Wolves Women through to proper FA Cup after raffle
Wolves Women won against MK Dons Ladies away Sunday to go through to the proper FA Cup, but it was no walk in the park.
The game was played at the huge Stadium MK and it started well for Wolves. The special goalscorer Dani Selmes scored the first in the fifth minute after a corner and a cross from Sarah Williams.
And the second didn’t take too long as the teams captain, Ann Perks, nodded the ball in after another corner.
But the second half saw the Dons Ladies making a comeback when first Kelly Bingham took a shot that went past Nathalie Hall in the Wolves goal and much later when they scored an equaliser in the last minute.
The rules said extra-time and the women played a goalless such, with Wolves having the edge. And it was time to go to penalties to separate the clubs.
Wolves Women had not practised penalties before and there was probably a lot of worried faces in black and gold on the day.
But Selmes and Salter cooled the off by scoring the first two. Dons also scored on their first, but on their second Nathalie Hall made a fantastic save and Wolves could grab the advantage in the shootout.
Veterans Packer and Perks did no mistake and Dons Ladies also scored their following two. One left for Wolves to score to take the victory and move to the FA Cup proper and it was our keeper Nathalie Hall – now on the spot to take the kick – that could take them there.
I’m glad that the Hall sisters are back in the team to give of their skills – especially in moments like the one above. And a faultless shootout without practising penalties tell us that the Wolves Women are ready for the Cup.
Wolves Women: N. Hall, Widdal (Bavington 64), Owen, Perks, Salter, Morris, Large, Quick, Selmes, Pope (Walker 87), Williams (Packer 75). SUB: Whiteman.