Ladies First Team vs. Hull City (2 : 4)
FA WNL Northern Division
In the second of this month's string of Yorkshire derbies, Sheffield travelled to Hull City Ladies looking to right the wrongs of the previous week's narrow defeat to Guiseley.
In spite of periods of good play and a number of decent chances on the Hull goal throughout the game, it proved to be moments of mistakes or loss of concentration that allowed Hull to take home the three points in the end.
The game started brightly for Sheffield who moved the ball well and competed with Hull physically and had the better possession. Limited clear cut chances could be made however, leaving Sheffield to snap shots and efforts from distance for the main.
It was the Tigresses who took the lead. A corner floated in from the left and there was Ellice Jackman who rose between two and headed past Sheffield's goalkeeper, Lauren Santoro.
Sheffield responded well with Molly Havard, Millee Clarke and Lisa Giampalma all having glimpses of the Hull goal, with the Sheffield midfield doing well to keep the ball behind the front line, allowing the visitors to be more effective.
As the tide was turning though, the hosts struck again when a mistake at the back let Harley Skinner steal the ball and drive it high into the top corner for 2-0.
Sheffield's endeavour was rewarded at the end of the half. A Sheffield corner was cleared by Hull but well chased back by Megan Tinsley, who swung in a delightful cross and Giampalma rose excellently to power it home back across the face of goal and in past Amy Halloran.
Sheffield started the second half with the bit between their teeth, moving the ball well and finding a tireless Havard in the spaces behind the back line. Again half chances were created, but a combination of good defending and a lack of luck denied Club the equaliser they were seeking.
Giampalma looked the most likely, stabbing just wide after linking well with Havard, but Tinsley and White all had efforts saved by Halloran.
Hull upped the pressure for a time, and in spite of some good defending by Sheffield initially, including a great tackle and clearance by substitute Holly Housley, the resulting corner rendered Hull's third. The ball dropped into the mix and was poked over the line by Jackman.
Hull’s direct approach worked again 6 minutes from time to seal the deal. A long ball was not properly cleaned and eventually fell to Amy Blinkhorn who smashed home an excellent volley into the top corner.
A valiant Sheffield kept playing and grabbed one back in the final minute when Giampalma picked up the ball wide of the goal and her shot-cum-cross evaded Hull’s ‘keeper and nestled in the back of the net.
More good played from Sheffield rendered another chance, created and dispatched by White, who saw her 20 yard effort cannon back off the upright - six inches to the left and the last few minutes of the game would have been interesting.
There was still time for a handball on the edge of the area by ex-Sheffield defender, Tash Cooke, which was struck was wide of the mark, and time ran out for Sheffield to reduce the arrears any further.