Match 2. Leeds Ladies' magnificent 7

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Match 2. Leeds Ladies' magnificent 7

Postby Another Northern Soul » 12 Sep 2016, 19:19

Seventh heaven for Leeds vs Mossley Hill

The first home game of the season for Leeds Ladies and one the team had been relishing. To add to the anticipation the sunshine was strong and the home support (137 of them) in good voice with a contingent of visiting Norwegians from the Supporters’ Club along with the Phoenix Faithful who were, as always, prominent visually and audibly!

With the first half underway, both teams struggled to settle or dominate possession. The first break fell to Mossley Hill but it was weak and easily collected by Lauryn Colman in goal. Play continued in the same vein for the first 15 minutes until the deadlock was at last broken. A long ball from Cath Hamill reached Caz Omboyi just beyond the half way line. She dribbled the ball forward and past several Mossley defenders and then unleashed a fierce shot from the right hand corner which fizzed the back of the net. Leeds Ladies 1 Mossley Hill 0.

Mossley Hill attempted an immediate reply, bringing good saves from Colman in nets by parrying a firm shot to her left and then, back on her feet, blocking the rebound. Mossley’s chances were fairly restricted while Leeds looked dangerous with every break, Caz Omboyi in particular. However, they were caught out with a Mossley Hill break which penetrated the defence and on to beat the ‘keeper. Leeds Ladies 1 Mossley Hill 1.

The visitors were buoyed by the equalizer and were now getting forward and breaking with increased confidence. Leeds strove to take command of the game but Mossley were for the time being leading the game’s tempo. Leeds though were not lacking in ideas or ambition, Harriet Jakeman and Jodie Hunter combining effectively to try and take back control. A good passing move saw Megan Maxted sweep a cross-field ball to Jakeman who immediately knocked it forward to Hunter. Hunter fed to Simona Petkova in the centre who shaped to shoot and, uncharacteristically, missed the ball! This was indicative of how this first half was shaping up, the magic seemed to be eluding them. Mossley Hill were also finding scant comfort in the game and with the exception of a long range shot were not really producing anything noteworthy. And then Leeds were awarded a free-kick and perfect cue for Jodie Hunter. She didn’t disappoint but her fabulous strike slammed the crossbar. The referee signalled half time. Although the game was far from a poor one, Leeds needed to improve after the break.

Thankfully the second half was a different story, probably thanks to wise and motivational words in the dressing room during the interval. A long range shot from the captain early on which was saved the second time of asking by the Mossley keeper demonstrated Leeds’ intent to seize control and not let go. Possession football was the key, together with advancing at every opportunity. One such surge forward saw Omboyi intercept and run with the ball into the penalty area. It looked like she had run the ball too far, leaving her with an improbable angle in which to shoot on target. This she somehow did, managing to beat the Mossley ‘keeper as well. Leeds had retaken the lead.

Leeds Ladies 2 Mossley Hill 1.

Leeds continued to expand and were becoming dominant. Simona Petkova was regularly finding space and the goal within her sights while Cath Hamill commanded the back line, directing her team forward. Jas Saxton continued to look sprightly and Carly Hoyle stood solid at the back. The full eleven seemed to improve, this looked a different team from the first half display. Soon they were on the score sheet again, Omboyi assisting, holding the ball up, retaining possession in the corner and then delightfully turning the defender to pass into the centre for Jodie Hunter to fire home with precision. Leeds Ladies 3 Mossley Hill 1.

Substitution – Jasmine Saxton making way for Veatriki Sarri to make her debut.

Again Leeds pressed forward, Hannah Poulter and Arianne Parnham giving the team the width which had been lacking in the first half. Parnham, brought on at half time for Harriet Jakeman, ran the ball down the right wing and struck a cross/shot which looped and curled into the net. They all count, Leeds Ladies 4 Mossley Hill 1

The vast majority of play was in the Mossley half with Caz looking for her hat-trick and Jodie Hunter trying distance shots. Simona Petkova was putting some great crosses into the box, one effort just eluding the heads of both Veatriki Sarri and Caz Omboyi.

Veatriki was looking to make a mark on the game and she did so in style, crossing a superb ball into the box for Omboyi to complete her perfect hat-trick with a deft header into the back of the net. Leeds Ladies 5 Mossley Hill 1.

And still Leeds piled forward with Arianne Parnham just unable to get on the end of another Veatriki cross. Another great run from Parnham down the right saw the ball swung in for Simona Petlova to connect sweetly enough, the ball looping beautifully and dropping in to the net.

Leeds Ladies 6 Mossley Hill 1

A lapse in concentration allowed Mossley Hill to breach the Leeds defence and earn a corner-kick. This resulted in a weak effort from Mossley and a goal-kick for the hosts. The goal kick sent Leeds away on the break once more, Petkova placing a ball through to Omboyi who raced into the box before pulling the return pass back to Simona who struck and scored.

Leeds Ladies 7 Mossley Hill 1.

Leeds were not finished with trying to get forward with Petkova almost dancing through the Mossley defence and Arianne Parnham continuing to plant ammunition into the box. The Leeds faithful however were denied an eighth goal by the referee’s full-time whistle.

A game of two halves indeed. Whatever head coach Lewis said at half time spurred the ladies on to a performance which was not far from perfection. The team showed phenomenal spirit to turn around a game in which they needed to find that bit extra, something special. And they did so in abundance. Although this was a great team performance, player of the game had to go to Caz Omboyi for an outstanding hat trick, left foot, right foot then a header. The team now look forward to Wednesday night when they play hosts to Hull. MOT!

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Re: Match 2. Leeds Ladies' magnificent 7

Postby Selby White » 13 Sep 2016, 06:53

Great start to the season :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Match 2. Leeds Ladies' magnificent 7

Postby Another Northern Soul » 13 Sep 2016, 07:36

Yes, I've yet to see them - home game v Hull tomorrow night - but am enjoying reading and posting the match reports. I daren't ask the result but apparently they got hammered in a friendly against Prem League Liverpool's reserve side so this 'proper' match is a great way to come back.

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