Hull City Ladies fell at the first hurdle of the FA Women’s Premier League Cup when they went down 3-2 to Chester le Street Town Ladies at Chester Moor yesterday afternoon.
Despite hitting ten goals in their opening two league games, the ruthless streak in front of goal deserted Rachel Gay’s side, a fact not lost on the manager post match.
Gay told FanaticHull “Our finishing was poor today and is something we will have to address in training this week”
With a large squad to choose from Gay made seven changes from the starting line from last week’s comeback win at Chorley, she told FH “with it being a league cup game, it was a great opportunity to see other talented players in a competitive match”. “Even though we lost we can certainly take positives from the game, and what the players have to offer”.
A pretty even opening 25 minutes saw the Tigresses firing shots just wide from Rachael Ackroyd and the pacy Liberty Bott. Both sides seemed to be cancelling each other out somewhat but Gay’s side were continuing to create openings but was out of luck in front of goal. Five good opportunities went begging for the Tigresses as the went into the break at 0-0. Despite seeing a procession of shots coming her way the ClS keeper was rarely troubled.
Within minutes of the restart though the Tigresses would begin to rue the missed efforts as ClS took the lead. The Tigresses tried to find an equaliser but it was ClS who doubled the lead 12 minutes later, leaving the visitors with a mountain to climb, but straight from the restart they were back in the contest when player of the match, Ellie Tanser opened her Tigress account with a fine goal.
Tanser put in a commanding performance in midfield and can consider herself unlucky to be on the losing side.
Again the Tigresses pressed for the leveller but it was ClS who would score what proved to be the winner 9 minutes later, when they produced a sensational pinpoint cross into the box which was met with a fantastic header into the back of the net.
The Tigresses refused to give up the fight and minutes later captain Jo Symington popped up to put the finishing touch to some fine intricate play, but try as they might they couldn’t find an equaliser. The 3-2 defeat meant that Gay’s side will now drop down into the plate competition.
Gay commented “Conceding 3 goals isn’t good enough, all of them coming from individual errors which is very frustrating.” “We will now turn our attention to the league game at home with Crewe next Sunday were will be hoping to make it 3 from 3 in the WPL.”
Meanwhile the reserve side entertained Sheffield United 2nds at Hull Uni in their season opener and seemed to have the same trouble in front of goal as the first team. Despite dominating the opening half including hitting the opposition bar twice, Stacey Hubbard saw her side trail by a solitary goal at the break. United’s goal came completely against thse run of play after a wayward pass was latched onto and coolly struck under the advancing Jasmine Lacey in the home net.
The home side continued to press with Emma Westmorland pulling all the strings in midfield and the ever willing runners of Cauren Webb and the mightily impressive Eden Pedersen causing all kinds of havoc in the United defence. Ellie Harding worked tirelessly leading the line, but it was one of the youngsters who got the Tigresses on level terms.
As the ball ping-ponged in the visitors penalty area Eleanor Robinson reacted quickest and bundled the ball into the back of the net to restore parity. Try as they might though Hubbard’s side couldn’t find the winner but in the very last minute, Pedersen sent over a fantastic corner kick which was met with a bullet header from substitute Rachael Wiles which was somehow scrambled away to safety, and the score remained 1-1.
Post match Hubbard lamented the missed chances, telling FanaticHull “We was very unfortunate today just to take the 1 point. “We move onto the next game”.
Photos courtesy of Dave Hare.