17th Oct, 2017

Coventry City Ladies on target to defend County Cup crown

Coventry Editorial 17th Feb, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

FOUR goals from Helen Dermody helped Coventry City Ladies ease to a 10-0 win over Crusaders to progress into the quarter-final of the Birmingham Country FA Women’s Cup.

A second half hat-trick from midfielder Dermody added to her first half strike and a brace from both Jade Formaston and Ash Neville as well as goals from Maz Gauntlet and Amber Hughes earned Craig Nicholls’ side their second highest win of the season.

“It feels good to get into the semi finals.” said Nicholls, whose side have won the County Cup for the past three seasons.

“It was a much better second half than the first. We played a much higher tempo and created plenty of chances.

“We’ve had two tough games lately and we have a few niggles through side, plus missing two players who are cup tied or suspended.

“I have to praise Crusaders for working hard and defending well. The first half was a wake up call for all which is sometimes needed.”

Despite creating several noticeable opportunities early on the Sky Blues had to wait until the 38th minutes before they found a breakthrough at the Bedworth Oval when two goals arrived in less than a minutes.

Midfielder Formaston opened the scoring with a low shot from the edge of the area and moments later Dermody kept her cool to beat the advancing goalkeeper to make it 2-0 at half-time.

The hosts went on to score eight more in what was a superb second half half showing which began with Formaston bagging her brace five minutes after the break.

In the 53rd minute Dermody added a fourth with a well take free kick and shortly after the hour mark Gauntlett slotted home a penalty following a handball infringement.

Two minutes later and it was six when Neville got on the scoresheet and with 20 minutes remaining a seventh goal came courtesy of Neville again.

Hughes came on as a sub on 72 minutes and quickly found the back of the net before Dermody completed her hat-trick.

And it was fitting that she rounded of the scoring in the final minute with a powerful 20-yard shot.

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