NUWFC Goal : Molly Collinson
NUWFC First Team Captain Sarah Wilson “Our game against Sunderland was a real test of character, it obviously wasn’t a score line we would have wanted, however we did ourselves justice. The first half was shaky, we conceded 2 very sloppy goals off set pieces, and one in open play. Sunderland also missed a penalty which could have written us completely.
Second half we came out fighting, a lot of teams would have just rolled over however we weren’t going to allow that to happen. We played some good football in spells and kept the ball well. We managed to pull a well worked goal back. As a captain I couldn’t have asked for anything more of the players. Everyone showed great determination and passion. It was purely adrenaline levels that allowed us to keep fighting. Sunderland are a very strong team, with lots of experience. I would like to say a massive Thank You to all of our supporters who came to watch us, it made such a difference. It was amazing to play in front of such a big crowd.
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Leeds United Ladies Football Club Reserves 2 v Newcastle United Women’s Football Clubs Reserves 0
Match report by Reserve Team Manager Gary Appleton
Our game this week saw us playing away to a very strong and experienced Leeds side with the game being played on 3g. Injuries and work commitments saw us again calling up a couple of players to the squad who have not featured in games this season to give them an opportunity to stake a claim for a regular place in the team. With places getting more lucrative every week because of the squad sizes and the quality to choose from, in came goal keeper Michaela Raine and Ellie Hall for their first starting league debuts.
We decided to play a more defensive formation given the quality of the team we were up against and this paid dividends. We closed down Leeds and denied them any chance of settling into their renowned passing game which set the first half up as a very hard competitive game with very little goal scoring opportunities being created by any team. The odd time the Leeds forwards did manage to get to break through the new pairing of Ellie Hall and Mercede Riolfo at centre backs were more than capable to deal with and with Michaela Raine having an inspired first half the game ended 0-0 at half time.
We again started the second half with the same tactics as the first with Leeds now starting to press us higher up the pitch they were now starting to stretch us a bit more than they did in the first half. But we were still matching them not only for fitness but physically also, 65 minutes into the game saw the best move of the game by Leeds to produce a quality goal. But we were now creating a few chances of our own with lone striker Toni Laurie breaking through the Leeds defensive a couple of times but unable to finish the half chances created by her unselfish running. We conceded a second goal 15 minutes from time with us now tiring but again we keep on probing and a quick break saw the tireless running of Toni Laurie break into the box to be taking out by the Leeds defence only for a stone wall penalty to be turned down by the referee the chance to get back into the game had gone leaving the score 2-0 at the final whistle.
Well done to the full squad all positives and no negatives to be taken from today’s game your commitment, attitude, fitness and team work can only be applauded. Not a result today but what a performance even the injured players travelled to support their team keep these levels of performances up and it’s only a matter of time before they turn into results WELL DONE EVERYONE.
With all of the hype at the club during the week having been about the first team’s Tyne and Wear derby game, the players did extremely well to concentrate on their own mission in hand. The first half saw some excellent link up work in all areas of the field and the players looked strong, holding off some experienced Leeds United first teamers.
Coming off the field at half time with the game still hanging in the balance at 0-0, we really believed that we could come away with the points. Unfortunately it was not to be and as the half wore on we conceded twice. The team must be pleased with their performance though and keep their heads held high, the work ethic, team spirit and link up play throughout the game was first