Match Report from the Cup Final: Wolves Women vs Birmingham City Ladies
Birmingham City Ladies are two divisions up from Wolves Women and a team in the absolute elite of British womens football.
In fact they have actually just been invited to join the new Super League for women – designed for eight teams and constructed to take British womens football – one of the fastest growing sports in the country – one more step towards the international elite.
Birmingham have been scrutinized before being allowed joining this exclusive club of teams and are from next season an integrated part of Birmingham FC and the club is really putting in resources to create an elite team. Maybe something to look into and follow by the Wolves officials?!
Anyway. Wolves Women met this team in the final of the Birmingham County Cup yesterday at Solihull Moors and they really took the lead after a quarter of an hour.
It was on a corner from Hayley Packer that Christine Bavington headed the ball into the City Ladies net. But the Ladies came back and after half an hour Amy McCann – who has played for Wolves a short spell when coming back after child birth – found the net. An odd way to say thank you. 😆
In the second half Birmingham took the lead after only eight minutes when Mikaela Howell headed in from a cross. After that the Wolves Women tried hard to get an equaliser – both Packer and Sophie Walker came close – and Wolves held their opponents from getting a bigger lead by very good defending.
But quality counts and just ten minutes from time Blues made it three to one by a goal from the same Howell. Wolves Women continued to try and showed a lot of team spirit, but in the last minute of the game Birmingham City Ladies made their fourth goal by Danni Bird.
Still it was a good effort from the womens team and manager Astle said after the match to the Official Wolves site:
“In the first half we stuck to our gameplan and our formation, and it was nice to score first, although it would have been better shortly before half time! In fairness our goal seemed to kick-start Blues, and they pressed and showed their true quality. I was pleased to go in 1-1 at the break, but after Blues’ second goal they brought on three international players and the difference showed.”
“I was really proud of my players. They’re a young side, and for several of them it was their first Cup Final. I feel they really acquitted themselves wel It was also great to see injured players Natalie Widdal and Jay Bradford joining the team to come up and receive their medals. I know the players are disappointed, but I think they can all hold their heads up high.”
The next game for Wolves Women – and the last game of the season in the league – is against Sporting Club Albion (former WBA) on Sunday.
TEAM: Thomas, Bavington, Seeley (Durnall 78), Perks, Salter, Morris, Pope (Walker 58), Quick, Selmes, Richards (Large 78), Packer.