THE NEW SAINTS LADIES 1-4 EVERTON LADIES UNDER 20
PLAYED AT PARK HALL STADIUM, OSWESTRY
WEDNESDAY 31ST JULY 2019
MATCH REPORT BY DAVID FIGG
The New Saints Ladies team slipped to a 1-4 home defeat by Everton Ladies Under 20s in an entertaining friendly at Park Hall Stadium last Wednesday night (31st July).
Saints had gone into the game in good heart on the back of a 7-3 home win over Orchard Welsh Premier Women’s League side Briton Ferry Ladies the previous Sunday.
Meanwhile, it was Everton Ladies Under 20s’ first pre-season friendly.
Saints took the lead in the 44th minute when Laura Morris’ corner from the left evaded everyone and went straight in at the far post past Everton keeper Anna Pedersen.
Saints made 4 half time changes with Lauren Brown replacing Lucy Brown, Zoe Griffiths replacing Laura Pennington, Jodie Bragan replacing Katie Doster and Charley Smith replacing Charlotte Turner.
Meanwhile, Everton made just one change from their 2 available subs with Emily Hamer replacing Lucy Walsh.
Everton equalised just into the 51st minute when Grace Clinton’s low diagonal through ball from middle to left found Lois Moore, who slid in to slot her right foot shot from 10 yards into Saints keeper Sarah Parkes’ left hand corner.
Everton went 2-1 up in the 60th minute when Sophie Slater’s low through ball down the middle from the halfway line found Moore who ran on and into the box before slotting her right foot shot from 14 yards into Parkes’ right hand corner.
Saints made a double change with sub keeper Beth Cleveley replacing Parkes right at the end of the 64th minute and Courtney Ashworth coming on for Kim Bebbington just into the 65th minute.
Just 34 seconds later, It was 3-1 Everton when Isabelle Dean’s low through ball down the middle found Slater who took a touch before sending a low diagonal ball to the right to Moore. She took a touch before squaring to the far post where Kaya Pottinger fired her right foot shot from 6 yards into Cleveley’s right hand corner.
Everton made their second change in the 71st minute when Walsh came back on to replace Dean.
Saints made a quadruple change in the 72nd minute with Charlotte Turner replacing Caitlyn Smith, Lucy Brown coming back on to replace Helen Evans, Laura Pennington coming back on for Morris and Katie Doster coming back on for Taylor Davis.
Then in the 86th minute, Everton were reduced to 10 players when, with no available substitutes left, Ashleigh Longworth went off injured.
Then with 34 seconds of normal time left at the end, it was 4-1 when Emma Doyle picked up a loose ball in the middle and played a low diagonal ball to her left to Slater, who was left with a one on one with Cleveley before firing her left foot shot from 15 yards into the keeper’s left hand corner.
Despite Saints’ defeat by their more illustrious opponents, it was a good work-out for both sides.
Saints: Sarah Parkes, Helen Evans, Charlotte Turner, Lia Lewis, Laura Morris, Taylor Davis, Lucy Brown, Kim Bebbington, Laura Pennington, Caitlyn Smith, Katie Doster. Subs: Lauren Brown (for Lucy Brown 46), Zoe Griffiths (for Pennington 46), Jodie Bragan (for Doster 46), Charley Smith (for Turner 46), Beth Cleveley (GK) (for Parkes 64), Courtney Ashworth (for Bebbington 65), Charlotte Turner (for Caitlyn Smith 72), Lucy Brown (for Evans 72), Laura Pennington (for Morris 72), Katie Doster (for Davis 72).