17th Oct, 2017

Amber Hughes scores a hat-trick as Coventry United Ladies hit seven past Keynsham

Steve Carpenter 9th Mar, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

AMBER Hughes scored a hat-trick as Coventry United Ladies recorded a 7-0 win at Keynsham Town to book a place in the Women’s Premier League Plate final.

Fellow striker Maz Gauntlett bagged a brace and Ashleigh Neville got in on the act too as Coventry recorded a comfortable win on the road and recorded another clean sheet in Keynsham on Sunday.

Much of the play was contested in Keynsham’s half and the game was effectively over when United scored three goals in 20 first-half minutes.

The first came when Neville stabbed home from close range and the hosts had little time to regroup from that setback as United added a second minutes later through Gauntlett who beat Colette Bell with a sublime free-kick.

The goals continued to come as United tore apart a fragile Keynsham with embarrassing ease. A touch of class resulted in third as Hughes twisted and turned her defender before firing low past Bell.

A fourth quickly followed after the break and it was a moment of real quality. Neville clipped the ball through the Keynsham defence for Gauntlett, who was allowed to continue and fire home her second.

Coventry added a fifth when Hughes tapped home from close range and a sixth arrived with less than 20 minutes remaining.

The ball fell kindly for Hughes who smashed the ball goal-bound only to see the end result take a massive deflection into the net from the middle of the area.

There was still time for Hughes to take home the match ball when she swept a low ball beyond the outstretched arm of Bell.

This Sunday Coventry United Ladies host West Midlands Regional Premier Division outfit Crusaders at The Oval in the semi-final of the Birmingham County FA Women’s Cup.

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