Ladies storm through to semi-finals
SANDBACH UNITED LADIES 4
MANCHESTER ROVERS 1
On Sunday, Sandbach United Ladies faced Manchester Rovers, the ladies comfortably winning 4-1 to progress to the next round of the competition.
Manager Stephen Wright said: “We were the better footballing team right from the whistle and we played some really great football today.
“In fact, I think we were very unlucky to have not scored more.”
Sandbach dominated the game straight away and within the opening minutes, leading goal scorer, Courtney Beeston managed to comfortably place the ball in the back of the net after winger Issy Yates slotted her through on goal.
Sandbach continued to play the ball around well and were rewarded with a second goal in the 16th minute when centre-back Lucy Wright saw a gap through the middle and played the ball along the ground to striker Shannon Moores who fired home.
Sandbach continued to press and were incredibly unluckily to have not scored more.
Shannon Moores and Courtney Beeston constantly pressed the Rovers’ defence while Sandbach’s back line was incredibly solid and did not give the Manchester team any chances on goal.
There was also some fantastic link up play between Rochelle Ramroop on the left side and Issy Yates on the right, both putting fantastic balls into the Rovers box for the strikers to connect with.
Rovers seemed to become increasingly frustrated within the first half as Sandbach continued to create plenty of chances on goal right until the half-time whistle.
A substitution was made at half-time - Olivia Lovatt replaced left back Leah Berry and Beeston switched positions with Ramroop as she was pushed up to the top.
In the second half, Sandbach were rewarded once again inside the 60th minute when Ramroop saw a clear opening on the edge of the area and fired fantastically over the Rovers keeper and into the back of the net. A brilliant goal.
With 15 minutes left on the clock Ellie Buglass replaced Issy Yates.
Beeston was switched onto the right side of play with Buglass on the left. It did not take Buglass long to make an impact on the field when she slotted in Ramroop inside the 80th minute and she skilfully managed to chip the keeper and the ball comfortably bounced into the back of the net.
However, although Sandbach had dominated the whole match for around 85 minutes, the last five saw Rovers secure a goal after a poor clearance from a Sandbach short goal-kick.
Despite this, Sandbach had completely controlled the game and truly showed what the team was all about, passing fantastically as a unit.
Wright said: “Today was a great squad performance from everybody. Lucy Wright did well slipping into centre back with Zeta McCormack and Katie Smith was great at keeping their captain in her pocket.
“Our midfielders and strikers did so well linking up between each other and creating endless chances on goal.
“A good day at the office all round.”
The team is now into the semi-finals of the competition and awaiting confirmation of the opponents.