Stockport County Ladies U18s beat Crewe Alexandra Women U18s in 8 goal thriller to seal cup progression
Stockport County Ladies U18s ran out 5-3 against Crewe Alexandra in the Youth Division Champions League thanks to a hattrick from Lucy Unwin.
Stockport got off to the worst possible start with Crewe opening the scoring in just the second minute. A through ball from Aaliyaah Campbell, Crewe’s best player on the day, put Emilia Edward through on goal and she made no mistake with the finish, slotting it past Grace O’Shaughnessy.
Stockport came close to levelling the score on a couple of occasions before Unwin fired in her first of the day in the 29th minute. Abbie Wright had failed to convert a couple of one-on-one chances but Stockport were starting to get a foothold in the game. Stockport’s increasing pressure told as Crewe failed to clear their lines and Lily Lloyd, on as a substitute, played in Unwin who managed to squeeze her shot through the keeper’s body and in to get Stockport back in the game.
Unwin then scored again in the 41st with a placed finish but Crewe scored again as Stockport failed to maintain their lead before half time. Edward this time turned provider, setting up her forward partner Casey Beamon to send the teams in 2-2 at the break.
Unwin scored her third of the game soon after the start of the second half, finding the bottom corner with another good finish. Stockport were much improved defensively in the second half and were well led by their captain and centre back Megan Price. After such a high scoring first half there was a slight lull in the game before another flurry of goals in the last quarter.
Emilia Edward got her second goal of the game to bring Crewe level for the second time in the game but Stockport soon regained their lead. Lucy Unwin scored a great goal from outside the box to put Stockport ahead, making it 4-3 just minutes after Crewe had equalised.
Abbie Wright then sealed the win with a penalty in the 78th minute. The penalty was given for a push in the back as Crewe defended a Stockport cross. Wright made no mistake with the penalty and duly converted past Tia Lockett in the Crewe goal to send Stockport through to the next round.
Stockport U18s next game is away to Chester FC U18 Ladies Youth on the 26th of January.
SCLFC vs Bolton 1/12/19
A first half double from Chloe Mapp helped Stockport County Ladies seal a 4-1 win over Bolton Wanderers Ladies in the Women’s National League Division One North at a chilly Stockport Sports Village.
Further goals from Sophie John and Imogen Porteous-Williams ensured victory after Bolton had looked like threatening a comeback.
Stockport looked as though they might run away with it in the first half following a strong start. A through ball from John played in last season’s top scorer Mapp, who finished with aplomb to open the scoring in the 11th minute.
Stockport continued their strong start and great footwork from Ellise Newby allowed her to put Mapp through on goal, with Mapp making no mistake with the finish. It was a nervy end to the half however as Bolton pulled a goal back in the 43rd minute. A cross into the box followed some good play on Bolton’s right wing and Shaunna Jein punished Stockport’s failure to clear the ball, pulling a goal back to halve Stockport’s lead.
Jessica Linford pulled off a fine save from Bolton’s Nicole Johnston in the 62nd minute to preserve Stockport’s lead and keep the score at 2-1. Porteous-Williams floated in a corner that allowed John to climb the highest and steer the ball into the back of the net.
Porteous-Williams never stopped running and deep into the second half got the goal her game deserved. Her shot cannoned off the underside of the bar and into the back of the net in the 89th minute to make it 4-1, putting an end to any hopes Bolton may have had of a comeback.
After the game Stockport manager Ronnie Green felt as though his side “proved their quality” but that they would be “back to square one” if they did not back up their performance with another strong showing against Newcastle in their next game
Victory takes Stockport up to 8th in the league, two points behind Bolton in 6th.
Weather put paid to the Development and U16s games and our U10s and U11s had no scheduled matches. Our U14s were the only one of our other teams to win this weekend, coming back from 1-0 down to win 1-2 away at Altrincham.
Wildcats are on Wednesday for girls age 5-11, 6pm at SSV, Woodley, just £2.
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