Photo @NUWFC defender Jess Havelock on the attack in Sunday NFA Women’s County Cup game against Ashington LFC
Newcastle United WFC First Team 8 – Ashington CFC Ladies 0
Newcastle United WFC Reserves 3 – Percy Main 1
NUWFC First Team Match Report By Stuart Dick, Content Writer, NUFCfans.co.uk @Stu_nufcfans
Crooks and Havelock’s Hat-Trick heroics take NUWFC to Semi-Finals
Newcastle United Womens FC 8-0 Ashington Ladies (NFA County Cup Quarter-Final)
Hat-tricks for both Stacy Crooks and Jess Havelock rounded off a thoroughly professional performance as Newcastle United’s Women progressed to the Semi Final of theSAGICOR Women’s NFA Cup.
Both Stephanie Eadon and Captain Sarah Wilson managed solo strikes as NUWFC totalled 38 attempts on goal against a resilient Ashington side.
Newcastle had most of the early play with Centre Forward Stacy Crooks having two attempts in the first 10 minutes. Soon after right-back Courtney Lock and striker Stephanie Eadon forced the Ashington goalkeeper into multiple saves.
A foul in the middle of the park allowed Jess Havelock to have a shot at goal, but her attempt clipped the wall and the ‘keeper claimed the ball. Soon after Ashington won a free-kick which was hit well and saved by Newcastle ‘Keeper Laura Wareham. At the other end Newcastle earned another free-kick, this time Charlotte Potts had her shot saved by the opposing ‘keeper.
It was Ashington who came the closest to opening the scoring on 28 minutes as a free-kick after a clumsy foul by Captain Wilson, earning her a yellow card, was half stopped by Wareham, with four Ashington players converging for an easy tap in, Newcastle’s defence of Sarah Wilson and Carla Armstrong managed to clear the ball off the line.
5 minutes later Newcastle took the lead after an exquisite chip from 18 yards out by Newcastle number 9 Stephanie Eadon, an exceptional finish from the Striker. Two minutes later it was 2-0 as Jess Havelock collected the ball from Charlotte Potts lay-off, twisted and turned in the penalty area before firing home. Newcastle managed a few more attempts before the half, including a Potts shot that was destined for the net before being tipped over, but it remained 2-0 at halftime.
The second half started with more Newcastle dominance as Jess Foster fired wide after just two minutes as she got in behind the defence. 3 minutes later Jess Havelock received the ball around the halfway line and ran at the Ashington defence, only to be hacked down in the penalty area, allowing Stacy Crooks to slot the penalty into the bottom left hand corner to make it 3-0.
Jess Havelock then created the second on her own accord as she won the ball from the Ashington right back before dispatching a shot past the on rushing goalkeeper. By this point Ashington looked to be running out of steam as wave after wave of Newcastle attacks took their toll. The introduction of Molly Collinson and Megan Pyper for Stephanie Eadon and Jennie Wilkes reinvigorated the black and whites.
On 62 minutes Crooks thought she had made it 5, but her shot cannoned off the crossbar and back into play. Crooks was to benefit just minutes later as a poor kick from the Ashington Keeper allowed Crooks to convert an easy chance to make it 5-0. Chances for Crooks, Pyper, Collinson and Havelock were all saved before a Jess Foster corner eventually fell to Sarah Wilson 20 yards out who hit a sweet shot right in to the top left hand corner to make it 6-0.
Two minutes later Crooks completed her hat-trick as her first attempt was saved by the Ashington ‘keeper, but she was the first to react and slotted home the rebound. There was still time for Jess Havelock to also complete her hat-trick as the ball fell to her from another Foster corner with 5 minutes left, which she fired past the sprawling Ashington goalie.
The score line did not do Ashington justice as they battled all day, and were able to muster the last chance of the game, but fired well wide. Newcastle United Women progress to the Semi Finals.
Women of the Match – Jess Havelock and Stacy Crookes.
NUWFC XI – Laura Wareham, Courtney Lock, Jennie Wilkes (Molly Collinson 60), Carla Armstrong, Sarah Wilson ©, Charlotte Potts, Jess Foster, Stacey Crooks, Stephanie Eadon (Megan Pyper 60), Jess Havelock, Alice Stroyan
The above photo is of NUWFC’s Jess Havelock. (Steve Miller photography)
NUWFC RESERVES MATCH REPORT
Newcastle United WFC Reserves 3 – Percy Main 1
Match report by NUWFC Reserve Team Manager Gary Appleton
Sunday the Reserves played Percy Main Ladies in the Quarter finals of the NFA County Cup. This was a game which we had been looking forward to due to the postponement of several league games. This game also gave the coaches a chance to see how much progress we have made in the last 2 months.
With ideal conditions for football and an air of confidence around the team, both the girls and coaches thought this was a game we could win, but as with every game our preparation and attitude had to be right.
We decided to play Charlotte Wilson up front on her own, with Steph Shaw playing just behind. The game started at a quick pace with both teams creating very little in the first 15 mins. We did start to take a foothold in the game and started to pass the ball around and created a couple of good chances which were dealt with by Percy Main keeper. The last 10 mins of the first half produced our best spell of the game and we were creating a lot of chances with Percy Main now with a 10 player defence and offering very little going forward. We got the goal we deserved after good work from midfielders Amy Perch and Kayte Brookes to pass through to the impressive Elle Hall who coolly finish into the corner. 1-0 half time.
We started the second half really positive but for some reason were finding it hard to complete our passes and were a bit sloppy in our defensive work. To there credit Percy Main capitalized upon this and scored an excellent equaliser. This resulted in there confidence growing and causing us on to our back foot for 10 mins. Again as the last few months have shown the girls heads never dropped and they worked their way back into the game. As with the first half we totally dominated the rest of the game resulting in us gaining a penalty after 60mins which was confidently dispatched by Charlotte Wilson. We then wrapped up the game 3-1 with the third goal coming from a defence splitting pass from substitute Hannah Marshall to Steph Shaw who shot into the right hand corner of the net from a tight angle to take us through to the semi -final draw.
Overall we have played better and more composed over the last few games but credit goes to a very hard working Percy Main side who never gave in and tried to play football from start to finish. They played the game, as did there coach Rob, in a very sporting and honest way and are a credit to the Northumberland League.
As for our ladies I can only congratulate them on the win and they have proved a point to all the coaches that as I said at the start “this will be a chance to see if the team has progressed “. The simple answer to the coaches question is ” Yes massively”. Well done ladies.
And finally it was a Cup game for a place in a semi final and sometimes the result is better than the performance “bring on the semis
NFA Women’s County Cup Semi-final Draw
Newcastles United WFC V Whitley Bay WFC
Newcastle United Women Reserves V Newcastle Uni Women
Games to be played on Sunday 18th March (kick off 1.30pm)