Hull City Ladies continued their fine league form this Wednesday night, hitting Leeds United Ladies with a five goal show.
Rachel Gay’s side smashed five second half goals to run out 5-1 winners over their Yorkshire rivals.
Coming on the back of last Sunday’s magnificent win at Brighouse the Tigresses went into the game full of confidence and were quickly on the front foot and with little more then five minutes gone, they could have been two up. Liberty Bott played a great ball through to Rebecca Beech but her first time shot was only just wide. Beech then turned provider when a little pass sent Katie Thompson away who in turn fed the outstanding Sophie Stamp who watched as her shot slid past the post.
The Tigresses midfield trio of Stamp, Ellie Tanser and Emma Westmorland were brilliant all night, creating chance after chance and totally dominating their Leeds counterparts.
Gay’s side was first to every ball and had Leeds on the back foot and on 17 minutes forced a corner when the tireless Rebecca Beech chased down a ball in the Leeds penalty area which the visitors shovelled away, from a short corner routine Jo Symington fashioned a shooting opportunity that went harmlessly wide.
Moments later Ellice Jackman rose to meet a Symington corner but it looped over the bar. Tanser then used all are strength and pace to power into the heart of the Leeds box but as she was forced wide her shot cannoned into the side netting. Tanser’s influence was coming to the fore when she played in Katie Thompson with a slide rule 30 yard pass but the flying wingers shot was blocked for a corner.
Under relentless pressure from the hosts, Leeds defence was standing firm and thoughts of the last home game versus Crewe sprang to mind were the Tigresses did everything right but could only draw. As the half drew to a close Stamp’s precision pass to Liberty Bott came to nothing as the ‘aged’ linesmen wrongly called her offside has she bore down on goal. Half Time 0-0.
The second half started in the same vein with Leeds only getting out of their own half on rare occasions. On 56 minutes Thompson sprang the offside trap and was one on one with the keeper who pulled off an exceptional point blank range save and repeated the feat from Bott’s follow up shot.
The breakthrough came on 59 minutes when the Leeds defence appealed for a foul Tanser played to the whistle and fed Beech who stinging shot was parried into the path of the on rushing Symington who planted her header into the net for a well deserved lead.
The shackles were now off the Tigresses and three minutes later Tanser was fed with a lovely through ball by substitute Hope Knight who made no mistake to double the lead.
Just minutes later Symington who was excellent in the 2nd half found Knight with a great pass and again the Leeds keeper did well to get down and tip the ball round the post. After further Tigress raids were repelled by the offside flag, Thompson produced another wonder goal. She won a free kick 20 yards out in centre field. She picked herself up and her free kick was a moment of magic as she let fly with a rocket that flew past the wall and through the despairing keeper who only reacted as the net bulged.
More great work from Beech nearly resulted in a 4th for the rampant Tigresses as Symington powered onto Beech’s pass and smashed the ball against the post, but it wasn’t long in coming when the pair combined again, this time Symington’s good work on the left flank saw her into the area and the skipper squared for Beech to tap in for a goal that topped off a fine display up top.
As the game was drawing to a close Leeds finally got a consolation goal when Ellice Jackman’s attempted clearance cannoned off the Leeds attacker who knew little about it and past the helpless Amy Halloran. Thompson was then denied by a post before Sophie Stamp scored a fine individual goal her performance deserved when with neat footwork she rounded the keeper and buried the ball high into the net with the last kick of the game. Full Time 5-1.
Rachel Gay spoke with our reporter Daz Shepherd after the game and praised the efforts of her squad.
Wednesday’s other Northern Division 1 results
Barnsley Ladies 0-3 Brighouse Town Ladies
Crewe Alexandra Ladies A-A Bolton Wanderers Ladies
Liverpool Marshall Feds 4-0 Mossley Hill Athletic Ladies
Chester le Street Ladies 3-2 Newcastle Utd Women’s FC
Chorley Ladies 0-1 Morecambe Ladies
The Tigresses are one point clear at the top on 13 points with Liverpool and Brighouse on 12.
Next up for the Ladies is a plate tie on Sunday versus Leicester City Ladies before they entertain Liverpool in the battle of the undefeated sides on Sunday 1st October.
Photos courtesy of Dave Hare.