Wolves Women: Lost out in Cup on Extra Time
The difficult Cup game against Coventry Ladies that I told you about in my last masterpiece is now played, and I’m afraid it ended with Wolves losing out. But it was a very hard fought game and Coventry did get nothing for free – or maybe that’s what they did, but not from the Wolves team.
Wolves Women found themselves two goals down against the one league higher up team after fifty minutes, but managed to fight their way back into the game.
The City Ladies controlled the game from start, but Wolves managed to create a pair of chances from Quick and Pope in the early stages of the game.
But Coventry bombarded Wolves with shots at goal and finally the team had to cave in when Formaston curled the ball into the top corner from long range, without a chance for Natalie Hall in the Wolves goal.
The goal actually signalled to Wolves to up their game and they started to play a better passing game for the remaining quarter of an hour of the half.
In the second half Coventry City Ladies continued to dominate, though, and after just five minutes they got a penalty after Bavington allegedly handled the ball in the area. The Wolves side did not see any hand touching a ball, but the referee pointed at the spot and Torkildson made now mistake.
Two down, but now Wolves Women started to play. Just a few minutes later Dani Selmes started a counter attack and laid the ball off to Pope on the right who cut inside her defender and curled a lovely 20 yard effort over the keeper and into the net.
Wolves had the edge now and started to press Coventry with a couple of corners and set pieces and Pope tried her number from the right again, but the keeper managed to tip it over this time.
With a quarter of an hour left a Coventry Lady handled the ball in the area, but the referee waved to play on this time, which didn’t seem to be a fair decision from a Wolves management and player view.
Five minutes later Selmes was one-on-one with the keeper, but didn’t score and Coventry also had a great chance, but Hall made a brilliant save to keep Wolves in the game.
But Wolves was the better team in this part of the game and continued pressing on. In the third minute of added time Wolves got themselves a double corner and on the second Pope managed to get the ball into the box for Rebecca Large to score in a goal scramble and Wolves had leveled.
In extra time Quick had a great chance that struck the crossbar followed by Coventry counter attacking and Evans managed to strike the ball into the Wolves net from short range.
So that was the disappointing ending of a very well played match for the Wolves Women.
Manager James Astle said to the Official Wolves site:
“I thought we were unbelievable second half, the girls really went out there to win it and fought bravely. Coventry are a good side, having been promoted last season from our league and our girls were equal to them. All in all, over 120 minutes we were beaten by a wonder strike and a contested penalty.”
Wolves Women: N. Hall, Bavington (Williams), Perks, Salter, Owen (Coley), Packer, Morris, Quick, Pope, Large (Walker), Selmes.