A FIRST win in 2015 saw Coventry City Ladies progress in the Women’s FA Cup thanks to a comfortable 3-1 home victory over Leeds United Ladies.
The Yorkshire side travelled to Sphinx Drive on Sunday looking to cause an upset but Sky Blues were focused fully on progressing through to the Third Round of the competition.
The hosts went ahead after just three minutes through Amber Hughes who, after being played through on goal by Destiney Toussaint, out-muscled her marker before finishing low into the bottom corner of the net.
Samantha Quayle fired into the side netting on 17 minutes before Hughes bagged her second of the match five minutes before the break to give the Sky Blues a two-goal cushion at the mid-way point.
Leeds managed to claw a goal back against the run of play on 65 minutes after a dangerous delivery from a set piece allowed striker Carey Huegett to nod home and give the visitors a lifeline.
But it was the Sky Blues who created the better opportunities and the victory was wrapped up deep into added on time when Hughes completed her hat-trick after beating the goalkeeper with a shot from a tight angle.
“Overall I am very pleased with the performance.” said Sky Blues assistant manager Joe Robinson, who was in charge for the game.
“We started the game really well and we were rewarded with a well worked early goal. From then on we were a constant threat to the Leeds goal but struggled to make our chances count.
“This placed some pressure on the whole team but we showed real character to grind out the result against a persistent Leeds side who never gave up. The main thing is we’re in the hat for the next round and we keep our positive momentum going.”