18th Oct, 2019

Blades a cut above as Coventry United Ladies search for first win

Ben Tyler 3rd Oct, 2019

COVENTRY United Ladies remain without a win in the FA Women’s Championship after their latest loss to Sheffield United.

The Red and Greens were dismantled by an efficient Sheffield United side, who ran out 5-1 winners for their fourth victory in succession.

Olivia Fergusson got the rout under way seven minutes into the game with a simple finish from a low ball played across goal, while Katie Wilkinson made it two a couple of minutes later when picking out the bottom corner of the net.

Staring down the barrel after less than ten minutes played, Coventry were back in contention when Rosie Axten drove a 25-yard strike onto the crossbar and over the goal line.

Coventry’s hope of a comeback, however, was dented nine minutes later, when Aimee Palmer scored a show stopper to rival Axten’s strike and restore the Blades’ two-goal cushion.

It was four for the hosts on the stroke of half-time, when Wilkinson claimed her second of the game with a simple finish during a frantic scramble in Coventry’s penalty area.

While Coventry improved in the second half, their efforts were in vain, especially when Maddy Cusack’s 30-yard lob over Sue Wood brought a fifth goal for Sheffield United.

Matters got worse for the visiting side after a head injury to Shannon O’Brien, with post-match tests in hospital revealing the midfielder has sustained a concussion.

Coventry United Ladies host London City on Sunday (2pm).


ELSEWHERE, a late penalty miss denied Coventry United all three points at ten-man Boldmere St Michaels last weekend.

Fortune Maphosa’s low strike past Lewis Fenney in the 32nd minute looked to be enough to secure United a fifth win in the Midland League Premier Division, until Joseph James Lyng levelled with 11 minutes to play.

Boldmere’s Stephen Palmer received a red card on the stroke of half-time to seemingly put Coventry in charge for the second half.

But Boldmere drew level, and United’s frustrations were intensified by Aaron Williams’ penalty miss at the death.

Coventry host Racing Club Warwick on Saturday (noon).

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