THE VISIT to Sheffield LFC was expected to be a close affair for Coventry City Ladies on the opening day of the season. wit both sides having won their respective divisions last season.
But it was the home side who managed to take all three points thanks to a comfortable 2-0 win as the Sky Blues started the 2014/15 campaign in defeat.
After a fairly even opening period it was Sheffield who grabbed the lead on nine minutes when a perfectly weighted ball by Abbie McIver set Suzanne Davies free in the area and she finished from a tight angle via the post.
The goal sparked a response from the visitors but they were unable to find a breakthrough before half-time despite Callan Barber and Jade Formaston testing Claire Wallhead in the Sheffield goal.
The Sky Blues picked up where they left off after the break with Dermody firing an effort from long range which was again saved by Wallhead and defender Destiny Toussaint had an effort cleared off the line.
But it was the hosts who were able to double their advantage with 20 minutes remaining.
Jodie Michalska flicked the ball over a defender’s head before bending a superb finish into the far corner past a helpless Susan Wood.
The game petered out from that moment and very little chances were created from either side as the Sky Blues tasted defeat in their opening game of the season.
“Obviously it a disappointing result as on another day we may have got something from it.” said manager, Craig Nicholls.
“We just seemed to lack the cutting edge today and we have plenty to work on prior to next weekend.”
“We have had a difficult pre-season due to postponements of games and so on, maybe we aren’t at our sharpest just yet but we will train in the week and work ready for next week.”
Sky Blues skipper, Natasha Lynch, echoed the words of her manager but said there are positives to take from the defeat.
She added: “We can be optimistic though of course, we created many chances in that game, we just need to be that little bit more clinical.”