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Match Report

    

2.15pm Sunday 4th November 2012

Greater Manchester Women's Football League Division 1

Tameside Stadium, Richmond Street, Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL7 9HG


Curzon Ashton Ladies FC

0 - 2

FCUM Women

 

Attendance: 32

Curzon Ashton Ladies FC 0

FCUM Women 2



Attendance: 32
Match Report

After scoring 11 past Curzon on Broadhurst Fields on 30 September, the Ashton outfit were a different proposition on their own patch, restricting United to just two goals on a bright, chilly autumn afternoon at the Tameside Stadium 3G facility. A first half strike direct from a Kirsty Chambers’ corner and an Amy Vyas goal 10 minutes after the restart were enough to seal a 2-0 victory and keep the reds top of the league going into next week’s crucial clash with second-placed Manchester City.

United got proceedings underway and the first assault on the Curzon goal came after just three minutes when a clever through-ball by Claire O’Reilly found Kayleigh Catterall who curled a shot just inches past the upright from 18 yards. In a generally even game, Curzon’s first riposte came on seven minutes when a free kick from the left was headed clear by the imperious Fran Davies only for Holly Espie, one of nine Curzon survivors from the Broadhurst match, to volley towards goal. Amy Gillingham comfortably fielded the danger in the FC goal.

United began to control possession after the early exchanges and on the quarter hour good work down the left saw a Chambers’ cross from the bye line clear the area as right back Amy Battel surged onto the loose ball clipping it inside for Catterall to scorch the fingertips of Kerry Podmore in the Ashton goal who dived superbly to tip the fierce drive around the post. Chambers came across to take the corner which deftly cleared everyone as it curled in at the far post to give United the lead they just about deserved.

Following an O’Reilly free kick that narrowly evaded the onrushing reds at the far post, Curzon cleared quickly up field forcing Davies to hit a bouncing ball back to Gillingham under pressure from Kim Seddon. Inexplicably the FC custodian picked the ball up on the left edge of her area giving referee David Heron no option but to award Curzon a free kick in dangerous position. Once again, Davies headed the danger clear and the game entered a period where both teams cancelled each other out in midfield and little creativity occurred. On 37 minutes, with Curzon pressing FC back towards their goal, number 12 Cheryl Larkin, seemed to collapse awkwardly just outside the penalty area. A ten-minute break in play ensued as an ambulance was called and Cheryl was taken to hospital with a back injury - we wish her well for a speedy recovery.

As the half entered its 43rd minute Davies was harshly adjudged to have fouled Curzon’s Emma King and Candice Mather lined up to fire a goal bound effort from 25 yards which Gillingham stretched superbly to tip over the bar to bring first half proceedings to a close.

A quiet yet determined start to the second half from both teams sprung into life on 53 minutes when Beth Hayes looped a cross into the centre from her right wing berth which Vyas gathered in her stride surging into the Curzon area only for her shot to go harmlessly wide after good pressure from a covering defender. However, within two minutes Curzon were committed high up the pitch and Davies, down by her left corner flag neatly played out of danger with a through ball which bypassed the high line of Curzon’s midfield leaving their defence hopelessly outnumbered and back peddling as Catterall slotted a pass through to Vyas who this time made no mistake slotting her shot past Podmore to double United’s lead.

A series of FC substitutions took place ensuring the whole squad were afforded some game time and another Catterall through ball saw the fresh strike force of Shellby Wolstencroft and Hayley O’Hara beating the offside trap with Wolstencroft flicking her effort over the on rushing Podmore before wheeling away convinced it was going in. Unfortunately the spin on the ball saw it strike the post and bounce back across the six yard box for O’Hara to slot home on 88 minutes only for her effort to be ruled out for offside.

With Manchester City winning at AFC Oldham, next week’s encounter with the Blues is surely a title-defining top of the table clash at Broadhurst Fields.

Report by Rob Fullen

Player of the match: Fran Davies, FC United’s vice-captain, narrowly edged out her central defensive partner Broghan Matthews for this week’s player of the match as she marshalled the defence superbly in what was a significant test ahead of the City game next week.

Teams 4 November 2012: Attendance: 32

FC United of Manchester Women: 2 (1)

1. Amy Gillingham (Goalkeeper and captain)
2. Amy Battel (right back)
8. Maya Germain (left back)
4. Francesca Davies (centre half)
5. Broghan Matthews (centre half)
7. Kayleigh Catterall (centre midfield)
18. Claire O’Reilly (centre midfield)
14. Olivia Greenhalgh (centre midfield)
17. Beth Hayes (right midfield)
11. Kirsty Chambers (left midfield and goal 16 mins)
16. Amy Vyas (centre forward and goal 55 mins)

Subs:
10. Beth Tattersall (for No17 58 mins)
12. Hayley O’Hara (for No16 75 mins)
6. Shellby Wolstencroft (for No19 61 mins)
9. Olivia Smith (for No 11 71 mins)
3. Adora Yau (for No18 71 mins)

Curzon Ashton Ladies Reserves FC: 0 (0)

1. Kerry Podmore
2. Sam Shepard
3. Laura Cummings
4. Laura Duffy
5. Sarah Haymes (captain)
14. Emma King
7. Candice Mather
8. Kim Seddon (FC’s Curzon player of the game)
17. Anne Beagan
10. Sarah Goulding
11. Holly Espie

Subs:
12. Cheryl Larkin
9. Jess Shepley
6. Rachel Parkinson
15. Hannah Denholm
16. Christa Harding
2nd No 6. Megan Ashton

Match Report

After scoring 11 past Curzon on Broadhurst Fields on 30 September, the Ashton outfit were a different proposition on their own patch, restricting United to just two goals on a bright, chilly autumn afternoon at the Tameside Stadium 3G facility. A first half strike direct from a Kirsty Chambers’ corner and an Amy Vyas goal 10 minutes after the restart were enough to seal a 2-0 victory and keep the reds top of the league going into next week’s crucial clash with second-placed Manchester City.

United got proceedings underway and the first assault on the Curzon goal came after just three minutes when a clever through-ball by Claire O’Reilly found Kayleigh Catterall who curled a shot just inches past the upright from 18 yards. In a generally even game, Curzon’s first riposte came on seven minutes when a free kick from the left was headed clear by the imperious Fran Davies only for Holly Espie, one of nine Curzon survivors from the Broadhurst match, to volley towards goal. Amy Gillingham comfortably fielded the danger in the FC goal.

United began to control possession after the early exchanges and on the quarter hour good work down the left saw a Chambers’ cross from the bye line clear the area as right back Amy Battel surged onto the loose ball clipping it inside for Catterall to scorch the fingertips of Kerry Podmore in the Ashton goal who dived superbly to tip the fierce drive around the post. Chambers came across to take the corner which deftly cleared everyone as it curled in at the far post to give United the lead they just about deserved.

Following an O’Reilly free kick that narrowly evaded the onrushing reds at the far post, Curzon cleared quickly up field forcing Davies to hit a bouncing ball back to Gillingham under pressure from Kim Seddon. Inexplicably the FC custodian picked the ball up on the left edge of her area giving referee David Heron no option but to award Curzon a free kick in dangerous position. Once again, Davies headed the danger clear and the game entered a period where both teams cancelled each other out in midfield and little creativity occurred. On 37 minutes, with Curzon pressing FC back towards their goal, number 12 Cheryl Larkin, seemed to collapse awkwardly just outside the penalty area. A ten-minute break in play ensued as an ambulance was called and Cheryl was taken to hospital with a back injury - we wish her well for a speedy recovery.

As the half entered its 43rd minute Davies was harshly adjudged to have fouled Curzon’s Emma King and Candice Mather lined up to fire a goal bound effort from 25 yards which Gillingham stretched superbly to tip over the bar to bring first half proceedings to a close.

A quiet yet determined start to the second half from both teams sprung into life on 53 minutes when Beth Hayes looped a cross into the centre from her right wing berth which Vyas gathered in her stride surging into the Curzon area only for her shot to go harmlessly wide after good pressure from a covering defender. However, within two minutes Curzon were committed high up the pitch and Davies, down by her left corner flag neatly played out of danger with a through ball which bypassed the high line of Curzon’s midfield leaving their defence hopelessly outnumbered and back peddling as Catterall slotted a pass through to Vyas who this time made no mistake slotting her shot past Podmore to double United’s lead.

A series of FC substitutions took place ensuring the whole squad were afforded some game time and another Catterall through ball saw the fresh strike force of Shellby Wolstencroft and Hayley O’Hara beating the offside trap with Wolstencroft flicking her effort over the on rushing Podmore before wheeling away convinced it was going in. Unfortunately the spin on the ball saw it strike the post and bounce back across the six yard box for O’Hara to slot home on 88 minutes only for her effort to be ruled out for offside.

With Manchester City winning at AFC Oldham, next week’s encounter with the Blues is surely a title-defining top of the table clash at Broadhurst Fields.

Report by Rob Fullen

Player of the match: Fran Davies, FC United’s vice-captain, narrowly edged out her central defensive partner Broghan Matthews for this week’s player of the match as she marshalled the defence superbly in what was a significant test ahead of the City game next week.

Teams 4 November 2012: Attendance: 32

FC United of Manchester Women: 2 (1)

1. Amy Gillingham (Goalkeeper and captain)
2. Amy Battel (right back)
8. Maya Germain (left back)
4. Francesca Davies (centre half)
5. Broghan Matthews (centre half)
7. Kayleigh Catterall (centre midfield)
18. Claire O’Reilly (centre midfield)
14. Olivia Greenhalgh (centre midfield)
17. Beth Hayes (right midfield)
11. Kirsty Chambers (left midfield and goal 16 mins)
16. Amy Vyas (centre forward and goal 55 mins)

Subs:
10. Beth Tattersall (for No17 58 mins)
12. Hayley O’Hara (for No16 75 mins)
6. Shellby Wolstencroft (for No19 61 mins)
9. Olivia Smith (for No 11 71 mins)
3. Adora Yau (for No18 71 mins)

Curzon Ashton Ladies Reserves FC: 0 (0)

1. Kerry Podmore
2. Sam Shepard
3. Laura Cummings
4. Laura Duffy
5. Sarah Haymes (captain)
14. Emma King
7. Candice Mather
8. Kim Seddon (FC’s Curzon player of the game)
17. Anne Beagan
10. Sarah Goulding
11. Holly Espie

Subs:
12. Cheryl Larkin
9. Jess Shepley
6. Rachel Parkinson
15. Hannah Denholm
16. Christa Harding
2nd No 6. Megan Ashton