Wolves crushes Birmingham in Cup

There has been some busy days for your favorite flea the last couple of days and I’m sorry to say that I have completely missed out on that Wolves Women has played a match.

I hope you will forgive me. I thought that they still had a ‘winter break’ because of a frozen pitch, but the weather has been better and they have played in the Birmingham County Cup. Their first competitive fixture since December 13 after numerous weather-inflicted postponements, as the official Wolves site puts it.

Last Sunday they took on Birmingham Athletics at Goodrich Sports Ground and they did very well indeed.

After a quarter of an hour Dani Selmes put here lovely head on a Hayley Packer free-kick, but it was unfortunately saved by the Athletic keeper. And both Sophie Richards and Anna Perks came close a little later.

Abby Pope, a young woman probably from the Centre of Excellence, made her senior debut this afternoon and put in an excellent cross which Selmes directed just wide. Close to an assist in her first game.

But the same Selmes did not miss the target after half an hour and she could break the deadlock after latching onto a Packer cross, beating the keeper.

Packer showed her class and hunger again just 3 minutes later, when her ball across the goalmouth was slotted home by Rebecca Large. 2-0 to Wolves Women and an hour left of the game. Both Abby Pope and Packer had chances later on in the half, but it finished two goals up for the women from Wolverhampton.

(Neat, eh? Sorry ’bout the blue shirt. Maybe you could cut it out and put her in your mail or your site anyway? :lol:)

In the second half Wolves started to dominate the match and winger Sarah Richards had several early chances to score. Packer sent a free-kick into the side netting and both she and Amber Quick were thwarted by former Wolves keeper Alison Spriggs.

So they had some difficulties in scoring in the beginning of the second half, just as they had in the first, but after half an hour gone Wolves’ persistence paid off when Amber Quick won a goalmouth scramble for the ball following a Selmes cross and beat the keeper to make it 3-0.

Selmes added her second goal, after being denied a little earlier, as Pope’s shot from a short corner was blocked and fell at her feet and she had no trouble to make it 4-0.

Wolves rounded off their afternoon with what Mick McCarthy would have said was a terrific goal from substitute Lynsey Longhurst as she headed home a Packer corner. 5-0 to Wolves Women against the local competition. Not bad at all!

Manager James Astle said to Wolves Official site:

It took some time for us to get going, but by the end of the game we were looking good. Abby Pope caused them problems at the back, and it’s nice to get some goals. Both the youngsters – Abby and Emma Day – acquitted themselves well and it has given me a selection headache for next weekend.

I’ll bet he hasn’t got the headaches of Mick McCarthy’s though. But it’s good that Wolves Women are back up and running. They have to wait until next Sunday to find out what team they will meet in the quarter finals of the Cup.

Wolves Women: Thomas, Widdal (Longhurst 78), Coley, Perks, Day, Morris (Hakeman 72), Richards, Large (Quick 45), Selmes, Pope, Packer. NOT USED: Salter, Bradford.


~ by paddytheflea on January 27, 2010.

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