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Match Report

5th December 2021

The FA Women's National League – Division One North

Broadhurst Park, 310 Lightbowne Road, Moston, Manchester, M40 0FJ


FC United of Manchester Women

1 - 3

Liverpool Feds Women

Flanagan 61
 
Cole 14
Pope 52
Kinvig 90+1
Attendance: 56

FC United of Manchester Women 1

Flanagan 61

Liverpool Feds Women 3

Cole 14
Pope 52
Kinvig 90+1

Attendance: 56


FC United of Manchester

1 Chloe Ainsworth
2 Corie Mather
3 Emily Marsh
6 Abby Hunt
9 Olivia Smith
11 Kirsty Chambers (capt)
13 Ceri Ogdon
14 Anya Donelan
15 Chelsea Flanagan
19 Keeley Goodwin
20 Katie O'Gara

Subs.
16 Ellie Rigby (for 13, 59 mins)
17 Beth Hayes (for 14, 76 mins)
21 Elsie Baxter
23 Sophie Diorio (for 2, 70 mins)

Liverpool Feds Women

1 Rachel Darbyhire

2 Ellie Fletcher

3 Rosie Kinvig

4 Natalie Clark

5 Chantelle Thompson (capt)

6 Nicola James

7 Jennifer Rogers 

8 Amy Seagraves

11 Abby Pope 

15 Molly Farley 

16 Paige Cole

 

Subs.

10 Demi Devereaux

14 Ella Pemberton (for 15, 83 mins)

17 Erin Slade (for 7, 68 mins)

21 Emily Hickey (for 11, 80 mins) 


Match Report

FC United Women came up just short in an enthralling game against league leaders Liverpool Feds, which was only settled with a last minute clinching goal for the visitors by Rosie Kinvig.

There was a 10 minute delay to the kick off due to the non-appearance of one of the nominated assistant referees. A situation that saw FC United member Peter Moulds take the flag for the opening period of the game until a hastily arranged replacement official arrived. 

An early raid for FC saw Anya Donelan whip over a cross from the right that went untouched across the goalmouth but the Reds stayed on the attack with Kirsty Chambers sending in a ball from the opposite side which flashed across goal just eluding a touch by Ceri Ogdon - making her debut for FC against her previous club - at the far post.

However an encouraging start was dampened as the visitors took a 10th minute lead. A scramble in the goalmouth saw the ball come back out to Feds’ Paige Cole who fired in from the edge of the area.

Cole proved to be a constant thorn in the side of the Reds all afternoon. The Feds’ number 16 threatened again with a low ball in from the right that saw FC keeper dive off her line to touch clear. This allowed the home side to launch a break with the ball ending up with Chelsea Flanagan, making a return debut for FC United, putting in a cross from the left from which smart defending by the visitors saw Keeley Goodwin’s effort blocked.

Cole was soon in the thick of the action again though. Not long after seeing another dangerous low ball go untouched across the goalmouth, she pounced on a loose ball hastily cleared by Emily Marsh to fire just wide from the edge of the area.

The visitors were now starting to look dominant. Abby Pope found room to run into the area down the left and put in a dangerous low ball that Donelan did well to block for a corner. Then just before the half time whistle, Cole came within sight of goal again but was denied by Goodwin, who seemed to be all over the park in FC’s cause, racing back to whip the ball off her toe for another corner.

There were early second half chances at both ends. Goodwin again made her presence felt on attack with another low ball into the box blocked by Feds defender Clark. At the other end, Ainsworth twice denied Jennifer Rogers - firstly with a dive to save a low angled shot from the right of the area and again moments later when Feds’ no. 7 pounced on defensive hesitancy to go through again. This time Ainsworth stood up to the threat and blocked the shot.

However there wasn’t much that the FC keeper could do when, a few minutes later, Pope doubled the visitors’ lead with a ball lofted over Ainsworth from the left that dropped into the bottom far corner of the net.

FC penalty appeals were declined by the referee after Goodwin put a ball in to the feet of Chambers who, with her back to goal in the area, turned to shoot before going down after being barged from behind.

Nonetheless the Reds found a lifeline from a free kick on the left which was floated in for Flanagan to rise and score with a delicate glancing header to halve the deficit.

The Merseysiders’ response was to look for the added insurance of a third goal, which could have come when Rogers sprang the offside trap on a run down inside right but, seeming almost surprised to find herself in the clear, screwed a shot wide across goal.

A short corner move on the right for Feds resulted in a low angled shot being blocked for another corner, from which a near repeat move saw Pope’s shot touched onto the underside of the bar by Ainsworth and, thankfully from an FC point of view, bounce to safety.

Two of the visitors’ most dangerous players combined in a move that saw Cole put the ball in the net from Pope’s pass only to be denied by an offside flag. FC meanwhile struggled to create too many chances that might have brought an equaliser. There was a fleeting chance when Chambers managed to get away and put a ball over from the left to which Flanagan was just beaten by keeper Rachel Darbyshire.

A mis-cued clearance by Ainsworth was pounced on by Cole who held off Goodwin’s challenge to get in a shot on the turn that flew just wide.

The result was finally put beyond doubt in the 90th minute as Feds’ Rosie Kinvig ran clear onto a ball over the top of the stretched FC United defence to score with a shot from the right side of the area.

There could be no arguing that Feds deserved the win although it was a performance encouraging enough to suggest that Tom Fitton's injury hit side, with three new additions for this game, might be starting to take shape and adjust to their new competitive level. 

 

by Phil Bradbury

 

FC Player of the game: Keeley Goodwin

 

Referee: Jack Lucas

Assistants: Jon Ashworth Sears & Adewunmi Soneye 

 

Stats - courtesy of Paul Hinson (FC United first)

Shots on target: 4-7

Shots off target: 8-13

Free kicks: 10-10

Corners: 2-7

Offsides: 6-4

Yellow Cards: 0-0

Red Cards: 0-0

Passes: 351-337

Possession: 51%-49%

Match Report

FC United Women came up just short in an enthralling game against league leaders Liverpool Feds, which was only settled with a last minute clinching goal for the visitors by Rosie Kinvig.

There was a 10 minute delay to the kick off due to the non-appearance of one of the nominated assistant referees. A situation that saw FC United member Peter Moulds take the flag for the opening period of the game until a hastily arranged replacement official arrived. 

An early raid for FC saw Anya Donelan whip over a cross from the right that went untouched across the goalmouth but the Reds stayed on the attack with Kirsty Chambers sending in a ball from the opposite side which flashed across goal just eluding a touch by Ceri Ogdon - making her debut for FC against her previous club - at the far post.

However an encouraging start was dampened as the visitors took a 10th minute lead. A scramble in the goalmouth saw the ball come back out to Feds’ Paige Cole who fired in from the edge of the area.

Cole proved to be a constant thorn in the side of the Reds all afternoon. The Feds’ number 16 threatened again with a low ball in from the right that saw FC keeper dive off her line to touch clear. This allowed the home side to launch a break with the ball ending up with Chelsea Flanagan, making a return debut for FC United, putting in a cross from the left from which smart defending by the visitors saw Keeley Goodwin’s effort blocked.

Cole was soon in the thick of the action again though. Not long after seeing another dangerous low ball go untouched across the goalmouth, she pounced on a loose ball hastily cleared by Emily Marsh to fire just wide from the edge of the area.

The visitors were now starting to look dominant. Abby Pope found room to run into the area down the left and put in a dangerous low ball that Donelan did well to block for a corner. Then just before the half time whistle, Cole came within sight of goal again but was denied by Goodwin, who seemed to be all over the park in FC’s cause, racing back to whip the ball off her toe for another corner.

There were early second half chances at both ends. Goodwin again made her presence felt on attack with another low ball into the box blocked by Feds defender Clark. At the other end, Ainsworth twice denied Jennifer Rogers - firstly with a dive to save a low angled shot from the right of the area and again moments later when Feds’ no. 7 pounced on defensive hesitancy to go through again. This time Ainsworth stood up to the threat and blocked the shot.

However there wasn’t much that the FC keeper could do when, a few minutes later, Pope doubled the visitors’ lead with a ball lofted over Ainsworth from the left that dropped into the bottom far corner of the net.

FC penalty appeals were declined by the referee after Goodwin put a ball in to the feet of Chambers who, with her back to goal in the area, turned to shoot before going down after being barged from behind.

Nonetheless the Reds found a lifeline from a free kick on the left which was floated in for Flanagan to rise and score with a delicate glancing header to halve the deficit.

The Merseysiders’ response was to look for the added insurance of a third goal, which could have come when Rogers sprang the offside trap on a run down inside right but, seeming almost surprised to find herself in the clear, screwed a shot wide across goal.

A short corner move on the right for Feds resulted in a low angled shot being blocked for another corner, from which a near repeat move saw Pope’s shot touched onto the underside of the bar by Ainsworth and, thankfully from an FC point of view, bounce to safety.

Two of the visitors’ most dangerous players combined in a move that saw Cole put the ball in the net from Pope’s pass only to be denied by an offside flag. FC meanwhile struggled to create too many chances that might have brought an equaliser. There was a fleeting chance when Chambers managed to get away and put a ball over from the left to which Flanagan was just beaten by keeper Rachel Darbyshire.

A mis-cued clearance by Ainsworth was pounced on by Cole who held off Goodwin’s challenge to get in a shot on the turn that flew just wide.

The result was finally put beyond doubt in the 90th minute as Feds’ Rosie Kinvig ran clear onto a ball over the top of the stretched FC United defence to score with a shot from the right side of the area.

There could be no arguing that Feds deserved the win although it was a performance encouraging enough to suggest that Tom Fitton's injury hit side, with three new additions for this game, might be starting to take shape and adjust to their new competitive level. 

 

by Phil Bradbury

 

FC Player of the game: Keeley Goodwin

 

Referee: Jack Lucas

Assistants: Jon Ashworth Sears & Adewunmi Soneye 

 

Stats - courtesy of Paul Hinson (FC United first)

Shots on target: 4-7

Shots off target: 8-13

Free kicks: 10-10

Corners: 2-7

Offsides: 6-4

Yellow Cards: 0-0

Red Cards: 0-0

Passes: 351-337

Possession: 51%-49%


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