23rd of April 2pm Jersey FA Women took on Sheffield United Ladies in a historic fixture; Bramall Lane, both teams held a minutes silence for Ugo Ehiogu.
A crowd of 350 people turned out for the match. Jersey FA started the stronger of the two teams, there was some big tackles in the opening minutes which set the tone for a competitive match. Jersey played high with their 4-3-3 formation; they didn’t have to wait long for the opening chance of the game. An in-swinging cross found Megan Wood who lost her marker to flick out an out-stretched leg with the volley going just over the crossbar.
Sheffield United Ladies, fought their way back into the match with a few half chances. However, It was Jersey who went closest to opening the scoring again, Jodie Botterill was on the end of some terrific team play, a quick turn and shot from the edge of the box resulted in her low bouncing shot ricocheting off the outside of the post.
The home team came back into the match confidently; their best chance coming through a quick free kick with their forward’s effort on goal going straight into the hands of Jersey goalkeeper Sara Luce. Just before half time Sheffield United created another goal scoring opportunity with a one on one with Luce coming out bravely to deny the home team the opener and taking a knock for her troubles.
The teams went in level at Half time at 0-0 after a very competitive first half.
Sheffield Untied Ladies came out stronger of the two sides in the second half. The home crowd did not have to wait long for the opening goal; a free-kick on the edge of the by-line, deflected in the box and fell too Sheffield United’s Rachel Ruddach who tapped home the opener.
The home side then had momentum to take the game to Jersey, but found Jersey’s defence difficult to break down. Jersey weathered the storm and found their feet again working the ball well in midfield and linking up with the forward three, Jersey’s pressure ended up with them being awarded a free kick in a dangerous position at the edge of the box. Botterill’s first attempt hit the wall; but referee blew for encroachment, Botterill second attempt would not be denied, a small gap to the right of the wall was enough for her to bring the scores level, with low powerful shot.
As the game continued, both teams were evenly matched and looking to win the game. The deciding goal came 8 minutes from time, Sheffield United’s short corner and in-swinging cross found Natalie Frogatt at the back post who had a simple tap in.
Full Time: Sheffiled United Ladies 2 Jersey FA Women 1
Jersey FA joint-Interim Head Coach Daniel Seviour said; “Myself & Jodie are extremely delighted with our performance, by far the best ladies match I’ve ever been involved with. We went into the match well prepared; the ladies stuck to our philosophy of play and working towards our team targets. It was a fantastic opportunity for our players, who all rose to the occasion. The player’s attitudes was a credit to the Jersey FA and their clubs, overall it was a fantastic learning opportunity for the experienced and younger players of the squad.”
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