Hull City Ladies secured their first league win of the season today with a clinical five goal performance against Fylde Ladies.
The Tigresses started the game on the front foot and the new look front line worked an opening after just three minutes. Hope Knight was put through on goal but her shot was met with a fine save from the Fylde keeper. That was a sign of things to come though. This time Knight turned provider as she set Captain Jo Symington free down the left. She got to the edge of the box before firing a shot into the bottom corner giving the keeper no chance and giving the Tigresses a 1-0 lead.
That was just the start the Tigresses needed and they kept their foot on the gas. Fylde did have a sniff at the other end though after ten minutes when Amy Halloran couldn’t clear first time. The ball ended up in the back of the net but the ref adjudged that Halloran was fouled.
That was just a blip for the Tigresses as they continued to look dangerous going forward. Emily Smith doubled the lead after 25 minutes when she met a ball across the box with a stunning volley that found the top corner. A superb effort to make it 2-0 to the Tigresses. City have been guilty of not putting their chances away in previous games this season but after getting two early goals today they had their tails up.
Harley Skinner was causing problems again on the left and she saw a shot go over the bar. Knight then had a half volley saved by the keeper before Symington scewed a shot just wide, that was all within the space of a few minutes. In the 33rd minute the Tigresses made their dominance of the first half really count. Skinner found Symington who cut into the box and hit a powerful shot that the keeper could only parry. The rebound fell to Misty Russell who found the back of the net to make it 3-0.
The half was marred slightly by a head injury for Meg Render who was replaced by Ellice Jackman but overall the Tigresses were fantastic and thoroughly deserved their comfortable half time lead.
HT Hull City Ladies 3-0 Fylde Ladies
Understandably it looked like Fylde were given a roasting at half time and they came out fired up for the second half. They got back into the game thanks to a goal from experienced striker Nikki Berko. She received the ball in the box and shot across Halloran in the City goal to make it 3-1
Fylde were suddenly looking dangerous and almost made it 3-2 in the 62nd minute but Halloran was on hand to deny Sophie Charlton with a point blank save. Just when things were starting to look nervy City went up the other end and scored. Emily Smith bagged a brace by smashing a shot from the edge of the box that hit the keeper, who didn’t know much about it, and went in. That made it 4-1 and gave the Tigresses breathing space.
Fylde didn’t give in though and in the 71st minute they won a penalty as Danielle Young was brought down in the box. Jenna Carroll buried to make it 4-2. Surely Fylde couldn’t get a draw out of the game? City had to dig in and stay positive and that’s exactly what they did. Amy Kay barked out orders from the back and Westmorland and Tanser in midfield got the team moving forward again. The Tigresses weren’t going to let this great performance slip away and sure enough they grabbed a fifth goal late on.
Symington floated a free kick into the box, Jackman headed it on and the keeper got caught in no man’s land. The ball fell to Ellie Tanser who made no mistake from close range, finding the back of the net to make it 5-2. The Tigresses coasted through the final ten minutes to secure their first ever league win at this level.
FT Hull City Ladies 5-2 Fylde Ladies FC
In earlier games this season the Tigresses have been guilty of not taking their chances, that couldn’t have been further from the truth today. They were clinical from the off and scored five quality goals. That is a massive boost for the Tigresses who now hit the road for three consecutive away games at Nottingham Forest, Huddersfield and Doncaster Belles.
In the attacking third they looked dangerous all game. Emily Smith had her best game since her return to the club, Misty Russell looked at home in the midfield and Hope Knight caused Fylde’s defence problems throughout.
Our player of the Match today was Jo Symington she kicked off the goals with a brilliant solo effort and she got several attacking moves started as she was tireless bombing up and down the left wing. She remained composed at the back and led from the front. Well played Jo!
It was great to see Nigel Adkins in attendance once again to show his support for the Ladies team.
We spoke to a delighted Rachel Gay after the game and you can watch the video below,