Wolverhampton Wanderers Ladies booked their place in the first round of this years SSE Women’s Cup as they saw off The New Saints Ladies. Wolves currently have only lost one game all season in the league meanwhile the Saints haven’t lost since their opening pre season game against Morcombe Ladies.
Right from the off the visitors looked in the ascendancy. An early chance saw the visitors player take a heavy touch in the area only for Ceri Evans to come out and gather the ball catching the player in the process. After a lengthy stoppage, the teenage goalkeeper was taken to hospital and replaced in goal by Sophie Edwards. Sophie Edwards was soon called into action, producing a treble save, first a shot from the edge of the box, before two point blank saves saw the score remain deadlocked. Just before the half hour mark the FA Women’s Premier League side made pay to their possession. Laura McQuillen rifled a shot from the edge of the box that rattled the crossbar and over the line. Wolves then doubled their lead five minutes into stoppage time. A corner from the right hand side, by Jennifer Annslow, was cleared by Sarah Burke before Jennifer Annslow got back onto the ball and lofted it into the far side netting to give the visitors a 2-0 lead at the break.
Second half saw the Saints improve their performance. A lot more fluid in their play, the Saints enjoyed periods with the ball creating a few half chances. Wolves put the game to bed half way through the half. Sam Berry was then taken off with a injury, which later proved to be a cracked bone in the foot. The Saints had a chance through Maddie Jones. After beating her defender her shot rebounded off the post and out for a goal kick. A corner from Laura McQuillen was met by captain Anna Perks, who’s header gave Sophie Edwards no chance of saving it. Minutes before the end, a though ball from Sophie Davies saw Emily Ridge one on one versus Lucy Gardner in the Wolves goal. Ridge chipped the goalkeeper but also beat the post seeing Wolves progress to the first round of the FA Cup.
After the game Head of Girls & Women’s Football Peter Wilson commented, “Second half we really showed what we are about. We completed with a team who should be a league above what they are. It’s not the end that we are out of the cup, our priority has always been the league and we have done Shropshire proud of how far we have got again this year.”
“Obviously it was devastating to lose Ceri Evans within the first few minutes of the game and then to lose Sam Berry, who has got a cracked bone in the foot is never easy. Sophie Edwards did an exceptional job in goal today, making some fantastic saves. She fully deserved the player of the match award.”