lives. Yes of course, it is extremely daunting and I'm sure we will all be nervous, but we have nothing to lose and we have no pressure, so I think we will also be just excited and up for the challenge.
 
WSS: Whatever happens on Sunday, you can look back on a good Cup run which will bring you a lot of publicity and important prize money for club funds?
MW: This cup run has been the best I have experienced, and playing Arsenal is a huge achievement for the club and individuals. This cup run was unexpected but a great building block for confidence for next season - and of course, publicity is also positive as well as the prize money to help fund our travel and club for next season! It's nice to repay our management staff and behind the scenes team for all their hard work!
 
WSS: Are you confident that the team can build on this cup run and go on to better things next season?
MW: 100%. This is just the beginning for our squad we have got so much more to give and learn, and I think this cup run, considering we haven't played or trained together as a team throughout lockdown, just shows what we are capable of. And I think we are a force to be reckoned with!
 
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Chi ready to face Hammers   Share This 
 Women's Football FA Women's Cup News - 16 Apr 2021
 
Chichester & Selsey have the chance to take on FA WSL side West Ham United this week in the Fourth Round of the Vitality Women's FA Cup, following their 2-1 win away to Leyton Orient last Sunday.
 
Chi midfielder Gemma Simmonds is looking forward to taking on their illustrious opponents, telling Women's Soccer Scene: "For everyone connected with the club, it is very exciting to be playing West Ham in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup. With the the unfortunate stoppages this season and also the league being declared null and void, our aim was to progress as far as possible in the cup. Obviously we know it's going to be a tough game but we don't want our season to end just yet, we will be looking to give everything we can on Sunday.
 
"As a footballer, you always want to play against the best teams and in the best league as possible. It is a chance for us to challenge ourselves and I am relishing the prospect of playing against a WSL team. Hopefully we can perform well and showcase what we are about.
 
"We will want to ensure we stay focused during the game and try not to get too carried away with the occasion. Also, we want to try and play the football we know we can that has helped us be more successful and effective this season. Ultimately we want to enjoy the game of football because it has been such a great feeling to be back playing again!"
 

 
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Oxford aiming to test Charlton   Share This 
 Women's Football FA Women's Cup News - 16 Apr 2021
 
Oxford United have the chance to take on Championship opposition this Sunday, when they take on Charlton Athletic in the Fourth Round of the Vitality Women's FA Cup.
 
The U's reached this stage with a 3-1 victory over Billericay Town and Carly Johns, who scored the opening goal in the win, said of the prospect of facing the Addicks: "It will be a massive challenge; I think we've only played a couple of Championship sides in the last couple of seasons so it will be good to test how far we have come along, so I'm buzzing for Sunday."
 
"It'll be really good to challenge ourselves against a Championship side," added midfielder Emily Allen. "We have confidence and believe that we should be at that level.
 
"I think it will be really good, not only to test ourselves at that level but see if we can put a good performance in."
 

 
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Northern Ireland put seal on historic win   Share This 
 Women's Football Euros News - 16 Apr 2021
 
Northern Ireland 2 (Callaghan 55, Caldwell 90)
Ukraine 0
Northern Ireland won 4-1 on aggregate

Northern Ireland sealed their place in next year's UEFA Women's Euro 2022 Finals in England with a commanding display and victory at Seaview.
 
The result was no more than they deserved with an excellent defensive display when needed and taking their chances when they came, to round off a 4-1 aggregate victory over the play-off matches.
 
Ukraine made four changes from the first leg and started the match with intent, searching for an early goal to bring the tie level on aggregate again. However, Northern Ireland were looking very dangerous from set pieces and one almost led to them taking a lead, a scramble from a corner was almost bundled in by Laura Rafferty.
 
Then Northern Ireland captain Marissa Callaghan, who had replaced the injured Rachel Furness in the number ten role, had a snapshot blocked and a neat through ball from Sarah McFadden just failed to reach Kirsty McGuinness as she threatened to break free down the left.
 
On 32 minutes, Northern Ireland striker Simone Magill outpaced the Ukraine defence and fired in a low drive from an angle which was collected at the near post by Ukrainian keeper Kateryna Samson.
 
Towards the end of the half, the visitors pushed forward and the home defence had to dig deep to keep them out. There were some timely blocks and interventions, with the experienced trio of Julie Nelson, Ashley Hutton and McFadden in the thick of it flanked by Rebecca Holloway and the excellent Rebecca McKenna, who once again greatly impressed.
 
On the stroke of half time, Ukraine captain Darya Apanashchenko, who was beginning to look dangerous with her close control and slick passing, drilled a low shot wide of the mark before Nelson stepped in to stifle a penetrating run into the area by Olha Ovdiychuk.
 
Northern Ireland negotiated the spell of pressure and took control of the game in the early stages of the second half. They were rewarded ten minutes after the restart as they went in front, Nelson floated a free kick into the area towards Callaghan, who flicked the ball on and turned to touch past the advancing Samson before sliding it into the empty net from an acute angle.
 
The home side's tails were up after the strike and moments later the Ukraine defence were under pressure again as Magill and Kirsty McGuinness combined, however McGuinness was forced wide and her low cross drifted out of play.
 
The visitors continued to press and rained a number of crosses into the area but both Nelson and Hutton, using all their experience to great effect, were imperious at the back and headed most of them clear. Burns' handling was faultless all night when called upon and Northern Ireland always looked sharp on the break, Chloe McCarron making a great break down the right but just failed to find Magill with her low centre.
 
At the other end, McFadden produced a superbly timed challenge to thwart a Ukraine attack, while Ovdiychuk fired a shot harmlessly over the top.
 
Ukraine's task was made even harder late on as they were reduced to ten players, Natiya Pantsulaya being shown a straight red for veering away from the ball and blocking off McFadden as she was running towards the Ukrainian area.
 
As the game entered six minutes of added time Northern Ireland substitute Sam Kelly produced a lovely piece of skill to force a corner and then she scooped a shot wide from distance.
 
Ukraine threw all they could but could make no impression against the home defence, for whom the icing on the cake was yet to come.
 
Right at the death, Caldwell sealed the win for Northern Ireland. Magill nicked the ball off a defender and nudged it to the midfielder, who showed great coolness to cleverly round the keeper and stroke the ball home to spark off wild celebrations and complete an unforgettable night.
 
Northern Ireland: Jackie Burns, Rebecca Holloway, Sarah McFadden (sub Toni-Leigh Finnegan 90mins), Julie Nelson, Ashley Hutton, Rebecca McKenna, Marissa Callaghan (sub Nadene Caldwell 90mins), Chloe McCarron, Simone Magill, Laura Rafferty, Kirsty McGuinness (sub Samantha Kelly 85mins). Subs not used: Rebecca Flaherty, Ciara Watling, Emma McMaster, Louise McDaniel, Emily Wilson, Danielle Maxwell, Kerry Anne Beattie.
 
Ukraine: Kateryna Samson, Anastasiya Filenko, Olha Basanska, Lyubov Shmatko, Olha Boichenko (sub Yana Malakhova 75mins), Olha Ovdiychuk, Darya Apanashchenko, Natiya Pantsulaya, Tamila Khimich, Nadiya Kunina (sub Nicole Kozlova 58mins), Darya Kravets (sub Roksolana Kravchuk 69mins). Subs not used: Daryna Bondarchuk, Iryna Sanina, Iryna Podolska, Iya Andrushchak, Anna Petryk, Veronika Andrukhiv, Yana Kalinina, Anna Voronina, Anastasiya Voronina.

 

 
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Mistakes cost England dear   Share This 
 Women's Football England International News - 16 Apr 2021
 
England 0
Canada 2 (Viens 3, Prince 86)
at Stoke City F.C.

England were made to pay for two defensive errors as early and late goals condemned them to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Canada.
 
Evelyne Viens struck in the second minute to give the Canucks an early lead that the Lionesses worked hard to scrub out in the first half. But despite several chances falling to Georgia Stanway, Hege Riise's side couldn't break through and Nichelle Prince struck on 87 minutes to ensure defeat against a team led by former England assistant coach Bev Priestman.
 
England made it hard for themselves from the off, when they were caught cold after just two minutes and 30 seconds when, although Viens was in an offside position from Jessie Fleming's initial pass, she took advantage of hesitant defending to dispossess Demi Stokes and stab home past Carly Telford.
 
The hosts re-settled themselves and enjoyed dominant patterns of possession, with Stanway often breaking energetically from midfield. Stanway came close to catching out Canada keeper Stephanie Labbe from fully 40 yards and then drove wide two minutes later.
 
It was Stanway's central midfield partner Jordan Nobbs who came closest for England on the half hour mark though, when Labbe tipped her free kick onto the bar.
 
Deanne Rose was proving a tricky customer for Riise's back four to deal with and she led a counter attack that ended when Quinn's well-directed shot forced Telford into a save.
 
Ella Toone was introduced in place of Fran Kirby at the break and that seemed to help the Lionesses open up space between the lines, with Beth England flicking a header on target in the opening minutes of the second half.
 
Lucy Bronze, also on from the bench, then repelled two Canada set pieces and Nobbs broke with searing pace down the right flank, finding Toone with a looping cross that the attacking midfielder couldn't control. Lauren Hemp remained a threat on the left and the Manchester City winger skinned right back Ashley Lawrence but her low delivery eluded onrushing team mates.
 
Livewire Hemp then nicked possession deep in Canada territory and drove into the box where Vanessa Giles made a telling recovering challenge to prevent the winger from scoring with a superbly timed tackle.
 
However England's hopes of salvaging a draw were dashed in the final minutes, as Prince energetically chased down a back pass to Karen Bardsley and was rewarded when she slid in as Bardsley hesitated to divert home and wrap up the result.
 
England: Carly Telford (sub Karen Bardsley 45mins), Rachel Daly (sub Lucy Bronze 64mins), Demi Stokes (sub Alex Greenwood 32mins), Georgia Stanway, Millie Bright, Leah Williamson, Nikita Parris (sub Ellen White 80mins), Jordan Nobbs, Beth England (sub Chloe Kelly 64mins), Fran Kirby (sub Ella Toone 45mins), Lauren Hemp. Subs not used: Keira Walsh, Millie Turner, Jill Scott, Ellie Roebuck, Sandy MacIver, Beth Mead, Niamh Charles, Lotte Wubben-Moy, Esme Morgan.
 
Canada: Stephanie Labbe, Allysha Chapman, Ashley Lawrence, Shelina Zadorsky, Quinn (sub Sophie Schmidt 82mins), Deanne Rose (sub Nichelle Prince 59mins), Vanessa Gilles, Jessie Fleming, Janine Beckie, Evelyne Viens (sub Jordyn Huitema 59mins), Desiree Scott (sub Jayde Riviere 66mins). Subs not used: Julia Grosso, Gabrielle Carle, Erin McLeod, Jordyn Listro, Jade Rose, Rylee Foster, Lindsay Agnew, Samantha Chang, Cloe Lacasse, Sarah Stratigakis, Jenna Hellstrom.

 

 
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Wales hit back for draw   Share This 
 Women's Football Wales International News - 16 Apr 2021
 
Wales 1 (Fishlock 60)
Denmark 1 (Harder 24)

Wales earned themselves a very credible draw against Denmark as Gemma Grainger's side built on the positives from the performance in the defeat against Canada at the Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday night.
 
Wales made just one change to the starting line-up for this second international friendly as Josie Green replaced Lily Woodham, but there was also an important tactical change as captain Sophie Ingle was moved out of defence and into her preferred position in midfield.
 
Denmark showed their intentions from the start as Nicoline Christiansen combined with Harder to set up Stine Larsen. However, it was Gemma Evans who came close to opening the scoring at the other end of the field after ten minutes as her looping header was turned over the bar by Lene Christensen.
 
The positive approach from both teams made for an exciting start, with Natasha Harding enjoying a lot more of the ball than she did against Canada, whilst Sara Thrige, Larsen and Harder all narrowly missed the target as Denmark tested the new look Welsh defence with their pace and sharp passing in the final third.
 
It was Harder who opened the scoring on 24 minutes as she beat Laura O'Sullivan after a period of sustained pressure by the Danes. The creative brilliance of Harder was proving difficult for Wales to contain.
 
On 31 minutes, Jessica Fishlock tested Christensen in the Denmark goal to offer a sign that Wales could create chances when they had the ball, and shortly after the midfielder had an long range effort blocked by Larsen. It was the catalyst to Wales showing just what they are capable of in possession, with Ceri Holland and Angharad James also coming close to levelling the score ahead of the break.
 
There was a determination from Wales following the restart, and the side showed a clear intention to take something from the game as they pushed high up the field in possession. Their efforts brought reward on the hour mark as Fishlock scored the equaliser, volleying past Christensen from close range.
 
Denmark made a number of changes in an attempt to restore their lead, but it was Wales that were clearly in the ascendency as the game finished all square, a highly encouraging result for new manager Gemma Grainger in only her second match in charge.
 
Wales: Laura O'Sullivan, Rhiannon Roberts. Gemma Evans, Sophie Ingle, Rachel Rowe, Josie Green, Ceri Holland (sub Elise Hughes 80mins), Angharad James, Kayleigh Green, Jessica Fishlock, Natasha Harding. Subs not used: Olivia Clark, Poppy Soper, Anna Filbey, Helen Ward, Chloe Williams, Charlie Estcourt, Bethan Roberts, Lily Woodham, Carrie Jones, Georgia Walters, Maria Francis-Jones, Ffion Morgan, Esther Morgan, Kylie Nolan.
 
Denmark: Lene Christensen, Rikke Sevecke, Simone Boye Sorensen, Nanna Christiansen (sub Sofie Svava 45mins), Emma Snerle (sub Katherine Kuhl 81mins), Pernille Harder (sub Caroline Moller 73mins), Katrine Veje (sub Sara Holmgaard 81mins), Stine Larsen (sub Olivia Holdt 73mins), Sofie Junge Pedersen (sub Sanne Troelsgaard 45mins), Nicoline Sorensen, Sara Thrige Andersen. Subs not used: Katrine Svane, Katherine Larsen, Nadia Nadim, Frederikke Thogersen, Signe Bruun, Josefine Hasbo, Luna Gevitz.
 
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Gillingham earn dream tie with Arsenal   Share This 
 Women's Football FA Women's Cup News - 16 Apr 2021
 
FA Women's Cup News - Gillingham earn dream tie with Arsenal - 16 Apr 2021 - Women's Football NewsCheltenham Town 1 Gillingham 2 (aet)
Gillingham battled their way into the Fourth Round of the Vitality Women's FA Cup with a 2-1 extra time victory over Cheltenham Town to earn a tie with FA WSL giants Arsenal.
 
The match was a tight, even affair at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium with the FAWNL Division One South West hosts matching their higher tier visitors in every department throughout the match. As with their previous round win over Crawley Wasps, Gills had to retrieve a deficit and, just as last week, it was Otesha Charles who scored the winning goal with seven minutes to play.
 
Gills keeper Cara Davies was soon in action, advancing from her line to collect as Jade Grove raced towards goal but both defences were generally in charge in the opening quarter. The first serious attempt on goal came in the 20th minute when a Charlotte Criddle corner was met by Mai Butler with Davies tipping over the header.
 
Gillingham started to exert some pressure around the half hour mark, also through set pieces , Georgia Griffin going close from a Jade Keogh free kick, then Lydia Wills hitting the post with a header from a Griffin corner, but the break arrived with a blank scoreline.
 
There was once again nothing to choose between the sides on the restart. Both defensive units were tight and alert, quick to block shots and any threat was mainly with shots from distance. Criddle had a powerful free kick well held by Davies whilst at the other end there was momentary danger when keeper Molly Ripley lost a high ball but the Robinesses defence was once again alert to the danger and cleared.
 
Cheltenham took the lead on 66 minutes when a Criddle free kick was returned into the box by Billie Haynes and was turned past Davies by a defender from close range.
 
Gillingham responded well and were level on 73 minutes with a lofted shot from distance by Keogh. With substitute Mel Espinosa getting on the ball in midfield, Gillingham were able to exert greater control on the game for the final fifteen minutes but Cheltenham stood firm to deservedly take the match to extra time.
 
Abby Bevan, with a fine run on goal, nearly restored Cheltenham's lead at the end of the first period of extra time but substitute Lauren Kayll was denied by a last ditch block by Amy Haynes. On the restart, Charles got into a dangerous position on the right and finally was able to work enough time and space to get in a low shot which squeezed past Ripley's dive for the winning goal.
 
Cheltenham battled to the end to try to force penalties but in defeat, must be heartened that they have taken two higher division teams to extra time and matched the quality and style of play of their opponents on successive weekends. For Gillingham, the reward for two hard fought away wins is another away day against a star studded team of professionals.
 
Cheltenham Town: Molly Ripley, Sammy Hallsworth, Mai Butler, Rebecca Halford, Charlotte Criddle, Billie Haynes, Lauren Ellis, Abby Bevan, Ruby Scahill, Jade Grove, Sarah King. Subs: Holly Rogers, Courtney Jones, Jess Hood, Kirsten Rendall, Tamzin Hayward, Cerys Dolloway, Sophie Griffiths, Harriet Lambe, Lauren Kayll.
 
Gillingham: Cara Davies, Jasmine Auguste, Georgia Pearch, Hannah Wheeler, Vicky Ashton-Jones, Georgia Griffin, Jade Keogh, Otesha Charles, Lydia Wills, Lilli Maple, Amy Haynes. Subs: Millie Waud, Mel Espinosa, Daisy Monaghan, Lauren Parsons, Sophie Chapman, Abi Hearn, Trinity Barden, Maddison Chamney-Farrand.
 
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
 
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
 
(top) Jade Grove battles for the ball with Georgia Pearch
(middle) Amy Haynes takes on Rebecca Halford
(bottom) Lauren Ellis is challenged by Jasmine Auguste

 

 
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Four-star Wolves stun Watford   Share This 
 Women's Football FA Women's Cup News - 16 Apr 2021
 
FA Women's Cup News - Four-star Wolves stun Watford - 16 Apr 2021 - Women's Football NewsWolverhampton Wanderers claimed a second successive scalp from the division above, this time with an impressive 4-1 win away to Watford which takes them through to the Fourth Round of the Vitality Women's FA Cup.
 
Jade Cross gave Wolves the lead in the ninth minute, with Katie O'Leary levelling the scores just ahead of the break. Kelly Darby restored the visitors' lead and they went on to add further goals through an Anna Morphet penalty and Jamila Palmer, to book themselves a home tie with Blackburn Rovers.
 
Burnley FC Women have a dream tie against Manchester Utd after getting past Sunderland on a penalty shootout. The match itself ended goalless after extra time, taking it to penalties where Burnley captain and goalkeeper Lauren Bracewell emerged as their heroine with three saves as the Clarets won 3-1 from the spot.
 
Gillingham now travel to Arsenal following their 2-1 extra time success at Cheltenham Town. Jade Keogh and Otesha Charles scored the goals for the Gills, after an own goal had put Cheltenham ahead (see match report).
 
Chichester & Selsey are another team who will play WSL opponents as they came through a tricky tie with a 2-1 victory over Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road. All of the goals came in the first half, Sophie Phelps' early goal for Chi was cancelled out by Nyara Denny but Natasha Wild scored what proved to be the winner and sets her side up with a meeting against West Ham Utd.
 
Southampton FC Women swept into the Fourth Round by defeating Yeovil Utd 3-0. Shannon Sievwright gave Southampton a first half lead via a superb strike from the edge of the area and after the break, Sophia Pharoah finished off a good move when she slid home from close range. Rachel Panting made it three with a left foot shot to seal a fine win for the Saints, who will travel further along the South Coast this Sunday to face Championship side Lewes.
 
Huddersfield Town meanwhile survived a scare as they defeated Brighouse Town on penalties following a 1-1 draw. Amy Woodruff gave a plucky Brighouse side a first half lead from the spot, with Brittany Sanderson equalising after the break. Extra time could not decided a winner and it was Huddersfield who won 5-3 in the resulting shootout, Katie Nutter slotting home the winning penalty.
 
Huddersfield will now be at home to Derby County, who ran out 4-1 winners away to West Bromwich Albion. Jodie Michalska and Ellie Gilliatt each netted braces to give the Ewe Rams an impressive victory, whilst Albion's consolation came from Emily Owen.
 
Oxford Utd produced a good performance to end the cup run of Billericay Town, beating them 3-1. Carly Johns put the U's in front midway through the first half with a well taken goal and Daisy McLachlan doubled their lead from a corner after the break. Billericay dug in and Georgia Morton pulled a goal back with twelve minutes remaining but any hopes of a fightback were well and truly ended with Emily Allen fired home a 30-yard screamer to seal the win. Oxford's reward is a home tie this week against Charlton Athletic.
 
Middlesbrough ended the run of Wem Town Ladies with a 4-0 victory and they now face Sheffield Utd. ‘Boro took the lead through a long range strrike from Katie Wilson midway through the first half, with Libby Dixon making it two shortly after the interval. Wilson increased their advantage with her second on the day and Armani Maxwell rounded off the scoring.
 
Photo - Cheltenham Town celebrate taking the lead against Gillingham (Will Cheshire).
 

 
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Regional Leagues round-up...   Share This 
 Women's Football Regional Premier Eastern News - 16 Apr 2021
 
Eastern Region League
The first round of matches in the Challenge Cup were played on Sunday and it was Harlow Town who recorded the biggest win on the day, scoring seven times without reply against Wodson Park. AFC Dunstable also started well by beating Haringey Borough 5-1. Gemma Darvill, Chelsea Jeffrey, Tia Steadman, Lori Wilson-Phillips and Hannah Ring were all on target for Dunstable, with Kasandra Rukat replying. Chelsea Clarke (2), Laura Nicholls and Hannah Waters were the markswomen for Wymondham Town as they defeated Colney Heath 4-0, whilst Bowers & Pitsea won 3-0 against Stevenage Women Development thanks to a Sarah Wilson double and Sophie Rhodes. Goals from Carla Penny (2) and Grace Stanley steered Cambridge City Development to a 3-1 success away to Wroxham, whose consolation came from Kayleigh Holloway, Ruth Fox meanwhile netted twice for St Ives Town in their 2-0 win against Needham Market. Bedf0rd Ladies were 3-2 winners at King's Lynn Town and Haverhill Rovers edged out Royston Town on a penalty shootout, winning 10-9 from the spot after the match had finished level at 4-4. Jenna Wright had scored twice for Haverhill during open play along with Stacey Roper and Charlotte Westrope.
 
Southern Region League
Abingdon Utd were the leaders of the Premier Division when the league season was halted and they opened up in the Subsidiary Cup with a 7-1 victory over Oxford City on Sunday. Sadie Timbs and Molly Lygo-Jackson led the scoring with two goals apiece, while Rosie McCabe, Kiera Isaac and Tiana Russell-Cartwright were also on target. AFC Bournemouth CST meanwhile netted six times without reply, Molly Clark hitting a hat-trick along with one apiece from Katie Kingshott, Becky Barron and Chloe Newton. Nicole Brown (2), Amy Woollard, Darcey Young and Emma Hutton accounted for the goals as Ascot Utd defeated Abbey Rangers 5-0. New Milton Town won 2-1 against AFC Bournemouth CST Development thanks to Olivia Bessant and Lucy Slater, with Lucy Coalter replying.
 
Bristol Lockdown Friendly Cup
Eight teams which play in the South West Women's Regional League are playing a tournament with two groups of four, which got underway on Sunday.
 
Bristol Ladies Union started their group matches well, running out 7-1 winners over AEK Boco. Kate Morgan and Stella Gandee-Morgan each scored twice along with Madison Price, Rhianna Ben-Carew and Hannah Price, whilst Boco's consolation came from Eloise Nicholas. In the other match, a solitary goal from Ruby Michael earned Frampton Rangers a 1-0 victory away to Downend Flyers.
 
Almondsbury opened up by beating Oldland Abbotonians 4-0, thanks to a goal apiece from Emma Summerill, Maddie Wood, Amy Jefferies and Adele Brown. Chipping Sodbury meanwhile won 3-1 against Portishead Town, Tianna Bishop and Estelle Randall scoring along with an own goal, Portishead's consolation coming from Molly Yeatman.
 

 

 
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Gilly gives Gunners winning start   Share This 
 Women's Football FA WSL news - 13 Apr 2021
 
FA WSL news - Gilly gives Gunners winning start - 13 Apr 2021 - Women's Football NewsTo mark the tenth anniversary of the first match in the FA WSL, we have reprinted our match report from Arsenal's 1-0 win against Matt Beard's Chelsea. How many names in each starting line up do you remember? Women's Soccer Scene was there for the first match and has been with the league ever since - happy anniversary to the FA WSL!
Chelsea 0 Arsenal 1 (Flaherty 34)
 
Arsenal made a winning start to their FA WSL campaign in a game of few chances against a dogged Chelsea side at Tooting & Mitcham.
 
Full back Gilly Flaherty was the unlikely scorer of the league's first ever goal in the live televised match in front of a crowd of just over 2,510.
 
Although Arsenal had the better of the territory during the early stages, it was Chelsea who produced the first shot on goal when Helen Lander sent a speculative long range effort over the bar.
 
Both sides were struggling to cope with the bobbly surface which made a passing game almost impossible and the pitch played a huge part in affecting chances at either end. Firstly, after latching onto a good ball from Hayley Morwood, Ashlee Hincks skied her shot over after the ball sat up, then Arsenal hit back with Jennifer Beattie released Ellen White on goal but again the ball did not run for her and Claire Rafferty was able to get back and deny her a shooting opportunity.
 
The two defences remained tight and chances were difficult to create and it was no surprise that the breakthrough came via a set piece. Kim Little drilled a corner across the face of goal, the Chelsea defence did not clear and Flaherty was on hand to prod the ball home from close range.
 
Arsenal then had a great chance to double their lead as Beattie slid the ball through for Ellen White. The striker looked to be offside but no flag was raised and she rounded Carly Telford but found the angle too tight and her shot hit the side netting.
 
The second half was mainly confined to the midfield area with precious few attempts on goal, apart from a 30-yard strike by Beattie which flew over. The Arsenal defence was dealing with most Chelsea attacks with Faye White in good form and Steph Houghton having a fine game at full back. At the other end, Chelsea captain Kylie Davies led her side well and Morwood showed some nice touches whenever the ball was able to find the ground, while Leanne Champ typically made a number of robust challenges in midfield.
 
However Arsenal did need to survive a goalmouth scramble as Lara Fay found Danni Buet with a good ball and her low cross just evaded Lander and Rafferty could not quite bundle the ball in at the far post, Faye White making a vital block before Emma Byrne finally gathered.
 
Arsenal stood firm to keep Chelsea well at bay during the closing stages although goalscorer Flaherty was forced to leave the field through injury. The Gunners saw the game trough to grind out three hard earned points.
 
Chelsea: Carly Telford, Sophie Perry, Claire Rafferty (sub Emma Plewa 88mins), Kylie Davies, Gemma Bonner, Leanne Champ, Ashlee Hincks (sub Becky Jane 74mins), Danni Buet, Helen Lander, Hayley Morwood, Dannii Bird (sub Lara Fay 67mins). Subs not used: Sarah Quantrill, Shelby Hills.
 
Arsenal: Emma Byrne, Steph Houghton, Gilly Flaherty (sub Jordan Nobbs 88mins), Niamh Fahey, Ciara Grant, Faye White, Kim Little (sub Lauren Bruton 90mins), Katie Chapman, Ellen White, Jennifer Beattie (sub Danielle Carter 69mins), Rachel Yankey. Subs not used: Rebecca Spencer, Yvonne Tracy.

 
Photo - Rachel Yankey battles with Danni Buet (www.jamesprickett.co.uk).

 
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Port Talbot halt Swansea run   Share This 
 Women's Football Wales Premier League News - 13 Apr 2021
 
It was a strange day in the Orchard Welsh Premier Women's League in that nine goals were scored in the four matches on Sunday, but only two of the eight teams actually found the net.
 
Prior to last Sunday, there hadn't been any goalless draws this season in the league but two of the four games ended 0-0.
 
This included leaders Swansea City's short trip to Port Talbot Town, which ended with the points being shared. Port Talbot therefore become the first team to take points off Swansea so far this season, the reigning Champions having won all of their previous nine games.
 
Cardiff Met Women have reduced the gap on Swansea to three points after scoring seven times without reply away to Cascade Youth Club. Chloe O'Connor gave Met the lead with eight minutes on the clock and Erin Murray added a second, before Emily Richards netted a quickfire double ahead of half time. In the second half, O'Connor and Murray both scored again to complete their respective doubles, with Robyn Pinder rounding off the scoring fourteen minutes from time.
 
Abergavenny Women have made a swift return to the top three following a 2-0 victory over Briton Ferry Llansawel. The prolific Lyndsey Davies was once again on target for Aber, bagging a goal in each half to bring an end to a run of five matches without a win. Abergavenny therefore move back above Cardiff City Women and Port Talbot on goal difference.
 
The other match saw Aberystwyth Town notch up their fifth point of the season when sharing a goalless draw with Cyncoed Ladies. The Mighty Oaks remain in sixth place, one position above Aberystwyth.
 

 
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 Women's Football Scottish WPL News - 13 Apr 2021
 
The top two are continuing to set a hot pace in the SBS Scottish Women's Premier League and it is Rangers who remain as leaders on goal difference at the end of the day following their 5-0 victory over Spartans.
 
Although Spartans did give a good account of themselves in the match which was televised live by BBC Alba, it was Rangers who took the lead through Kirsty Howat midway through the first half and Zoe Ness made it two just before half time. Lizzie Arnot drove home a third shortly after the hour and Rangers went on to crown the win with further goals late on from Clare Gemmell and Howat.
 
The win actually returned Rangers to the top of the table after Glasgow City had spent a few hours there, thanks to a 7-0 success away to Forfar Farmington. The home side went into the match on the back of a good win seven days earlier, but it was City who took the lead two minutes before the interval thanks to Sharon Wojcik. Ole Fulutudilu bagged a quickfire double in the opening five minutes of the second half, with Nicole Robertson and Julia Molin adding further goals ahead of the hour. Joanne Love increased City's advantage with eight minutes remaining, before Fulutudilu completed her hat-trick in the dying minutes.
 
Celtic gained a much needed 3-0 victory against Hearts to get themselves back on track in their quest to chase after the top two. The first half was goalless but the deadlock was broken twelve minutes after the restart, Rachel Donaldson opening the scoring for the Hoops. Sarah Ewens then sealed the points for Celtic as she netted twice to leave her side still five points off the pace, whilst Hearts remain at the foot of the table on goal difference.
 
Hibernian were another side to pick up a morale boosting win and they are back up into the top half after edging out Motherwell by the odd goal in five. Twenty goals were scored in the four SWPL 1 matches on Sunday but this was the only one in which both teams found the net, sparked off by Rosie Slater giving the Women of Steel a 26th minute lead. Hibs hit back right away to equalise through Amy Gallacher and Colette Cavanagh ensured they were in front at the interval. Gallacher netted her second goal early after the restart and this just proved to be enough to give Hibernian the points, despite Nicole Pullar pulling one back for Motherwell late on.
 

 
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FA WSL news - FA WSL launches Hall of Fame on anniversary - 13 Apr 2021 - Women's Football News
 
The Barclays FA Women's Super League has reached one of its first significant landmarks as today [April 13] marks the ten-year anniversary of the league's launch.
 
The Barclays FA Women's Super League has reached one of its first significant landmarks as today [April 13] marks the ten-year anniversary of the league's launch.
 
To celebrate the anniversary, The FA is launching its first FA Women's Super League Hall of Fame, which will be sponsored by Barclays, that will look to recognise those individuals who have made a significant impact on the league. Whether that be a Golden Boot winner, a Championship winning coach, or an individual who has displayed excellence or leadership during the league's existence, induction into the Barclays FA WSL Hall of Fame will be reserved for an exclusive group each year, honouring their contribution to the league.
 
An induction event will take place later in the year and an expert panel will create a shortlist of nominees before determining who will be the first inductees.
 
The launch of the Hall of Fame will double up as a celebration and acknowledgement of the ten year anniversary of the Barclays FA Women's Super League, which has seen significant development since its inaugural season.
 
On this day in 2011, Chelsea and Arsenal stepped onto the field at Tooting & Mitcham Football Club to kick off the very first match in the league, with the Blues' Helen Ward kicking the first ball in the competition, and Arsenal's Gilly Flaherty scoring the first goal in a 1-0 win for the Gunners in front of 2,510 fans.
 
What has followed has been a ten-year journey that started with an eight team, semi-professional competition, that has developed into a fully professional 12 team league with added exposure and an ever-increasing audience.
 
Teams have gone full time, players have become household names, and some of the best talent has come through the England pathway, as well as from abroad. Barclays showed their commitment to the league when they became title sponsor ahead of the 2019-20 season, while the BBC and BT Sport have shone a light on the competition with their coverage. In addition, the league was made more accessible than ever with the launch of the FA Player in August 2019, which provides live streams, highlights and features from across the Barclays FA Women's Super League.
 
Fans have played a significant part in the league's growth, with crowds growing over the ten years, supported by clubs opening their main stadia that has seen crowds flock to the Etihad Stadium, Stamford Bridge and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium - where a record crowd of 38,262 witnessed last season's North London derby.
 
Kelly Simmons, FA Director of the Women's Professional Game, said: "I could never have envisaged the league having been on such a journey of growth and development when we launched it ten years ago. The support we have received from clubs, stakeholders, the media and fans has been overwhelming.
 
"The launch of the Barclays FA WSL Hall of Fame is designed to recognise those who have made a major contribution to the league over the last ten years. I am delighted that Barclays will be supporting it, and I am really excited to have our first induction later this year.
 
"I want to say thank you to all those who have been on the journey with us over the last ten years. Without your support, we wouldn't be where we are now. Rest assured, we still have huge ambitions for this league, with the ultimate goal to have the best professional women's competition in the world."
 
Tom Corbett, Barclays Head of Sponsorship; said: "We are delighted to be the first sponsors of the new Barclays FA Women's Super League Hall of Fame. The positive change in women's football in the last ten years has been huge and the Hall of Fame is a great opportunity to honour the pioneers who have transformed the game for the next generation of women and girls who can now see that being involved with top football is not only a dream but a realistic opportunity."
 

 
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 Women's Football FA Women's Cup News - 12 Apr 2021
 
FA Women's Cup News - FA Cup Fifth Round draw - 12 Apr 2021 - Women's Football NewsThe FA is pleased to confirm the draw for the Fifth Round of the Vitality Women's FA Cup, which took place today, with ties confirmed to be played on Sunday 16th May 2021.
 
The draw is as follows:
 
Birmingham City or Coventry United v Lewes or Southampton FC Women
Brighton & Hove Albion or Bristol City v Huddersfield Town or Derby County
Arsenal or Gillingham v Crystal Palace or London Bees
Wolverhampton W or Blackburn Rovers v Oxford United or Charlton Athletic
Manchester City or Aston Villa v West Ham United or Chichester & Selsey
Chelsea or London City Lionesses v Everton or Durham Women
Burnley FC Women or Manchester United v Leicester City or Liverpool
Reading FC Women or Tottenham Hotspur v Middlesbrough or Sheffield United
 
The FA can also confirm that the Fourth Round tie between Birmingham City and Coventry United this weekend (Sunday 18th April) has been moved to 12.30pm as it has been selected by the BBC to be broadcast live on the BBC Red Button.
 

 
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 Women's Football England International News - 12 Apr 2021
 
France 3 (Baltimore 32, Asseyi pen 63, Katoto 82)
England 1 (Kirby pen 79)

England were beaten 3-1 by France in the first of their double header of friendlies in Caen on Friday night.
 
Fran Kirby scored from the penalty goal for what proved to be a consolation on the night but a third goal from Marie-Antoinette Katoto gave the host side a deserved win on the night.
 
With Steph Houghton out through injury, Ellen White wore the armband in her place whilst the France starting line up was notable for not containing a single player from perennial European champions Olympique Lyonnais for the first time since 2006. The only Lyon player to actually start the game was England striker Nikita Parris.
 
England were on the front foot early on with neat interplay between Kirby and Beth Mead seeing the latter sting the home goalkeeper's palms and another good save from Pauline Peyraud-Magnin then prevented the on-top Lionesses from taking the lead, with Parris' fine drive coming agonisingly close to finding the corner.
 
The French goalkeeper was on top form but so too was Ellie Roebuck at the other end, needing to get her fingertips to a swerving Sandy Baltimore strike. White then slid the ball home after yet another superb move involving Mead, Kirby and the Manchester City striker, only for the offside flag to halt her celebrations.
 
Moments later, France were ahead. The speedy Kadidiatou Diani got in behind the England defence and squared the ball across to Baltimore, who fired into the top corner just after the half hour.
 
Half time in a frantic match rapidly approached but both sides still had time for more chances, with Parris only able to nod wide for the Lionesses following an exquisite ball in from Keira Walsh.
 
Substitute Chloe Kelly, who came on at the break alongside debutant Niamh Charles, then nodded over the bar but Roebuck had to be sharp to deny Marie-Antoinette Katoto with a strong save.
 
Roebuck then produced another terrific save to tip Diani's long-range effort onto the bar but she was helpless moments later as France went 2-0 up. The ball ricocheted off the woodwork and fell into the path of Elisa de Almeida who was fouled by Rachel Daly, leading to a penalty tucked away by Vivianne Asseyi on the hour.
 
England found a route back into the game when Lauren Hemp turned and was felled in the penalty area. Kirby duly converted from the penalty spot to set up an exciting last fifteen minutes.
 
France hadn't conceded in more than 13 hours of football but England's tails were up, Hemp pulling the ball back for Walsh who struck the base of the post. But just as the Lionesses gained in confidence, France restored their two-goal advantage. Diani battled her way into space down the right and laid the ball on a plate for Katoto to tap the hosts into a 3-1 lead, one they didn't relinquish.
 
France: Pauline Peyraud-Magnin, Marion Torrent (sub Eve Perisset 85mins), Perle Morroni, Aissatou Tounkara, Elisa De Almeida, Onema Grace Geyoro, Ella Palis (sub Ines Jaurena 60mins), Kadidiatou Diani (sub Kenza Dali 85mins), Valerie Gauvin (sub Viviane Asseyi 59mins), Marie-Antoinette Katoto, Sandy Baltimore. Subs not used: Solene Durand, Julie Thibaud, Oriane Jean-Francois, Eugenie Le Sommer, Lea Khelifi, Constance Picaud, Louise Fleury, Oceane Deslandes, Grace Kazadi Ntambwe.
 
England: Ellie Roebuck, Rachel Daly, Alex Greenwood (sub Niamh Charles 45mins), Keira Walsh, Millie Bright, Leah Williamson (sub Lotte Wubben-Moy 64mins), Nikita Parris (sub Chloe Kelly 45mins), Jill Scott (sub Jordan Nobbs 73mins), Ellen White (sub Beth England 74mins), Fran Kirby, Beth Mead (sub Lauren Hemp 64mins). Subs not used: Sandy MacIver, Millie Turner, Ella Toone, Georgia Stanway, Carly Telford, Karen Bardsley, Esme Morgan.

 

 
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Canada 3 (D. Rose 24, Viens 58, Fleming 62)>
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 Women's Football Wales International News - 12 Apr 2021
 
Wales International News - Wales beaten on Gemma's debut - 12 Apr 2021 - Women's Football NewsWales 0
Canada 3 (D. Rose 24, Viens 58, Fleming 62)

New Wales manager Gemma Grainger saw her first game in charge end in a 3-0 defeat against a strong Canada side in their friendly at the Leckwith Stadium.
 
Ceri Holland was handed a place in the starting line up for her senior international debut, whilst Lily Woodham was also named after scoring on her debut against the Faroe Islands last October. There was an otherwise familiar look to the side as the new era for the women's national team began against a talented Canadian side, captained by all-time record international goalscorer Christine Sinclair.
 
There was an early test for Lily Woodham on the left hand side of the defence against Deanne Rose as the visitors turned their possession into a series of corners in the opening exchanges. On 15 minutes, a deep cross from Angharad James was collected by goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe and Canada showed their ability to cause problems on the counter attack as they took advantage of the space left behind from the previous passage of play, before Laura O'Sullivan made the first save of the game from Rose.
 
Midway through the opening half, Canada took the lead as Rose evaded the attention of Woodham to find herself in space on the right and fired a powerful shot past O'Sullivan after being played in by Quinn.
 
The goal prompted a positive response from Wales, and Kayleigh Green came close to levelling shortly after as the home side pushed forward in numbers. An injury for Sinclair saw the Canada captain replaced after half an hour as Evelyne Viens entered the field, but with just a few minutes of the opening half remaining, Shelina Zadorsky missed the chance to double the lead for the visitors as her effort went narrowly wide.
 
Wales made a positive start to the second half with an intelligent free kick from Rachel Rowe almost finding Jessica Fishlock in space. However, it was the substitute Viens who would double the advantage for Canada when she converted from close range just before the hour mark. Appeals for a Wales penalty were dismissed following a challenge on Natasha Harding shortly after the second goal, but a fine finish from Jessie Fleming on 62 minutes increased the lead for the visitors as the once disciplined Wales defence began to lose its earlier composure.
 
It was encouraging that Wales once again showed a positive reaction to conceding two quick goals, but clear cut chances remained limited, despite the side asking a number of questions in the final third. Sadly, a consolation goal remained elusive, while O'Sullivan and Sophie Ingle had to be at their very best to prevent Canada increasing their lead as spaces were exposed at the other end of the field.
 
Despite having less than a week to work with her squad, the new manager has clearly made a big impression on the group and there was an emphasis on the side to attack in numbers despite the quality of the opposition. The disciplined back four may have lost its shape in the latter stages of the match, but a relentlessly energetic midfield provided a foundation for the team to push forward as a unit.
 
It was this element of the performance that provided the most obvious example of the positive approach the side will take forward in their journey under the guidance of Grainger. The scoreline will be a momentary setback, but the positives from the performance will provide plenty for the manager to reflect on and build upon ahead of Tuesday's friendly against Denmark.
 
Wales: Laura O'Sullivan, Gemma Evans, Sophie Ingl, Rhiannon Roberts, Angharad James, Kayleigh Green, Jessica Fishlock, Natasha Harding, Rachel Rowe, Ceri Holland, Lily Woodham. Subs: Olivia Clark, Poppy Soper, Anna Filbey, Josie Green, Helen Ward, Chloe Williams, Elise Hughes, Charlie Estcourt, Bethan Roberts, Carrie Jones, Georgia Walters, Maria Francis-Jones, Ffion Morgan, Esther Morgan, Kylie Nolan.
 
Canada: Stephanie Labbe, Shelina Zadorsky, Quinn, Deanne Rose, Jordyn Huitema, Ashley Lawrence, Desiree Scott, Christine Sinclair, Gabrielle Carle, Jessie Fleming, Vanessa Gilles. Subs: Erin McLeod, Rylee Foster, Allysha Chapman, Julia Grosso, Jayde Riviere, Sophie Schmidt, Nichelle Prince, Janine Beckie, Jordyn Listro, Jade Rose, Lindsay Agnew, Evelyne Viens, Samantha Chang, Cloe Lacasse, Sarah Stratigakis, Jenna Hellstrom.
 
(faw.cymru)

 
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Northern Ireland 2 (Furness 5, Magill 57)>
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 Women's Football Euros News - 12 Apr 2021
 
Ukraine 1 (Apanashchenko 22)
Northern Ireland 2 (Furness 5, Magill 57)

Northern Ireland produced one of the greatest results in their history to beat Ukraine 2-1 in Kovalivka and take a precious advantage into the second leg of their UEFA Women's Euro 2022 play-off on Tuesday.
 
Participating in their first ever play-off for a major tournament, Northern Ireland started brightly. Kirsty McGuinness fired a decent cross into the area which just evaded Nadene Caldwell at the back post.
 
Furness pounced after just five minutes to make it 1-0 to Northern Ireland. Ukraine holding midfielder Tamila Khimich played a poor pass forward and the attacking midfielder nipped in to steer the ball past Ukraine keeper Iryna Sanina. The ball hit the keeper's foot on the way into the net but Furness rightly claimed the goal.
 
Ukraine then pushed forward in search of an equaliser. Rebecca Holloway made a couple of timely interceptions in quick succession, while down the other end her looping shot was easily collected by Sanina.
 
Ukraine equalised on 22 minutes when their captain and star player Darya Apanashchenko flicked a header past Northern Ireland keeper Jackie Burns into the bottom corner. The midfielder got on the end of a pinpoint cross from Iya Andrushchak to grab her 61st goal for her country.
 
On the half hour mark Northern Ireland were dealt a blow as Furness, who was clearly hobbling, was replaced by Chloe McCarron in the middle of the park but she quickly settled into the game, spreading the play when possible. Burns comfortably grabbed a shot from Khimich moments before the half time whistle was blown by German referee Riem Hussein.
 
Just after the break, Northern Ireland captain Marissa Callaghan broke down the left and fired the ball across the face of goal, Magill just failing to connect with it. The Northern Ireland defence stood firm with veterans Ashley Hutton, Julie Nelson and Sarah McFadden working tirelessly alongside wing backs Holloway and Rebecca McKenna, who had a superb match.
 
On 57 minutes, Northern Ireland took the lead again when Magill got on the end of a McFadden flick on, forced her way past her marker and controlled the ball on her chest before neatly clipping the ball high into the net past Sanina from ten yards.
 
Ten minutes later a diving Burns pushed away a free kick from Apanashchenko, before a last ditch tackle from Hutton snuffed out another Ukraine attack. Ukraine substitute Nadia Kunina just failed to connect with a clever through ball before the outstanding McKenna was chopped down by a frustrated Khimich as she threatened to break free down the right. It was a cynical foul, however the ref only gave a yellow card to the Ukrainian midfielder.
 
With minutes remaining, Khimich fired in a rasping long range effort which Burns got her fingertips to, and the resulting corner was eventually cleared. It was backs to the wall in the four minutes of injury time, however the girls in green and white held their nerve and held on for a deserved victory.
 
Ukraine: Iryna Sanina, Anastasiya Filenko, Olha Basanska (sub Anna Petryk 81mins), Nicole Kozlova (sub Yana Kalinina 86mins), Lyubov Shmatko, Iya Andrushchak (sub Natiya Pantsulaya 45mins), Olha Ovdiychuk, Darya Apanashchenko (sub Veronika Andrukhiv 86mins), Roksolana Kravchuk (sub Nadiya Kunina 61mins), Tamila Khimich, Darya Kravets. Subs not used: Daryna Bondarchuk, Kateryna Samson, Iryna Podolska, Olha Boichenko, Anna Voronina, Anastasiya Voronina, Yana Malakhova.
 
Northern Ireland: Jackie Burns, Rebecca McKenna, Rebecca Holloway, Sarah McFadden (sub Laura Rafferty 79mins), Julie Nelson, Ashley Hutton, Marissa Callaghan, Nadene Caldwell (sub Ciara Watling 79mins), Simone Magill, Rachel Furness (sub Chloe McCarron 32mins), Kirsty McGuinness (sub Samantha Kelly 90mins). Subs not used: Rebecca Flaherty, Emma McMaster, Toni-Leigh Finnegan, Louise McDaniel, Emily Wilson, Danielle Maxwell, Kerry-Anne Beattie.
 
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An interview with... Ria Elsmore (West Bromwich Albion)   Share This 
 Women's Football FA Women's Cup News - 12 Apr 2021
 
FA Women's Cup News - An interview with... Ria Elsmore (West Bromwich Albion) - 12 Apr 2021 - Women's Football NewsWest Bromwich Albion strode into the Third Round of the Vitality Women's FA Cup on Sunday with a 5-2 victory against Lincoln City.
 
We talked to defender Ria Elsmore who, as well as being delighted just to be back playing again, was very pleased with the team's performance on the day and is anticipating a tough tie against Derby County in the next round this Sunday:
 
WSS: Well played on Sunday, how pleasing was a 5-2 win overall?
RE: Thank you! It was great to hit the ground running and win our first competitive game since before Christmas. It was an important game to us, with our league being cancelled we want to try and go as far in the FA Cup as possible. We worked hard in training and produced a great team performance with five different goalscorers, which is always good. Also, it was a bit crazy to completely match WBA men's winning score [against Chelsea] the day before!
 
WSS: More than anything, what was it like just to be out playing again?
RE: It was amazing - we have all been missing game day so much, it's what you look forward to at the end of your week! No matter how long we've had to spend apart as a team, it's always like no time has passed when we get back on the pitch. There were many tired legs but also a lot of smiles and a lot of encouragement. It feels amazing to have the team back together again and games to look forward to.
 
WSS: How tough a game was it, given that it was your first match of any kind for nearly four months?
RE: Yes it was pretty tough, particularly in the second half when players started to get tired after a strong, high-pressing first half. But we worked very hard in training and we knew what to expect, because no matter how much work you do outside of football, ‘match fitness' is always a bit different and hard to achieve without actual games. But I think for the majority of the game we looked sharp and was on top, winning first balls and tackles.
 
WSS: It was not an easy task up against a team which had been doing well before the season was halted, but did you always feel comfortable in front during the match?
RE: We went into the game knowing that Lincoln were going to be a strong side and neither team had played in so long so we had to keep our composure and let the ball do the work. It was important for us to try and get an early goal, to take the pressure of the team and allow us to relax and get back to playing our football. So we started with a high press and Jade got the first goal within two minutes, which was a great start for us. From then on I think we controlled the game really well and just enjoyed it, practicing different patterns of play and working on our match fitness. A couple of debuts were made as well with Millie and Emma, two girls who always work hard in training and show their ability and I'm proud that they got this opportunity.
 
WSS: Five different players got on the scoresheet for you, were there any particularly good performances amongst the team on the day?
RE: I think Shannon had a great game, starting slightly out of position at right back she still managed to get up the pitch to support Nat and become a threat in the opposition half. Moving up the pitch second half, she bagged a goal and was replaced by Jess - a player who hasn't had very good luck with injuries this season - but likewise Jess put in a great shift and towards the end smoothly took the ball around the goalkeeper to ensure our 5-2 win. Evie deservingly made the starting eleven and assisted Jade's goal, working extremely hard up the top of the pitch with Jade to ensure our high press was effective. I could name the whole team if I wanted to!
 
WSS: This means you will play Derby County in the next round this week. What kind of match are you expecting against them?
RE: Derby are a strong side who have finished with the same points as us. We know this will be a challenging game and are preparing well in training - identifying the best way to defend against them and equally to penetrate their back line. We are expecting a high tempo and aggressive game, but we are confident that we have the ability to match them in all areas of the pitch and produce a good performance.
 
WSS: Derby won 4-2 when you met them in the league back in October, will that game have any bearing or significance at all when you meet this week?
RE: Yes I think we always have to take previous games into consideration. We lost 4-2 and Derby were the better team in that game. However, reviewing the game to identify where our weaknesses were massively helps us to improve and prepare for our next meet.
 
WSS: If you can get past Derby, you would then be away to either Huddersfield or Brighouse. Is that going to give you an extra incentive, knowing that you would avoid the teams in the top two levels?
RE: Definitely, knowing that we have drawn teams in the same league as us who we have been competing with for the last two seasons definitely gives us an incentive to believe that we can potentially go far in this competition. We would back ourselves and push ourselves against any team, but equally we are confident that when we are performing at our best we could beat any team in this league.
 
Our thanks to Ria!
 
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An interview with... Ria Elsmore (West Bromwich Albion)   Share This 
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FA Women's Cup News - An interview with... Ria Elsmore (West Bromwich Albion) - 10 Apr 2021 - Women's Football NewsWest Bromwich Albion strode into the Third Round of the Vitality Women's FA Cup on Sunday with a 5-2 victory against Lincoln City.
 
We talked to defender Ria Elsmore who, as well as being delighted just to be back playing again, was very pleased with the team's performance on the day and is anticipating a tough tie against Derby County in the next round this Sunday:
 
WSS: Well played on Sunday, how pleasing was a 5-2 win overall?
RE: Thank you! It was great to hit the ground running and win our first competitive game since before Christmas. It was an important game to us, with our league being cancelled we want to try and go as far in the FA Cup as possible. We worked hard in training and produced a great team performance with five different goalscorers, which is always good. Also, it was a bit crazy to completely match WBA men's winning score [against Chelsea] the day before!
 
WSS: More than anything, what was it like just to be out playing again?
RE: It was amazing - we have all been missing game day so much, it's what you look forward to at the end of your week! No matter how long we've had to spend apart as a team, it's always like no time has passed when we get back on the pitch. There were many tired legs but also a lot of smiles and a lot of encouragement. It feels amazing to have the team back together again and games to look forward to.
 
WSS: How tough a game was it, given that it was your first match of any kind for nearly four months?
RE: Yes it was pretty tough, particularly in the second half when players started to get tired after a strong, high-pressing first half. But we worked very hard in training and we knew what to expect, because no matter how much work you do outside of football, ‘match fitness' is always a bit different and hard to achieve without actual games. But I think for the majority of the game we looked sharp and was on top, winning first balls and tackles.
 
WSS: It was not an easy task up against a team which had been doing well before the season was halted, but did you always feel comfortable in front during the match?
RE: We went into the game knowing that Lincoln were going to be a strong side and neither team had played in so long so we had to keep our composure and let the ball do the work. It was important for us to try and get an early goal, to take the pressure of the team and allow us to relax and get back to playing our football. So we started with a high press and Jade got the first goal within two minutes, which was a great start for us. From then on I think we controlled the game really well and just enjoyed it, practicing different patterns of play and working on our match fitness. A couple of debuts were made as well with Millie and Emma, two girls who always work hard in training and show their ability and I'm proud that they got this opportunity.
 
WSS: Five different players got on the scoresheet for you, were there any particularly good performances amongst the team on the day?
RE: I think Shannon had a great game, starting slightly out of position at right back she still managed to get up the pitch to support Nat and become a threat in the opposition half. Moving up the pitch second half, she bagged a goal and was replaced by Jess - a player who hasn't had very good luck with injuries this season - but likewise Jess put in a great shift and towards the end smoothly took the ball around the goalkeeper to ensure our 5-2 win. Evie deservingly made the starting eleven and assisted Jade's goal, working extremely hard up the top of the pitch with Jade to ensure our high press was effective. I could name the whole team if I wanted to!
 
WSS: This means you will play Derby County in the next round this week. What kind of match are you expecting against them?
RE: Derby are a strong side who have finished with the same points as us. We know this will be a challenging game and are preparing well in training - identifying the best way to defend against them and equally to penetrate their back line. We are expecting a high tempo and aggressive game, but we are confident that we have the ability to match them in all areas of the pitch and produce a good performance.
 
WSS: Derby won 4-2 when you met them in the league back in October, will that game have any bearing or significance at all when you meet this week?
RE: Yes I think we always have to take previous games into consideration. We lost 4-2 and Derby were the better team in that game. However, reviewing the game to identify where our weaknesses were massively helps us to improve and prepare for our next meet.
 
WSS: If you can get past Derby, you would then be away to either Huddersfield or Brighouse. Is that going to give you an extra incentive, knowing that you would avoid the teams in the top two levels?
RE: Definitely, knowing that we have drawn teams in the same league as us who we have been competing with for the last two seasons definitely gives us an incentive to believe that we can potentially go far in this competition. We would back ourselves and push ourselves against any team, but equally we are confident that when we are performing at our best we could beat any team in this league.
 
Our thanks to Ria!
 
Photo by Ian Stevens

 
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FA Women's Cup News - An interview with...Ria Elstone (West Bromwich Albion) - 10 Apr 2021 - Women's Football NewsWest Bromwich Albion strode into the Third Round of the Vitality Women's FA Cup on Sunday with a 5-2 victory against Lincoln City.
 
We talked to defender Ria Elsmore who, as well as being delighted just to be back playing again, was very pleased with the team's performance on the day and is anticipating a tough tie against Derby County in the next round this Sunday:
 
WSS: Well played on Sunday, how pleasing was a 5-2 win overall?
RE: Thank you! It was great to hit the ground running and win our first competitive game since before Christmas. It was an important game to us, with our league being cancelled we want to try and go as far in the FA Cup as possible. We worked hard in training and produced a great team performance with five different goalscorers, which is always good. Also, it was a bit crazy to completely match WBA men's winning score [against Chelsea] the day before!
 
WSS: More than anything, what was it like just to be out playing again?
RE: It was amazing- we have all been missing game day so much, it's what you look forward to at the end of your week! No matter how long we've had to spend apart as a team, it's always like no time has passed when we get back on the pitch. There were many tired legs but also a lot of smiles and a lot of encouragement. It feels amazing to have the team back together again and games to look forward to.
 
WSS: How tough a game was it, given that it was your first match of any kind for nearly four months?
RE: Yes it was pretty tough, particularly in the second half when players started to get tired after a strong, high-pressing first half. But we worked very hard in training and we knew what to expect, because no matter how much work you do outside of football, ‘match fitness' is always a bit different and hard to achieve without actual games. But I think for the majority of the game we looked sharp and was on top, winning first balls and tackles.
 
WSS: It was not an easy task up against a team which had been doing well before the season was halted, but did you always feel comfortable in front during the match?
RE: We went into the game knowing that Lincoln were going to be a strong side and neither team had played in so long so we had to keep our composure and let the ball do the work. It was important for us to try and get an early goal, to take the pressure of the team and allow us to relax and get back to playing our football. So we started with a high press and Jade got the first goal within two minutes, which was a great start for us. From then on I think we controlled the game really well and just enjoyed it, practicing different patterns of play and working on our match fitness. A couple of debuts were made as well with Millie and Emma, two girls who always work hard in training and show their ability and I'm proud that they got this opportunity.
 
WSS: Five different players got on the scoresheet for you, were there any particularly good performances amongst the team on the day?
RE: I think Shannon had a great game, starting slightly out of position at right back she still managed to get up the pitch to support Nat and become a threat in the opposition half. Moving up the pitch second half, she bagged a goal and was replaced by Jess - a player who hasn't had very good luck with injuries this season - but likewise Jess put in a great shift and towards the end smoothly took the ball around the goalkeeper to ensure our 5-2 win. Evie deservingly made the starting eleven and assisted Jade's goal, working extremely hard up the top of the pitch with Jade to ensure our high press was effective. I could name the whole team if I wanted to!
 
WSS: This means you will play Derby County in the next round this week. What kind of match are you expecting against them?
RE: Derby are a strong side who have finished with the same points as us. We know this will be a challenging game and are preparing well in training - identifying the best way to defend against them and equally to penetrate their back line. We are expecting a high tempo and aggressive game, but we are confident that we have the ability to match them in all areas of the pitch and produce a good performance.
 
WSS: Derby won 4-2 when you met them in the league back in October, will that game have any bearing or significance at all when you meet this week?
RE: Yes I think we always have to take previous games into consideration. We lost 4-2 and Derby were the better team in that game. However, reviewing the game to identify where our weaknesses were massively helps us to improve and prepare for our next meet.
 
WSS: If you can get past Derby, you would then be away to either Huddersfield or Brighouse. Is that going to give you an extra incentive, knowing that you would avoid the teams in the top two levels?
RE: Definitely, knowing that we have drawn teams in the same league as us who we have been competing with for the last two seasons definitely gives us an incentive to believe that we can potentially go far in this competition. We would back ourselves and push ourselves against any team, but equally we are confident that when we are performing at our best we could beat any team in this league.
 
Our thanks to Ria!
 
Photo by Ian Stevens

 
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