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Chelsea catch leaders  
 Women's Football News 28 Jul 2014
 
Chelsea 2 (Ogimi 13, Aluko 53) Bristol Academy 1 (Watts 85)
Chelsea went level on points with WSL 1 leaders Birmingham City after a goal in each half gave them victory over Bristol Academy, who went down to their third straight defeat in matches played. 
 
Goals from Yuki Ogimi and Eniola Aluko were enough to give the Blues victory and for a host of missed opportunities, the scoreline could have been a lot more convincing.
 
After an open and entertaining opening period, Yuki Ogimi opened the scoring after 13 minutes, latching onto an Ana Borges cross.
 
Chelsea should have gone into half time with a comfortable cushion with Eniola Aluko, Ji So-Yun, Rachel Williams and Borges all unable to convert good chances.
 
Drew Spence was a powerhouse in the centre of the park, denying Bristol many attacking opportunities with a series of strong, well timed tackles.
 
Academy's best chances both fell to Natasha Harding who first whipped a fierce shot across the face of goal before being denied by Marie Hourihan's fingertips on the brink of half time.
 
The second goal for Chelsea finally arrived on 53 minutes when Mary Earps could not get enough behind a powerful cross-goal shot from Aluko.
 
Ji So-Yun was denied multiple opportunities to score, twice shooting wide from good positions and also being foiled by some fine goalkeeping from Earps.
 
Williams, Aluko and Spence all went close to extending the Blues' lead and with a couple of minutes left, it looked like they might rue the squandered chances when Nikki Watts pulled one back for Bristol after catching Hourihan off her line.
 
However, neither team could add to the score making it a fourth successive league win for Chelsea. 
 
Chelsea: Marie Hourihan, Anne Meiwald, Laura Bassett, Katie Chapman, Gilly Flaherty, Drew Spence (sub Laura Coombs 70mins), Yuki Ogimi (sub Jackie Groenen 78mins), Rachel Williams, Eniola Aluko, Ji So-Yun, Ana Borges (sub Danielle Buet 82mins). Subs not used: Cristiane Endler, Emma Wilhelmsson, Rosella Ayane, Jenna Dear.

Bristol Academy: Mary Earps, Grace McCatty (sub Rhian Cleverly 90mins), Corinne Yorston, Jaz Matthews, Frankie Brown (sub Gabriella Bird 67mins), Sophie Ingle, Loren Dykes, Angharad James, Natasha Harding, Nikki Watts, Georgia Evans (sub Natalia Pablos Sanchon 45mins). Subs not used: Alice Evans, Cristina Vega Leandro, Alex Windell.

(Report by www.fawsl.com)


 
 

Women's Soccer Scene
Liverpool go down to Krystle strike  
 Women's Football News 28 Jul 2014
 
Manchester City 1 (Johnston 17) Liverpool 0
Manchester City got back to winning ways with a hard fought victory over reigning Champions Liverpool in the Manchester sunshine. 
 
A first half strike from Krystle Johnston proved enough to secure the win, and ensure the Blues move up to fourth in the table, level on points with the Merseyside outfit with five league games remaining.
 
The Blues had already faced off against the Reds twice this season, with honours level at kick off - Liverpool triumphed in the opening league game of the season, but City had revenge in the Continental Cup, when a spectacular goal from centre back Abbie McManus settled the game in the Blues' favour.
 
Eyeing a second consecutive win over the Merseysiders, Cushing made just one change from the starting XI that was so unlucky to leave West London empty handed. Emma Kete replaced youngster Natasha Flint, who was away on England duty, while captain Steph Houghton retained her place in the heart of defence after recovering from a head injury sustained at Chelsea.
 
City began brightly and Isobel Christiansen forced the first save of the afternoon within 60 seconds with a lofted shot that was gathered by Libby Stout.
 
However, the frenetic start cooled and there was little in the way of clear cut chances for either side in the opening stages, although the Blues enjoyed the vast majority of the possession and sought to build slowly rather than gift the ball back to the visitors.
 
It took 17 minutes for City to make that dominance count, when Johnston's strike took a wicked deflection on its way through a crowded box and looped into the roof of the net to the delight of the many Blue shirts in the crowd.
 
There may have a stroke of good fortune involved in the goal, but it was thoroughly deserved on the balance of first half play, as a disciplined City defence reduced their opponents to long range punts and apart from one shot blocked by Kathleen Radtke, Karen Bardsley was hardly troubled.
 
Meanwhile, at the other end, scorer Johnston was fortified by her early success and was close to doubling hers and City's tally on a number of occasions as half time approached. The Bury-born forward curled one effort into Stout's arms, and then fired over the bar shortly afterwards. However, it was almost third time lucky for Johnston when her fine lob required a fantastic save from Stout to tip the ball round the post.
 
As it was, the break arrived with City still holding on to their narrow lead, but they continued to fashion the best of a limited selection of chances after the restart.
 
Toni Duggan shot over the bar after being played in by Jill Scott, while Johnston's effort was tame after a good cross from Christiansen.
 
While chances to extend the lead may have been few and far between, City controlled the tempo of the game for the majority of the second half, and showed their professionalism in attempting to see out the match.
 
Liverpool rarely looked like scoring until the latter stages when, bolstered by a vocal away following, they began to pile the pressure on Bardsley's goal, but City remained resolute in defence and threw their bodies in front of the ball desperate to preserve the clean sheet.
 
Three Liverpool players had shots blocked as 90 minutes came up on the clock, while a mad scramble in stoppage time may have caused a few City hearts to leap into mouths, but Bardsley used all her experience to fall on the ball and kill the danger.
 
Manchester City: Karen Bardsley, Abbie McManus, Emma Lipman, Betsy Hassett, Kathleen Radtke, Steph Houghton, Krystle Johnston, Jill Scott, Toni Duggan, Emma Kete (sub Danielle Young 67mins), Isobel Christiansen.

Liverpool: Libby Stout, Lucy Bronze, Corina Schroder, Fara Williams, Gemma Bonner, Nina Pedersen, Amanda Da Costa, Katrin Omarsdottir, Natasha Dowie, Gemma Davison, Kate Longhurst (sub Becky Easton 73mins).

(Report by www.fawsl.com)


 
 

Women's Soccer Scene
Fiona pegs back Gunners  
 Women's Football News 28 Jul 2014
 
Arsenal 1 (Stoney pen 9) Notts County (O'Sullivan 88)
Notts County claimed a point at Arsenal after a late Fiona O'Sullivan strike levelled the scores and earned them a share of the spoils. 
 
The Gunners got off to the best possible start as Amy Turner was deemed to have tugged back Danielle Carter in the area and a penalty was awarded. Casey Stoney stepped up and sent Carly Telford the wrong way from the spot to open the scoring for the hosts.
 
The Lady Pies reacted well to going behind, Dunia Susi breaking into the box and stabbing a shot towards goal, Emma Byrne getting down smartly to save and goalscorer Stoney was on hand to clear.
 
Arsenal were good value for their early lead, with inventive duo Jordan Nobbs and Turid Knaak pulling the strings in midfield. In the 32nd minute, Nobbs' clever reverse pass set free Alex Scott but the Arsenal skipper shot tamely at Telford. Two minutes later, Stoney came close to scoring her second when she glanced over from Rachel Yankey's corner.
 
Rachel Corsie needed to be alert down the other end as the game approached half time, Shinobu Ohno broke free in the middle of the park and ran into the box only to be halted by a superb sliding challenge from Corsie.
 
The visitors were quicker out the blocks after the restart and almost levelled when Caitlin Friend beat Emma Mitchell to the ball but Stoney made a superb covering tackle to spare her team-mate's blushes. County continued to pile on the pressure with Desiree Scott blazing over and O'Sullivan seeing a low header saved by Emma Byrne.
 
On 65 minutes, Ohno sprung clear down the right hand side but couldn't find Carter with her cross and the ball fell to Nobbs 20 yards out but the England midfielder volleyed harmlessly wide.
 
Arsenal should have sealed the three points with fifteen minutes remaining. Substitute Freda Ayisi showed superb hold up play before setting free Nobbs. The midfielder composed herself but fired wide of the target.
 
Rick Passmoor's side threw players forward in search of an equaliser in the last five minutes and they found one when Arsenal failed to clear a long ball and O'Sullivan's snap volley flew past Byrne into the bottom corner.
 
Arsenal: Emma Byrne, Alex Scott, Emma Mitchell, Yukari Kinga, Casey Stoney, Niamh Fahey, Turid Knaak (sub Freda Ayisi 72mins), Jordan Nobbs, Danielle Carter, Shinobu Ohno (sub Kelly Smith 90mins), Rachel Yankey. Subs not used: Christie Murray, Caroline Weir, Vyan Sampson, Taome Oliver. 
 
Notts County: Carly Telford, Caitlin Friend (sub Rachel Unitt 85mins), Amy Turner, Katie Hoyle, Danielle Brogan (sub Aileen Whelan 68mins), Rachel Corsie, Jess Clarke, Sophie Walton, Fiona O'Sullivan, Dunia Susi (sub Emily Roberts 16mins), Desiree Scott. Subs not used: Jules Draycott, Laura-Jane O'Neill.

(Report by www.arsenal.com)


 
 

Women's Soccer Scene
Yeovil tame Lionesses  
 Women's Football News 28 Jul 2014
 
Yeovil Town 2 (Cousins 18, Bleazard 71) Millwall Lionesses 0
A goal in each half saw Yeovil Town leapfrog Millwall Lionesses in the WSL 2 table with a deserved victory at Sherborne. 
 
The Glovers gave a debut to recent signing Sarah Wiltshire but it was her Welsh international team mates Nicola Cousins and Helen Bleazard who scored the goals on the day. Millwall also paraded a debutant in defender Jade Dempster and went close on occasions but could not find a way through the Yeovil defence.
 
The game started quietly as the two sides adapted to a hard, dry pitch with Katie Cook having a shot saved by Sarah Quantrill and at the other end, Leeta Rutherford was just off target with a shot on the turn.
 
It was a set piece that led to Yeovil taking the lead on the eighteen minute mark. Bleazard's free kick into the area caught the Millwall defence flat footed and an unmarked Cousins showed good composure to control and slot the ball past Quantrill from close range.
 
Wiltshire was in lively form for Yeovil on the left, cutting in and firing a shot which was saved by Quantrill, then her pass out to the right found Ellie Curson who got past Frankie Strugnell before her angled shot looked destined for the far corner but Quantrill pulled off a fine diving save.
 
Wiltshire then had a great chance to double Yeovil's lead when she seized on a defensive error and raced through on goal but she shot wide with only Quantrill to beat. Cousins also went close to a second as she bundled the ball just past the post from a Bleazard corner.
 
Millwall were having plenty of possession but found themselves frustrated as they could not find the right ball to pierce the Yeovil defence, their best effort coming through a Lily Agg strike which was saved by Beth Howard.
 
The pattern of the game continued after the break with the better of the chances going Yeovil's way. Natalie Haigh threaded an excellent through ball into the path of Wiltshire whose shot was tipped over the bar by Quantrill.
 
Most of Millwall's best moments were coming from Agg and the midfielder was unlucky not to level the scores as she cleverly tricked her way past Bleazard before unleashing a shot which dipped inches over the bar.
 
Yeovil hit back with Wiltshire picking the ball up and running at the Millwall defence, dribbling past two defenders on her way through but she again shot wide with Quantrill to beat.
 
Millwall began to press forward for an equaliser and the impressive Agg once more went close with a strike from a similar range which looked destined for the back of the net but Howard made an excellent one-handed save to turn the ball over the bar.
 
However as Millwall began to threaten, Yeovil came up a response to take a firm grip on the game. Wiltshire was brought down on the edge of the area and Bleazard duly planted a well struck shot over the Millwall wall and beyond the diving Quantrill to put her side two goals ahead.
 
A good flowing move saw Wiltshire and Bleazard set up Jade Radburn-Lorton whose shot was blocked and Curson had a goal disallowed for a push on Strugnell.
 
Millwall tried hard to get back into the game but it was not their day and Yeovil closed the game out for a win which takes them into the top half of the table. 
 
Yeovil Town: Beth Howard, Nicola Cousins, Jade Kirby, Helen Bleazard, Rachael Edwards, Natalie Haigh, Ellie Curson (sub Paige Stewart 84mins), Jade Radburn-Lorton, Katie Cook (sub Laura Bray 88mins), Sarah Wiltshire, Stacey Pearson (sub Katie Sherwood 82mins). Subs not used: Kirsty Whitton, Jemma Tewkesbury, Shauna Cossens, Emma Brazell.

Millwall Lionesses: Sarah Quantrill, Naomi Cole, Frankie Strugnell, Leeta Rutherford, Kylie Davies, Jade Dempster (sub Chantelle Mackie 53mins), Lillie Fenlon-Billson, Lily Agg, Kim Stenning (sub Cherrelle Albert 71mins), Snezana Maresevic (sub Stevie Lamb 62mins), Sophie Perry. Subs not used: Lottie Tuison, Lilly Maple.

Photos:

(top) Naomi Cole clears the ball away from Sarah Wiltshire
(middle) Kylie Davies is closed down by Katie Cook
(bottom) Lily Agg plays a pass under pressure from Jade Radburn-Lorton


 
 

Women's Soccer Scene
Watford up to fourth  
 Women's Football News 28 Jul 2014
 
Oxford Utd 1 (Low 53) Watford 2 (Donnelly 16, Wilson 45)
Oxford United went down to a home defeat by Watford after a poor first half in which they conceded twice. 
 
Laura Low pulled a goal back in a much improved second half, but Watford held on to deny Oxford what would have been a deserved point.
 
Oxford and Watford both started with a 4-2-3-1 formation that is becoming increasingly popular but it was the visitors who looked more comfortable and who dominated the early stages of the game. Watford pressed the Oxford defence and looked to the wings to exploit United's lack of pace at the back, while up front Laura Low struggled in her lone striker role.
 
United did look quite sharp on the break and Katie Stanley's pace had the Watford back line retreating but they were unable to trouble Lauren Davey in the visitors' goal and in the 18th minute, Oxford fell behind to a scrappy goal. A mix up between Jemma Connor-Iommi and Amy Chivers allowed Stacie Donnelly in to lob Demi Lambourne and give Watford the lead.
 
United improved after going behind and enjoyed some sustained possession, although again they failed to take advantage. This was to haunt Oxford as on the stroke of half time Watford doubled their lead and again it was a defensive nightmare for the U's. Watford broke from an Oxford attack and with three visiting players bearing down on goal it looked certain that United would concede. However, Lambourne produced the first of a string of excellent saves, getting down well to block the shot. Unfortunately for her Jo Wilson was following up and she finished emphatically to give Oxford an uphill task in the second half.
 
With Louise Fellows replacing Holly Pickett at the interval, United looked much brighter after the break and in the 53rd minute the change paid dividends as Fellows was involved in the move that led to Low dancing round a Watford defender and finishing low past Davey.
 
Lambourne came to Oxford's rescue in the 68th minute with a great tip over from a Kim Farrow drive and she again responded instinctively to pull off a copycat save from the corner. This was matched by Davey in the Watford goal three minutes later when she tipped over Fellows' shot after being set up by fellow substitute Lauren Allison.
 
Katie Stanley then brought out another good save from Davey with a shot on the turn from just two yards out. With Allison heading onto the roof of the net, United were regretting their inability to convert their chances and Watford almost put the game beyond the Yellows with a well struck free kick that again brought the best out of Lambourne.
 
Megan Alexander headed the corner off the line as United held out and with the game entering stoppage time there was panic in the Watford area from a late United corner. However, the visitors were able to scramble the ball clear and the referee called time on an action packed second half that was a great advert for the women's game. 
 
Oxford Utd: Demi Lambourne, Jemma Connor-Iommi, Megan Alexander, Kayleigh Hines (sub Gemma Simmonds 69mins), Sahara Osborne-Ricketts, Amy Chivers, Katie Stanley, Katherine Nutman, Laura Low (sub Lauren Allison 69mins), Helen King, Holly Pickett (sub Louise Fellows 45mins). Subs not used: Steph Mobbs, Lindsay Pinker, Chelsea Coles.

Watford: Lauren Davey, Georgia Mays, Chloe Gunn, Renee Hector, Amelia Gulley, Cally Rowell, Stacie Donnelly (sub Ella Hill 90mins), Katie Natkiel (sub Kim Farrow 58mins), Emma Beckett, Megan Wynne, Jo Wilson (sub Paige Logie 80mins). Subs not used: Grace Gillard, Shayla Burgess.

(Report by www.fawsl.com)

 
 

Women's Soccer Scene
Leaders victorious on resumption  
 Women's Football News 28 Jul 2014
 
Glasgow City moved seven points clear at the top of the Scottish Women's Premier League after defeating Spartans 4-2. 
 
Abbi Grant, Julie Nelson, Eilish McSorley and Leanne Ross were all on target for City whilst Sarah Ewens responded twice for the home side, but it was not enough and maximum points went to the reigning Champions who continue their 100% run in all competitions so far.
 
City took the lead through Abbi Grant. Fiona Brown cut inside and hit a curling shot towards the far post. Rachel Harrison in the Spartans net did well to save, but could only parry to Abbi Grant who finished from close range. On the half hour mark, City made it 2-0 when Suzanne Lappin crossed for Julie Nelson to head home and minutes later, central defensive partner Eilish McSorley got the third firing low past Harrison inside a crowded penalty box after a Leanne Ross shot had come back off the cross bar.
 
Shortly before half time, a poor clearance at the back for City, presented Sarah Ewens with an opportunity in the box and she took full advantage firing past Lee Alexander in the City nets to get her side back in the game.
 
Captain Leanne Ross scored with a free kick from outside the area to put the away side 4-1 up, but Sarah Ewens reduced the deficit once more scoring from a dead ball situation herself.
 
Second placed Rangers and Hibernian meanwhile battled out a 2-2 draw. Lisa Swanson gave Rangers an early lead which was cancelled out by Lizzie Arnot, who went on to put Hibs in front after the break. Kathryn Hill celebrated her call up to the Scotland senior squad by earning her side a share of the spoils with the equaliser.
 
Honours were also even as Celtic and Aberdeen finished level at 1-1 in the other game in the top section. Dons captain Rachael Small opened the scoring for her side in the second half with Celtic equalising shortly afterwards through Abigail Harrison.
 
Hamilton Academical lead the way in the bottom section following their 2-1 victory away to Forfar Farmington, Carolina Richardson scoring both of their goals.
 
Hutchison Vale also made sure of resuming their campaign with a victory, Laura Gavin and Jennifer Malone earning them a 2-1 win against Buchan Ladies.
 
It was a great day for Queen's Park as they recorded their first league win of the season and they are off the bottom of the table as a result. A brace from Mhairi Lyle, with Rebecca Madgin adding the other, helped the Spiders beat Inverness City 3-1 with Lisa McKenzie having netted the only goal of the first half for the home side.

 
 

Women's Soccer Scene
Reading stay in hunt  
 Women's Football News 27 Jul 2014
 
Reading FC Women 5 (Fletcher 9,66, Horwood 48, Williams 79, Bartrip 84)
London Bees 1 (Brooks 43)

Reading FC Women closed the gap on the top two as four second half strikes carried them to victory at the Madejski Stadium. 
 
The margin of defeat was a little harsh on London Bees who had battled hard all game but some excellent finishing and an impressive second half display by the Royals helped to cement them in third place in the WSL 2 table.
 
Reading started off brightly with Francesca Kirby firing a shot over the bar and the England squad member was instrumental as they took the lead with just nine minutes on the clock. A stray pass out of the defence was picked up by Lauren Bruton who fed Kirby, the striker driving towards goal before her shot was tipped onto the post by Cherie Rowlands, Melissa Fletcher being perfectly placed to tuck home the rebound for the opening goal.
 
After three recent heavy defeats, there were fears that London Bees might collapse once again but they responded well with captain Dawn Mallett shooting over at the other end. However Reading continued to look sharp going forward and almost went further ahead when another bad pass out of defence was seized on by Bianca Bragg who struck the post with a curling 20-yard shot.
 
Lauren Bruton shot wide after exchanging passes with Rebecca Jane and, following another dangerous run by Kirby, her deflected shot fell kindly for Georgie Giddings but she was denied by a fine point blank save from Rowlands.
 
The Bees rode out the storm and began to grow in confidence as half time approached, typified by Taylor O'Leary who won a number of tackles in midfield and Rebecca Anderson became more of an influence as the half wore on.
 
Mallett lifted a free kick over the bar but the Bees were to take advantage of another set piece in spectacular style just before the break. After Paula Howells had been tripped on the edge of the area by Bragg, Billie Brooks stepped up to drill an unstoppable shot into the far top corner and level the scores.
 
Reading were quick out of the blocks as the second half started and restored their lead three minutes after the restart. The Bees defence did well to avert the initial danger but Jane's ball back into the area was controlled by Bonnie Horwood who sent in a left a foot shot which Rowlands got a hand to but could not prevent from creeping just inside the far post.
 
A minute later, Kirby clipped the bar with a firm strike and then Bragg broke into the area from a long ball before her shot was parried by Rowlands. Bruton looked certain to score from the rebound but Rowlands did extremely well to get up and keep out her effort with a diving save.
 
Kirby had a shot blocked by Samantha Chappell from Shelly Cox' cross and the striker went close with another powerful effort before the pressure eventually told midway through the half.
 
A clever flick by Fletcher released Kirby on the left where she cut into the area before sliding the ball back for Fletcher to score her second goal from ten yards.
 
Reading were now producing their best form and continued to look dangerous every time they attacked. Bruton was having a fine game in midfield and almost added to their lead with a powerful strike from the edge of the area which crashed against the bar - the fourth time the Royals had struck the woodwork during the game.
 
However they were not to be denied for long and Cheryl Williams, who had only come on as a substitute a minute before, gave Rowlands no chance with a shot from 25 yards which arrowed into the corner of the net.
 
Rowlands made an excellent save, turning a 30-yard strike by Horwood over the bar, as Reading sought further goals against a Bees side which was looking very tired. They were to get another goal courtesy of a good move, Bruton's pass being dummied by Lois Roche and into the path of Molly Bartrip who finished with aplomb from fifteen yards.
 
Roche flashed a shot just wide in the dying minutes but Reading will be pleased overall with their performance which stretches their unbeaten run to seven matches in all competitions. London Bees meanwhile will be heartened by a much improved display which offers encouragement for their next games. 
 
Reading FC Women: Grace Moloney, Rebecca Jane (sub Eloise Wilson 86mins), Shelly Cox, Kirsty McGee, Molly Bartrip, Georgie Giddings, Lauren Bruton, Bonnie Horwood, Melissa Fletcher (sub Cheryl Williams 78mins), Bianca Bragg (sub Lois Roche 69mins), Francesca Kirby. Subs not used: Laura May Walkley, Megan Ryan, Rebecca Haines, Chloe Sansom.

London Bees: Cherie Rowlands, Emma Davies, Samantha Chappell, Taylor O'Leary (sub Danielle Scanlon 69mins), Billie Brooks, Aoife Hurley, Paula Howells, Amy Cooper (sub Laura Miller 86mins), Anneka Nuttall, Dawn Mallett (sub Lucy Loomes 62mins), Rebecca Anderson. Subs not used: Sophie Harris, Samantha Carson, Sydney Hinchcliffe, Imogen Riches.

Photos:

(top) Melissa Fletcher scores the opening goal for Reading
(middle) Georgie Giddings is denied by a good save from Cherie Rowlands
(bottom) Taylor O'Leary shields the ball from Shelly Cox

 
 

Women's Soccer Scene
Sunderland hold on to lead  
 Women's Football News 27 Jul 2014
 
Doncaster Rovers Belles 1 (Smith 15) Sunderland 1 (Furness 32)
The top of the table clash in WSL 2 ended with honours even at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Sue Smith's superb opener was cancelled out by a cracking Rachel Furness strike as second half chances went astray. Rachael Laws in the Sunderland goal had to be aware on a number of occasions to keep the Black Cats in it and earn a point. However, she wasn't to be beaten and the Belles had to make do with a draw.
 
There was a chance from the off as a poor back pass from Vicki Greenwell allowed Courtney Sweetman-Kirk to get a shot away before the striker tested Laws from distance seconds later.
 
The away side enjoyed the better of the early exchanges with Furness controlling the midfield but they couldn't find a way through a solid Belles defence.
 
A scramble in the area almost led to the opener for Sunderland as Emma Kelly saw her header cannon back off the post. From the resulting counter, Hobbs' kick found Beth England who found Smith with a delightful through ball down the left. Smith broke into the box and smashed the ball past Laws at her near post to give Gordon Staniforth's side the lead.
 
The goal seemed to lift the home team as Sweetman-Kirk and Reanne Thomas caused the Sunderland defence into some last ditch defending. A glorious chance fell to Thomas on 28 minutes to make it two but after being sent clear by Sweetman-Kirk, Laws was out to deny the winger with a great stop.
 
It was going to take something special to break down the Belles defence and that's exactly what Furness produced on 33 minutes. A break down the left allowed her to cut inside and fire the ball home from 30 yards to level it.
 
England had the chance to put the Belles back in front with a low drive but it sailed wide of the post as we approached half time.
 
It could have been 2-1 to the visitors at the break but for a wonderful stop from Hobbs. The Belles stopper got down low to prevent Rebekah Bass from scoring on the stroke of half time.
 
The second half began with both sides wary of making the first move to try and grab the lead. England went close before setting up Sweetman-Kirk who headed just wide of Laws' goal.
 
Millie Bright came off the bench and fired a shot just over on 67 minutes as the Belles looked to push on to grab a winner. The Belles continued to press with Sweetman-Kirk causing problems for the Sunderland defence in every attack.
 
Substitute Ashleigh Mills threatened with an attempt from the right but it was well blocked as wave after wave of Belles attacks went by without a goal.
 
But that elusive winner couldn't be found and the points were shared, ensuring that Sunderland preserve their lead of two points over the Belles at the top of the table. 
 
Doncaster Rovers Belles: Nicola Hobbs, Lyndsey Cunningham, Lauren Cresswell (sub Millie Bright 53mins), Leandra Little, Rhiannon Roberts, Victoria Williams, Reanne Thomas (sub Ashleigh Mills 68mins), Sue Smith, Courtney Sweetman-Kirk, Kasia Lipka, Beth England (sub Hope Knight 87mins).

Sunderland: Rachael Laws, Megan Beer, Vicki Greenwell, Rachel Furness, Steph Bannon, Gemma Wilson, Keira Ramshaw, Kelly McDougall, Rebekah Bass (sub Brogan McHugh 88mins), Emma Kelly (sub Lauren Briggs 54mins), Sophie Williams.

(Report by www.fawsl.com)


 
 

Women's Soccer Scene
Forest strengthen Technical Development Team  
 Women's Football News 25 Jul 2014
 
Nottingham Forest have re-adjusted skills and expertise to support areas of Technical Development across the club. 
 
Forest Ladies continue to enforce change to adapt and improve best practices to impact all players and members for the forthcoming season. The club now has twn teams across most age groups and to effect progression and development the club has re-organised and enhanced its structure.
 
Lisa Dawkins, former Director of Football has moved aside to enhance the Forest Ladies original collaboration with Nottinghamshire Police and One Nottingham to gift a wider impact on free football for young girls as she steps into the role of Forest Ladies Community Project Leader.
 
The club had recognised that Dawkins' previously strategic role would be better replaced with a more direct technical co-ordination element. As a result the club is pleased to announce the recruitment of Stephen Stennett (pictured) as Technical Director of Football.
 
Stennett's remit is to set technical guidelines and support for the Club in line with FA best practice but essentially to recruit, enhance and support the coaching staff for the Senior section. He will also be supporting the newly appointed Junior Development Manager, Nigel Hudson to support direction for player development across the Junior Set up.
 
Stennett himself is UEFA B Licenced Qualified with a UEFA B Licence diploma. He will be undertaking an A Licence assessment in the next few months.
 
Stennett is no stranger to Forest Ladies and comments: "Forest Ladies has been my passion for a good number of years. I was head coach of the U10/12 for two seasons when Forest held the Centre of Excellence licence and a further two years as head coach of the U16s. I am currently the head coach of the U17 at Stoke City C of E and the U18s Manager for Nottingham Forest Ladies."
 
Stennett is also working full time for the Football Association as a FA Skills Coach, within the Nottinghamshire FA Skills Team so brings a wealth of experience to the Technical Director of Football for Forest Ladies.
 
His last comments are simple as he says: "With this new role I want to be able to bring success to the club and help enable the club to realise their ambitions and long term visions."
 
To support the Junior Section, Nigel Hudson - who is now in his third season coaching with the club, has undertaken the mantle of Junior Development Manager. This remit is to support all the Junior Coaches and offer guidelines and support to instil best practices for junior girls football development across 8 teams. Nigel is FA Level 2 Qualified with Youth Modules 1 and 2 and undertaking further qualifications to enhance his experience and knowledge.
 
Forest Ladies Chairperson, P.J Andrews concludes: "We are looking to enforce positive change and saw definitive gaps for our technical co-ordination. With the recruitment of both Steve and Nigel we are now in place to bridge that gap which will further ensure all players will ultimately benefit in the long term.
 
"We need to enhance our Senior Coaching set up as a priority and Steve Stennett is best placed to look at and drive this initiative with his technical experience. Aside of their qualifications both Steve and Nigel are passionate to Forest Ladies and that brings about a great injection of enthusiasm to effect positive change."
 
Forest Ladies are immediately looking to recruit and enhance coaching and management staff for the senior First Team and Reserves who both play at the highest level in the winter leagues.
 
To progress discussion for the senior coaching and management roles, please contact Stephen Stennett on (07946) 433376 or e-mail the Club secretary: fay.glover@nottinghamforestladies.co.uk.

 
 

Women's Soccer Scene
Leafield appoint new coach  
 Women's Football News 25 Jul 2014
 
FA Women's Premier League Midlands Division One club Leafield Athletic Ladies FC are pleased to welcome Andy Mulligan as First Team coach. 
 
Andy is a well qualified coach who has a wealth of experience in the female game having held posts at Aston Villa Ladies Centre of Excellence, Aston Villa Ladies and more recently at Dudley United Ladies FC.
 
"Having been out of the game for a couple of seasons, Andy made contact with us and following a lengthy discussion it was clear that what we required and what Andy is looking to offer is a very good match," said First Team Manager, Dan Hearnden.
 
Following Tom Turner's decision to concentrate on his own playing career, Leafield have had a very good response to the First Team vacancy and are delighted to welcome somebody of Andy's calibre to the club. He will work alongside First Team manager Dan Hearnden and Assistant Manager Mark Smith with Paul Smith returning as goalkeeper coach.
 
Solihull-based Leafield are still looking to add and strengthen in all areas on the pitch, for more information and training details please contact Dan on (07956) 858158 or Andy on (07961) 046299.

 
 

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Hibs unveil new management team  
 Women's Football News 25 Jul 2014
 
Hibernian Girls & Ladies FC are pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Roberts as First Team Coach following the resignation of Willie Kirk last month. 
 
Roberts steps up as First Team Coach of Hibernian Ladies after serving as Assistant Coach to Kirk for the last four years. During his time as Assistant Coach with Hibs Ladies, he helped the team to League Cup success along with three other Cup Final appearances, and has seen them finish as league runners-up last year.
 
Roberts contributes a wealth of experience to the Club with coaching stints at Boroughmuir Thistle FC, for the Scotland Under-19 Women, and with the Scotland Under-14 regional performance squad. He has coached with Scotland Universities and is currently a Scottish FA Development Officer in Edinburgh. He is eager to move into the Lead Coach position and see the Hibs Ladies through to a successful season.
 
"It's an honour to continue my work at such a fantastic club," he told www.hibernianfc.co.uk. "My role has changed slightly but the target remains the same: to be the best in Scotland and keep pace with the game across Europe. Hibernian Ladies are very ambitious, and I am ambitious too. The club has a rich history in the Scottish game and a lot of potential. I'm pleased to be part of the team that will work to release that potential."
 
Rounding out the new management team are the appointments of Claire Ditchburn as First Team Assistant Coach and Alfie Smith as Club Coach Co-ordinator.
 
Ditchburn has experience as player - having left the Hutchison Vale side to take up the post as Assistant Coach with the Hibernian Ladies - and as coach with experience at Sunderland FC, City of Edinburgh Council and the Scotland Under-16 regional performance squad. Smith has six and a half years with the Hibernian Girls & Ladies FC coaching the 15s, 17s and Ladies Development Squad.

 
 

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Hampton receive First Aid boost  
 Women's Football News 25 Jul 2014
 
Fenland First Aid Services have confirmed their commitment to grassroots sport by funding the purchase of a new playing kit for Hampton FC's Under-18 ladies team, providing each player with a jersey, shorts and socks, which will displays the clubs new badge and the Fenland First Aid Services logo. 
 
Fenland First Aid Services are already assisting sports clubs in many ways, from supply of first aid kits to Emergency Aid Training to Event First Aid Cover. They also provide a range of workplace first aid training courses to ensure compliance with the Health & Safety At Work Act.
 
The Hampton Under-18 Ladies are looking to keep the momentum going from the previous season as they move into Under-18s football with an opportunity to win a quadruple. The girls first trip in the new kit is to participate in the Norway Cup in Oslo, before they return to start their league pre-season schedule.
 
Manager of the Under-18 Ladies, Steve Purnell said: "The enthusiasm for support of our team from Fenland First Aid has been fantastic. They are increasingly working with sports clubs providing, first aid kits, training and event support and it is nice to see them giving something back in return."
 
All squad places in the Under-18 Ladies team are taken, but the club also has girls only squads from Under-9 upwards and you will find more details on their website at www.hamptonfc.co.uk
 
Photo: Hampton FC Under-18 Ladies with Deborah Slator from Fenland First Aid.

 
 

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Scotland squad to face Wales  
 Women's Football News 25 Jul 2014
 
Anna Signeul has named a 25-player squad for Scotland's friendly match against Wales in Dumfries on Sunday 3rd August, as preparations continue for the crucial FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 double header against Faroe Islands and Sweden in September. 
 
The national coach has selected an expanded squad for the match against Wales, including five uncapped players.
 
Kathryn Hill (Rangers) and Kerry Montgomery (Spartans) have been called up to the women's A squad for the first time. Goalkeeper Rachel Harrison (Spartans) has been included after attending a training camp in January. She is joined by Rangers' Khym Ramsay, who returns for the first time since her inclusion in the squad for a friendly match against Iceland in August 2012. Hibernian defender Kirsty Smith, who also attended the January training camp, is also included.
 
Scotland are currently level on points with Sweden, who have a game in hand, at the top of FIFA Women's World Cup Qualifying Group Four. The group winners qualify directly for the Finals in Canada next year, with the four best runners-up from the European qualifying groups going into the play-offs.
 
Scotland face the Faroe Islands at Fir Park, Motherwell, on Saturday 13th September, and travel to Gothenburg for the final group match against Sweden four days later. 
 
Scotland squad: 
 
 NAME   CLUB   CAPS   GOALS 
 Gemma FAY   Celtic   174   0 
 Shannon LYNN   Vittsjo GIK   11   0 
 Rachel HARRISON   Spartans   0   0 
 Khym RAMSAY   Rangers   0   0 
 Emma BLACK   Glasgow City   42   1 
 Jennifer BEATTIE   Montpellier HSC   83   20 
 Frankie BROWN   Bristol Academy   60   0 
 Rachel CORSIE   Notts County   64   9 
 Ifeoma DIEKE   Vittsjo GIK   95   0 
 Nicola DOCHERTY   Glasgow City   9   0 
 Hayley LAUDER   Vittsjo GIK   59   8 
 Eilish McSORLEY   Glasgow City   14   0 
 Kirsty SMITH   Hibernian   0   0 
 Leanne CRICHTON   Glasgow City   21   2 
 Kathryn HILL   Rangers   0   0 
 Joanne LOVE   Glasgow City   149   7 
 Emma MITCHELL   Arsenal   32   5 
 Kerry MONTGOMERY   Spartans   0   0 
 Heather RICHARDS   Celtic   1   0 
 Leanne ROSS   Glasgow City   108   8 
 Megan SNEDDON   Rangers   126   4 
 Lisa EVANS   FFC Turbine Potsdam   36   10 
 Suzanne MULVEY   Rangers   12   1 
 Christie MURRAY   Arsenal   29   2 
 Jane ROSS   Vittsjo GIK   71   30 

 
 

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World Cup themed Festival a success  
 Women's Football News 25 Jul 2014
 
On Saturday 19th July, a Girls' World Cup themed Festival took place at Southfields Community College in Wandsworth; this was run in partnership between the AFA, London FA, Middlesex FA and Surrey FA. 
 
The festival was organised with the intention to support and develop girls' football in the Under-9 and Under-10 age groups and for the girls' to experience a fun day of football. Running alongside the festival in the morning was also an FA Tesco Skills session for 5-8 year old girls, where girls could just drop in and take part in a session delivered by one of the FA Skills Coaches.
 
There were over 50 girls taking part in the morning part of the festival which was for the Under-9 age group in a 4v4 format and there was some fantastic football on display. When the teams arrived they were given a flag from a World Cup country which they would adopt for the festival, they were also given some face paints so that they could decorate themselves with their respective countries flag and help get them into the World Cup spirit. The flags were kindly donated by The Hurlingham Pub & Kitchen in Fulham.
 
Jon Burr, Surrey FA said: "In some of the hottest weather we have seen this year, it was great to see so many girls take part in both the Under-9 and Under-10's age groups. The players were from many different clubs and schools from around Surrey, London and Middlesex. The World Cup theme really went down well with face paints and flags being given to all the teams taking part. Despite the heat the effort and commitment from both age groups was tremendous with many new players getting a taste of some competitive games for the first time."
 
In the afternoon for the Under-10 age group, the matches were 5v5 with a GK on slightly bigger pitches. Teams were split into two groups dependant on their experience and this made for more even matches. There were over 60 girls taking part in this age group and again with the weather getting even hotter the conditions were even tougher but the girls all did fantastically.
 
Emma Barnes, London FA said: "Today was a wonderful example of partnership working and local counties coming together to provide a fun festival for girls to play in. Using the World Cup as a theme created a fantastic atmosphere and the festival was played in a friendly yet competitive spirit which allowed the girls to showcase their skills."

 
 

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Jim Pearcy  
 Women's Football News 25 Jul 2014
 
Everybody at Women's Soccer Scene was saddened to hear the news that Jim Pearcy, Devon County FA Life Member, passed away suddenly. 
 
Jim was a highly regarded member of the Devon FA Council and was involved in all aspects of County FA work, he did though, have a real love of County Representative Football and attended well over 450 games during his time on Council.
 
He loved nothing better than keeping everybody up to date with results, fixture arrangements and thoroughly enjoyed his time as Press Officer for the South West Counties Championship.
 
Jim was a regular contributor to our magazine with reports for all matches in the Championship as well as the Devon County Cup Finals, as well as the squads selected ahead of each match.
 
Jim will be sorely missed and we would like to offer our deepest sympathies to his wife Rose and his family.

 
 

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England name final squad to face Sweden  
 Women's Football News 23 Jul 2014
 
Mark Sampson has announced his final 23-player England squad for next month's international against Sweden. 
 
England will host the Scandinavians at Hartlepool United's Victoria Park stadium on Sunday 3 August (2.00pm ko).
 
If Fara Williams plays, she will become England's most capped player of all time on 130 caps, ahead of Rachel Yankey. She equalled Yankey's record in a World Cup qualifier against Ukraine in June.
 
Meanwhile, Washington Spirit's Jodie Taylor gets her first full call up to the senior squad. The squad includes five players who hail from the North East - captain Steph Houghton, Hartlepool's Jordan Nobbs, Lucy Bronze, Demi Stokes and Jill Scott. Kelly Smith and Casey Stoney have been rested for this match and Sophie Bradley is out through injury.
 
The match takes place ahead of England's key World Cup qualifier against Wales on 21st August at Cardiff City Stadium. The Lionesses need just a point to qualify for the finals which take place in Canada next summer.
 
Sampson said: "It will be great to get the group together again for a really exciting challenge against a good Swedish team.
 
"Fara is a special player as well as a fantastic ambassador for the game. To overtake the record will be an incredible achievement for her and I'm sure one that she will build on.
 
"I spoke with Kelly and Casey, we decided to leave them out of this squad to allow them some extra recovery time. I am very hopeful they will be back fresh and fully fit for the Wales match.
 
"We are also looking forward to inviting Jodie into the group who has been playing very well and deserves her opportunity."
 
Tickets for the match are on sale now priced £5 for adults and £2.50 for children. A family ticket (two adults and two children) is available at £10 and group booking discounts apply. Tickets can be purchased by calling 01429 272 584 (option 2), via TheFA.com's ticketing page or at the Hartlepool United ticket office. 
 
England squad: 
 
 NAME   CLUB   CAPS   GOALS 
 Karen BARDSLEY   Manchester City   37   0 
 Siobhan CHAMBERLAIN   Arsenal   31   0 
 Rachel BROWN-FINNIS   Everton   82   0 
 Gemma BONNER   Liverpool   4   1 
 Lucy BRONZE   Liverpool   13   1 
 Alex GREENWOOD   Everton   3   0 
 Steph HOUGHTON   Manchester City   48   7 
 Alex SCOTT   Arsenal   114   12 
 Demi STOKES   Univ of South Florida   7   1 
 Laura BASSETT   Chelsea   40   1 
 Jade MOORE   Birmingham City   12   1 
 Jill SCOTT   Manchester City   82   13 
 Fara WILLIAMS   Liverpool   129   37 
 Jordan NOBBS   Arsenal   13   3 
 Karen CARNEY   Birmingham City   96   18 
 Dunia SUSI   Notts County   21   0 
 Eniola ALUKO   Chelsea   83   26 
 Jess CLARKE   Notts County   46   10 
 Natasha DOWIE   Liverpool   13   5 
 Toni DUGGAN   Manchester City   20   12 
 Francesca KIRBY   Reading FC Women   0   0 
 Lianne SANDERSON   Boston Breakers   37   11 
 Jodie TAYLOR   Washington Spirit   0   0 

 
 

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South West League constitution  
 Women's Football News 23 Jul 2014
 
The constitution of clubs in the South West League for the 2014-15 season is as follows: 
 
 PREMIER DIVISION   EASTERN DIVISION ONE   WESTERN DIVISION ONE 
 Bridgwater Town   Bishop's Lydeard   AFC Plympton 
 Brislington   Bitton   Alphington 
 Bristol Ladies Union   Cheltenham Civil Service   Bude Town 
 Downend Flyers   Cleeve West Town   Callington Town 
 Frome Town   Forest Green Rovers Res   Charlestown 
 Gloucester City   Ilminster Town   Dobwalls 
 Stoke Lane Athletic   Keynsham Town Res   Illogan LFC 
 Swindon Spitfires   Ludgershall Sports   Launceston 
 Torquay Utd   Poole Town   Marine Academy Plymouth 
 Truro City   Taunton Town   Newquay Celtic 

 
 

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Sophie Bradley out for season  
 Women's Football News 23 Jul 2014
 
Notts County Captain Sophie Bradley has been ruled out for the season after suffering an ACL injury in the 4-0 Continental Cup victory at Yeovil Town. 
 
The defender fell awkwardly off the ball in the early stages of the cup encounter, and the extent of the injury was confirmed earlier this week after a scan.
 
This is Notts County's third ACL injury of the current season, the club suffering the losses of Ellen White in pre-season and full back Anna Green in the first game of the season.
 
The recovery time for an Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury can vary, but it will certainly rule Bradley out for the remainder of the season, with the defender undergoing an operation once the scan result had been confirmed.

 
 

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Takeley require new players  
 Women's Football News 22 Jul 2014
 
Takeley Women's Football Club gained promotion to the Essex County League Premier Division by finishing as runners-up in Division One last season, but there has been a mass exodus of players. 
 
Some nine in total, from a squad of just 17, have left the club very short for the coming season.
 
Several enquiries have been made from prospective new players but more players are required if the club is to compete at the new level.
 
Training is currently on a Sunday from 11.00am till 1.00pm at Takeley Sports Field but we will soon be transferring to a 3g Astro pitch in Harlow on a Wednesday night from 7.45pm till 9.00pm.
 
If any players are interested in coming along please contact Dave Dawson on (07926) 147687 or (01279) 424342 or e-mail david.dawson8@ntlworld.com. Details of training venues can be found on the club website at www.takeley-wfc.co.uk/location.

 
 

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Glasgow City Champions League ticket launch  
 Women's Football News 22 Jul 2014
 
Scottish Champions Glasgow City today launched ticket sales for their upcoming UEFA Women's Champions League group games on their ticket site www.gcfctickets.co.uk. 
 
All Glasgow City games will be played at Airdrie's Excelsior Stadium, with tickets priced only £5 adult and £2 kids. First up for City are Slovakian Champions Nove Zamky on Saturday 9th August (7.45pm), then they face Northern Irish Champions Glentoran on Monday 11th August (7.45pm).
 
The final group match will be against Ukranian's best, Zhilstroy-1 with kick off 4pm at Airdrie. As group hosts and organisers, Glasgow City are offering free entry into all other non-City group matches. For full information visit www.gcfctickets.co.uk or www.glasgowcityladiesfc.co.uk.

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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