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Match Report


   

2.00pm Sunday 19th August 2018

Friendly

Cardiff International Sports Campus, Leckwith Road, Cardiff. CF11 8AZ


Cardiff City FC Women

0 - 2

FCUM Women

 

Attendance: N/K

Cardiff City FC Women 0

FCUM Women 2



Attendance: N/K
CARDIFF CITY FC WOMEN 0 FC UNITED of MANCHESTER WOMEN 2
FC United Women overcome Bluebirds to finish pre-season campaign with a win.

FC United Women rounded off their 2018/19 pre-season campaign with a 2-0 win at Cardiff City FC Women, yesterday afternoon. Goals from Jess Battle and Kirsty Chambers, either side of half time, meant that United go into next weekend’s season opener off the back of a dominant win in the Welsh capital.

It was United who got the game underway overlooked by overcast Cardiff skies, at the International Sports Campus. Enjoying the majority of the ball early on, FC created the majority of the early chances, inside the opening ten minutes. First, Jess Battle forced the Cardiff keeper into two top class low saves before Rebecca Foster’s effort meant that she had to be alert again to palm away the goal-bound attempt.

Moments after the hosts had their first shot of the game (wide of Jackson’s left-hand post), the Reds put together the best move of the game so far. A beautifully flighted ball over-the-top by Olivia Greenhalgh found the feet of Corie Mather on the right, the winger pulled a driven ball across the box to the incoming Hannah Dale but the midfielder’s shot was just over the bar.

It wasn’t to be then for United, but it was less than 60 seconds later. Dale’s long range effort forced the Cardiff keeper into a superb leaping save, tipping the shot onto the bar only for Jess Battle to prod home her 6th goal of pre-season from close range, to give FC a well-deserved lead.

The first half may have been mostly played in Cardiff’s half of the pitch, but that didn’t stop Jackson from preserving the narrow lead when called upon. The goalkeeper, playing in her home country, made a string of smart and brave interceptions to help keep FC 1-0 up going into the break.

Just before that break, it was the Cardiff goalkeeper who this time came out on top in the battle with our no.9, the namesake having another of her one-on-one attempts well-denied by the in-form Cardiff keeper. Foster and Carrington also went close in the closing stages of the half but the Reds couldn’t find the goal needed to double their advantage, going into the break just the single goal ahead.

Looking to finish pre-season strongly, United started the second half as they finished the first; in control and on the front foot. Dale had the first attempt of the half, just 23 seconds after kick-off, but the goalkeeper was again alert and collected the strike that was on target.

Nicole Malpus replaced Sarah Chadwick in FC’s first change of the half on 53 minutes with the change continuing to keep the Reds’ fresh forward-thinking mindset on show. Fields continued to put a shift in from the middle of the pitch, finding Dale on a break that resulted in a chance for Mather who fired wide of the target.

The Reds’ management of the game was coming an increasing positive as time went on, well-kept possession was a feature midway through the second half, with Rebecca Foster rattling the crossbar at the end of the latest series of well-developed attacking play from Podmore’s side.

On 71 minutes, Kirsty Chambers was introduced for the first time and less than two minutes later she had stepped up to double United’s lead from the spot. Jess Battle was brought down inside the box, with Chambers converting the penalty expertly to give the Reds some breathing room as they entered the closing stages of the encounter.

Having been replaced by Chambers, Mather was re-introduced on 81 minutes for Shaunna Jein who had had a positive performance out on the right.

As the game came to a close, FC continued to show impetus and pressed for a third of the afternoon. Good linkup play between Cara Fields and Rebecca Foster worked the opportunity for Hannah Dale but the midfielder’s volley was unfortunately straight at the keeper. This was just after some strong and determined work from Olivia Greenhalgh to win FC a free-kick.

That was to be the last real opportunity of the game with the Reds finishing their pre-season campaign with a strong 2-0 win away from home. Later in the day, the signing of striker Aimee O’Keeffe from Wigan Athletic was also confirmed, to round off the perfect weekend for FCUMW. They return to Broadhurst Park next weekend for the season opener, against Blackburn Community Sports Club in the Preliminary Round of the 2018/19 SSE Women’s FA Cup. (*** Match subsequently postponed ***)

We hope to see you all there!

FCUMW Player of the Match - Cara Fields - Every player in red played their part, but it’s Cara Fields who takes this week’s award. Our no.6 for played a huge part in the Reds’ fluent performance on the afternoon. The midfielder showed strength, control and awareness to play a dominant role from an advanced attacking position, in a perfect away showing from FC.

Cardiff City FC Women: 0 (0)

Lineup not known.

FC United of Manchester Women: 2 (1)

1. Gemma Jackson
12. Shaunna Jein
2. Fran Davies (c)
3. Abbie Carrington
16. Sarah Chadwick
4. Olivia Greenhalgh
8. Rebecca Foster
7. Corie Mather
6. Cara Fields
10. Hannah Dale
9. Jess Battle (Goal 20 mins)
Subs:
14. Nicole Malpus (For No16 53 mins)
11. Kirsty Chambers (For No7 71 mins) (Goal (pen) 73 mins)

Roll on, roll off:

No7 for No12 (81 mins)

Venue: Cardiff International Sports Complex (CF11 8SX)

Report by Mikey Partington
CARDIFF CITY FC WOMEN 0 FC UNITED of MANCHESTER WOMEN 2

FC United Women overcome Bluebirds to finish pre-season campaign with a win.

FC United Women rounded off their 2018/19 pre-season campaign with a 2-0 win at Cardiff City FC Women, yesterday afternoon. Goals from Jess Battle and Kirsty Chambers, either side of half time, meant that United go into next weekend’s season opener off the back of a dominant win in the Welsh capital.

It was United who got the game underway overlooked by overcast Cardiff skies, at the International Sports Campus. Enjoying the majority of the ball early on, FC created the majority of the early chances, inside the opening ten minutes. First, Jess Battle forced the Cardiff keeper into two top class low saves before Rebecca Foster’s effort meant that she had to be alert again to palm away the goal-bound attempt.

Moments after the hosts had their first shot of the game (wide of Jackson’s left-hand post), the Reds put together the best move of the game so far. A beautifully flighted ball over-the-top by Olivia Greenhalgh found the feet of Corie Mather on the right, the winger pulled a driven ball across the box to the incoming Hannah Dale but the midfielder’s shot was just over the bar.

It wasn’t to be then for United, but it was less than 60 seconds later. Dale’s long range effort forced the Cardiff keeper into a superb leaping save, tipping the shot onto the bar only for Jess Battle to prod home her 6th goal of pre-season from close range, to give FC a well-deserved lead.

The first half may have been mostly played in Cardiff’s half of the pitch, but that didn’t stop Jackson from preserving the narrow lead when called upon. The goalkeeper, playing in her home country, made a string of smart and brave interceptions to help keep FC 1-0 up going into the break.

Just before that break, it was the Cardiff goalkeeper who this time came out on top in the battle with our no.9, the namesake having another of her one-on-one attempts well-denied by the in-form Cardiff keeper. Foster and Carrington also went close in the closing stages of the half but the Reds couldn’t find the goal needed to double their advantage, going into the break just the single goal ahead.

Looking to finish pre-season strongly, United started the second half as they finished the first; in control and on the front foot. Dale had the first attempt of the half, just 23 seconds after kick-off, but the goalkeeper was again alert and collected the strike that was on target.

Nicole Malpus replaced Sarah Chadwick in FC’s first change of the half on 53 minutes with the change continuing to keep the Reds’ fresh forward-thinking mindset on show. Fields continued to put a shift in from the middle of the pitch, finding Dale on a break that resulted in a chance for Mather who fired wide of the target.

The Reds’ management of the game was coming an increasing positive as time went on, well-kept possession was a feature midway through the second half, with Rebecca Foster rattling the crossbar at the end of the latest series of well-developed attacking play from Podmore’s side.

On 71 minutes, Kirsty Chambers was introduced for the first time and less than two minutes later she had stepped up to double United’s lead from the spot. Jess Battle was brought down inside the box, with Chambers converting the penalty expertly to give the Reds some breathing room as they entered the closing stages of the encounter.

Having been replaced by Chambers, Mather was re-introduced on 81 minutes for Shaunna Jein who had had a positive performance out on the right.

As the game came to a close, FC continued to show impetus and pressed for a third of the afternoon. Good linkup play between Cara Fields and Rebecca Foster worked the opportunity for Hannah Dale but the midfielder’s volley was unfortunately straight at the keeper. This was just after some strong and determined work from Olivia Greenhalgh to win FC a free-kick.

That was to be the last real opportunity of the game with the Reds finishing their pre-season campaign with a strong 2-0 win away from home. Later in the day, the signing of striker Aimee O’Keeffe from Wigan Athletic was also confirmed, to round off the perfect weekend for FCUMW. They return to Broadhurst Park next weekend for the season opener, against Blackburn Community Sports Club in the Preliminary Round of the 2018/19 SSE Women’s FA Cup. (*** Match subsequently postponed ***)

We hope to see you all there!

FCUMW Player of the Match - Cara Fields - Every player in red played their part, but it’s Cara Fields who takes this week’s award. Our no.6 for played a huge part in the Reds’ fluent performance on the afternoon. The midfielder showed strength, control and awareness to play a dominant role from an advanced attacking position, in a perfect away showing from FC.

Cardiff City FC Women: 0 (0)

Lineup not known.

FC United of Manchester Women: 2 (1)

1. Gemma Jackson
12. Shaunna Jein
2. Fran Davies (c)
3. Abbie Carrington
16. Sarah Chadwick
4. Olivia Greenhalgh
8. Rebecca Foster
7. Corie Mather
6. Cara Fields
10. Hannah Dale
9. Jess Battle (Goal 20 mins)
Subs:
14. Nicole Malpus (For No16 53 mins)
11. Kirsty Chambers (For No7 71 mins) (Goal (pen) 73 mins)

Roll on, roll off:

No7 for No12 (81 mins)

Venue: Cardiff International Sports Complex (CF11 8SX)

Report by Mikey Partington