Turner full of praise as Ladies crash out of the cup
Last night Sheffield FC Ladies crashed out of the Continental Tyres Cup as they lost 4-2 on penalties to Premier League Sunderland Ladies, writes Luke Phelps, in a thoroughly entertaining game at The Coach & Horses.
The visitors had dominated large parts of the first half and took the lead when captain Lucy Staniforth finished past Danielle Gibbons, who kept Sheffield in the game with several top saves.
Rhema Lord-Mears got Club back into the game just before the break, when her strike from the edge of the box flew into the top corner.
Sheffield dominated the second half and could’ve, probably should’ve won the game. It was however to be decided on penalties, and it was Sunderland who left victorious.
Speaking after the game, Sheffield FC Ladies assistant manager Luke Turner said: “The performance was good. The girls grafted really hard, but we know we’ve got some work to do in possession – we need to be a bit more clinical in front of goal.”
“We had a couple of opportunities to win the game... we defended resiliently and cleared a couple off the line.”
“Our keeper was outstanding, as well as our back four – I’m happy with the all-round performance.”
Sunderland are currently mid-table in the Premier League, a league above Sheffield.
“We definitely rose to the occasion tonight. It adds that extra bit of spice because the girls want to prove they’re capable of playing at that level, because that’s where we’re all pushing to get towards.”
“We know what to expect from top teams... Yes, they’re a good side and yes, they’ve got that little bit more time with the players to work on certain things to be fitter, and technically more sound – we feel we more than marched them tonight.”
With three weeks before the next game against Doncaster Rover Belles, Sheffield have some time to rest and prepare.
“The girls will have Sunday off – they’ve earned it. Back in training as normal next week for the Doncaster game and we’ve got a few weeks to prepare for it but not much will change in our schedule.”
“We'll get some extra stuff done that we can’t usually do because the games come thick and fast. It gives us more time to bond as a group.”
See Sheffield FC Ladies in action against Doncaster Rover Belles in the WSL 2 on 10th December from 2pm.