Wolves Reach Finals In Keele International Cup

Wolves Women ended up 5th in their series – the Midland Womens Combination – last season.

Coventry City Ladies won the Midland Combination and will play in the Premier League the upcoming season. They had a close to perfect season with 18 wins and one draw. They drew against – Wolves Women!

The Women were tested against Premier League competition in the Keele International Cup last weekend. They did beat the Premier League team that finished 7th last season in the group play – Blackburn Rovers Ladies – and they were victorious against Manchester City aswell.

Dani Selmes scored against Blackburn and Jade Salisman – a Centre of Excellence graduate – against City after a corner by Kirsti Bavington. In the Semi Finals they played Everton Ladies – a team that won the FA Cup and finished second in the Premier League after Champions Arsenal Ladies last season – and they did win.

They were two goals down at half time, but bounced back after two powerful crosses by Amber Quick. One was taken care of excellently by Selmes – the other became an own goal. Then it went to penalty shoot-outs and Wolves Women were the team with the best nerves and precision. The shoot out saw an excellent save from Wolves’ keeper Alison Spriggs.

In the finals they met with Liverpool Ladies. Wolves had lost against them already in the group play by 6-0. Liverpool is a member of the new Super League – formed to take Womens football to a new level in the country.

The women in the Super League are mostly full blooded professionals and a now hard matched and tired Wolves team had no chance against the Liverpudlian stars. But they battled hard and were only one goal down at the brake.

They finally lost with 7-0, though, and among the scorers was the longest-serving player in Liverpool and the most capped player in the history of Welsh women’s football, Cheryl Foster. She scored a brace for them.

But making it all the way to the finals and beating two Premier League sides in the process is a very good result for the Women. Wolves played with a mixed team of seasoned players and youngsters and there were only 16 of them. That could explain that they got worn out to the finals.

Manager Astle said to the Official Wolves Site:

I’m really proud of the players. For many of them it’s their first taste of football at this level, and it was a real eye-opener, which hopefully will stand them in good stead for the season ahead. They’ve come away with a medal and some valuable experience.

Paddytheflea gratulates Wolves Women to the medal and wishes them a good season. I will of course follow them here.


WOLVES WOMEN: Alison Spriggs, Kirstie Bavington, Layla Salter, Sarah Williams, Anna Perks (captain), Amber Quick, Abby Pope, Dani Selmes, Nicola Durnall, Sophie Powell, Jade Salisman, Emily Owen, Hayley Packer, Becky Taylor, Tash Tranter, Rebecca Large.

~ by paddytheflea on July 31, 2010.

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