After last weeks defeat in the Plate Semi-Final it was always going to be important for Hull City Ladies to bounce back today as their focus switched back to the league. Any fears of a drop in form soon disappeared as the Tigresses put on a real show and played some brilliant football as they demolished Morecambe 7-0.
City Ladies had their foot on the gas from the start and took the lead after just four minutes. Amy Kay played a brilliant ball over the top to top scorer Hope Knight who latched onto it and smashed the ball past the goalkeeper at her near post to give the Tigresses the perfect start.
They were bang at it from the start and scored their second goal after just 15 minutes. Knight played a slick one two with Rachael Ackroyd before rounding the goalkeeper and placing her shot into the top corner. The Tigresses were purring and could have scored a third soon after. A short corner was left by Ackroyd and the ball came to Natasha Cooke who scooped her shot over the crossbar.
Morecambe drew with Brighouse in midweek so they are no mugs and they showed they could be dangerous in the 25th minute when Layla Garrett hit a shot on the half volley that was well saved by Amy Halloran. Soon after Beth Fisher had an opportunity for the visitors but she could only fire wide.
After that brief period of Morecambe pressure City quickly asserted themselves again and scored the third goal in the 27th minute. Katie Thompson got onto the end of a through ball and smashed a shot over the goalkeeper and into the net. That was one of a string of excellent goals scored by the Tigresses today!
Morecambe were still trying to get back into the game and Amy Halloran had to be on hand again to deny Megan Doherty. There would be another goal in the first half but it would be scored by City Ladies. Hope Knight completed her hat trick with an exquisite finish as she cut inside her marker on the left and fired a shot past the goalkeeper and into the bottom corner to complete a perfect half for her and her teammates.
HT Hull City Ladies 4-0 Morecambe Ladies
The second half didn’t produce as many goals as the first but if anything the quality of the play from the Tigresses was even better. Jo Symington had a growing influence on the game after the break and she almost provided an assist for Rachael Ackroyd when she lofted a cross into the box but Ackroyd hit her first time volley wide.
It wasn’t long before City got their next goal. Katie Thompson showed her quality as she picked up the ball on the left, cut inside and unleashed a shot from the edge of the box that flew into the back of the net!
You could tell the Tigresses were enjoying themselves now as they created a shedload of chances. A Symington cross was met with a first time shot by Eden Pedersen at the back post that was saved. Thompson then jinked past three defenders but could only shoot straight at the keeper. Pedersen then had another shot wide before Symington had a shot saved. The only respite for Morecambe came when they almost scored on the break. Amy Halloran came out to collect the ball and slipped but luckily Morecambe couldn’t capitalise.
City continued to dominate and create chances. Knight crashed a shot off the bar and neither Rebecca Beech nor Pedersen could capitalise on the rebound. Pedersen then hit a cross to Beech who swivelled and shot towards goal but she was denied by a brilliant save. Symington was the next to be denied this time by the post, Thompson met the rebound with a shot that was parried and the rebound was met by Beech but her shot was blocked! A combination of the woodwork, goalkeeper and some last ditch defending was keeping the score down!
The Tigresses put the icing on the cake late on when Katie Thompson completed her hat trick. She was brought down in the box and converted the penalty with aplomb to make sure it wouldn’t just be Hope Knight claiming a match ball today.
There was even still time for Rebecca Beech to get in on the act as she hit a shot from the edge of the area that went like a bullet into the top corner! A great goal to top a top class City Ladies performance.
FT Hull City Ladies 7-0 Morecambe Ladies
Liverpool Feds could only draw at Chorley so City Ladies are top of the table once again with plenty of points to play with compared to their nearest rivals. We spoke to a delighted City Ladies Manager, Rachel Gay, after the game. Watch out for some cheeky antics from today’s hat trick heroes Hope Knight and Katie Thompson in the background 😉