• Ladies First Team vs. Hull City (4 : 2)
  • Ladies First Team vs. Hull City (4 : 2)
  • Ladies First Team vs. Hull City (4 : 2)
  • Ladies First Team vs. Hull City (4 : 2)

Ladies First Team vs. Hull City (4 : 2)


Sunday, 31 March, 2019 - 14:00 - FA WNL Northern Division

A Sammy Conroy debut goal, sandwiched between a Holly Housley brace during an action-packed second half, were enough to seal maximum points for Sheffield FC Ladies, following Rhema Lord-Mears first half strike against Hull City.

Although the hosts created little to really test the Hull City's keeper, Amy Halloran, early on in the first half, Sheffield had the better possession and showed greater attacking intent than their opponents.  First Housley then Megan Tinsley delivered searching balls into the box, but Sheffield could not provide the vital touch both times.

Jess Heald then received on the edge of the area, hitting a shot on the turn that just lacked the direction to find the bottom corner.  Sheffield went closer as Tinsley and then Lisa Giampalma both missed half chances after driving down on the Hull City goal, the latter hitting the post with her effort midway through the half. 

With the half drawing to a close, Sheffield got the breakthrough - a throw-in from the right was received by Lord-Mears, who turned quickly and caught Halloran out with a powerful shot between keeper and near post.

HT: 1-0

After a quiet first half, Hull came out after the break with real intent to make their mark on the game, and the hosts struggled to deal with a number of good attacking moves.

It was from a Sheffield corner, however, that Hull levelled things up.  As the hosts delivery was cleared, the ball was quickly switched into the driving run of Harley Skinner who accelerated to the edge of the box before finding the top corner with a good strike.  And the game burst into life.

Sheffield picked things up again in an attempt to regain control the game, targetting the wide areas through the pace of Tinsley and Giampalma.  On 64 minutes, Good combination play between Tinsley and Housley on the left, saw the captain drive a curling ball to the near post from a tight angle, Halloran tried to claw it away but pushed it onto the woodwork and the ball rebounded in.

But the visitors were level again with 60 seconds, as Jo Symington came off the bench and onto the score sheet as she received a pass on the edge of the area and, unopposed, struck low past Serena Clarke.

In her first game since signing from Leicester City WFC, it was then Clarke's time to shine.  A good shot from the right was about to give the the Tigresses the lead, but for a strong hand pushing it round the post.

Sheffield struch a third time, just minutes after being pegged back, when they were awarded another corner which was flighted perfectly by Tinsley onto the head of debutant Conroy and she powered a header into the back of the net.

Sheffield made sure Hull were not going to draw level a third time as, with six minutes remaining, Tinsley drove infield, her powerful run just too much for defender Ellice Jackman who brought her down inside the box, and Housley stepped up and dispatched a cool penalty to make the result certain.  

FT: 4-2

Sheffield boss, Calum Oakenfold, was delighted with his team's performance: “It was a great result for us today. First half we moved the ball very well and found attacking areas quite effectively. But all credit to Hull who came out second half and pushed, got their goals, and made it a difficult game.”

“The points and the result was our main focus, so to get it and move us forward is great.  The players' attitudes and commitment was great, and mirrored how they’ve been in training all week.  Now we have to keep building and move on ready for another big game in a fortnight's time.”

Photos courtesy of Joe Smart.