Ladies First Team vs. Fylde (1 : 4)
FA WNL Northern Division
Hosts’ Fylde punished Sheffield FC Ladies’ errors to seal a 4-1 victory at Kellamergh Park, two goals either side of Lisa Giampalma’s response just before the break halting any resurgence Club might have mustered, and handing Sheffield a third consecutive league defeat.
Fylde started the game the brighter, taking the game to Sheffield from the off, and with just minutes on the clock, the Fylde forwards were already asking questions of the of the visitor’s back line.
First, a driven low cross went close at the back post before a ranged Hollie Kelsh effort skimmed the woodwork. The early dangers weren’t enough to wake club up though, and on 12 minutes, Emily Hollinshead slipped her marker to receive a Sophie Charlton through ball before opening the scoring with a shot past Elizabeth Hobson.
Fylde continued to pull the strings leaving Sheffield reacting rather than influencing the game, and on 36 minutes, Fylde were to double their lead in disappointing circumstances – a Jenna Carroll free-kick from range powered over the wall and beyond goalkeeper Hobson who misjudged the flight and allowed the ball to sneak in under the bar.
The two goal deficit provoked a response from Sheffield who then looked to settle, with midfielders Molly Johnson and Milly Wortley holding the ball up well to supply the tireless Molly Havard and Lisa Giampalma.
It was the latter who responded for Club on 45 minutes, as Havard ran the channel wide left and was able to combine with Giampalma, working the ball back through midfield where Molly Johnson used her space well to fashion a long-range attempt on goal which crashed against the bar but Giampalma was quickest to respond, hitting the ball on the turn past Brittany Jackson to halve the deficit.
The second half brought about an upturn in intensity, resulting in a competitive fixture with plenty of bite. But, all Sheffield’s good intentions of a fight back were delivered a hammer blow after just six minutes when a cross from the Fylde right was dropped by Hobson, and bundled into the path of the Fylde forward who laid it off to Kelsh to power into the back of the net, restoring the hosts’ two goal cushion.
Sheffield tried to rally and made much more of a contest in the second half, but failed to really apply consistent pressure on their opponents to force real openings.
On 90 minutes, a Rosa Neary clearance was hit straight at the oncoming player, allowing her to charge through into the box where she was hauled down by Hobson, and Charlton stepped up to dispatch the resulting penalty and cap off their victory, sending Club home empty-handed.
“It’s a pretty frustrating day overall” admitted Sheffield’s manager, Kyle O’Reilly. “We’ve given ourselves a lot of hard work to do after a slow start, and only really started to play after going 2-0 down."
“Once we woke up, it became a good match and I felt we could have got something from the game, but ultimately mistakes have cost us again.
“No matter how well we play, if we’re gifting goals away and allowing the opposition opportunities, then picking up points is always going to be difficult.”
“We have to tighten up in what we’re doing, and look to bounce back quickly with more consistent performances.”