23rd Jan, 2018

Striker Maz Gauntlett scores a hat-trick as Coventry United Ladies fire 15 past Crusaders

Steve Carpenter 15th Mar, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

MICHAEL Foy has spoken of his delight after watching his Coventry United Ladies side progress into a sixth consecutive Birmingham County Cup final thanks to a commanding 15-0 win over Crusaders.

Maz Gauntlett scored a first half hat-trick while Crissy Torkildsen, Ali Hall, Libby Piggott, Jade Brook and Amber Hughes bagged a brace as Coventry extended their unbeaten run in the competition to 25 matches.

After making two changes from last week’s victory over Keynsham Town with Crissy Torkildsen and Ali Hall coming into the side, the hosts were ahead after just 42 seconds after Gauntlett rifled home the opener.

Three minutes later Torkildsen marked her return with a goal before scoring a second from close range with ten minutes on the clock.

An unmarked Gauntlett coolly finished into the top corner before she notched her hat-trick from 12 yards out as Ash Neville was judged to be pushed in area.

Anna Wilcox scored with a low strike and Libby Piggott finished the scoring for the opening period by beating Claudia Nbanga with a lovely strike into the far corner.

Hughes and Hall netted before the hour mark and Jade Brook scored with two quick crisp finishes, while Libby Piggott and Hughes completed their braces in between Ash Neville’s strike, and Hall smashed home the 15th and final goal late on.

“I have to congratulate my players and I’m happy for them after the non- stop performance they put in.” said manager Foy.

“Very proud of what the club has achieved so far this season, and especially the last seven days which have resulted in the club reaching a national and local final.”

“The players have stuck to the club’s philosophy and now they have the opportunity to win the silverware that they deserve.”

Coventry United beat Sporting Albion in the 2014/15 Birmingham County FA Women’s Cup final for their last piece of silverware, and the two Midland sides will now meet again in this year’s final.

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