WSL Week 12
Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur
FORTE’s on fire combination of Leah Galton and Alessia Russo were in action against a very tough Spurs side. During this top of the table clash, United started quickly with Galton having the first attempt on goal, however, Spurs went closer to breaking the deadlock. United managed to score first from a corner which set them up to continue their impressive start. Our FORTE pair nearly linked up in great fashion as Russo skipped past a few defenders and smashed a ball across goal, but Galton could not find the back of the net from close range. Leah was not to be discouraged as she consistently made some great runs from the left flank which resulted in the third and final goal of the match. With 6 wins in a row, the Red Devils have jumped up to 2nd place in the WSL.
Reading vs Birmingham City
Emily Ramsey was in goal for Birmingham City again in this very important fixture for her relegation battling side. The Blues scored very early from a corner and nearly doubled their lead swiftly after. They were not to be denied as they scored their second of the game by winning the ball back in the midfield and setting off hastily into a counterattack. Reading halved the deficit after a few minutes from a header following a free kick that Ramsey could do nothing about. Ramsey was very unlucky as Reading won a penalty that she couldn’t get near to, they ended up winning 3-2 after a fine volley from one of their players.
Leicester City vs Aston Villa
This important fixture for both teams, featured 3 FORTE players, Molly Pike for Leicester whilst Anna Patten and Maz Pacheco started for Villa. After 3 minutes, Maz was the main contributor to the opening goal after a wonderfully whipped in corner ball that Leicester’s keeper nor defenders could deal with as it went into the back of the net. The Foxes came out much better in the second half, equalising after some good pressure on Villas defense. In the end, it was heartbreak for Molly as Villa scored the winner in the dying moments of the game sending her team home with no points.
Anna Patten in action for Villa.
West Ham vs Everton
The young Hammer duo of Mel Filis and Lois Joel made late appearances for their side as they won by 3 goals to zero in a huge win for their team. Everton should’ve scored first and hit the woodwork twice, but West Ham grew into the game by managing to score late in the first half after a fine team worked goal. The Hammers were extremely clinical and put away their two other chances of the game winning 3-0 in the end, sending them up to 7th place in the table.
Written by Zak Byskup