Hull City Ladies were beaten 6-1 against Manchester United Women Under 21’s in the penultimate pre-season game.
The Tigresses played their first away pre-season fixture against Manchester United Women but suffered a 6-1 loss, however, despite the scoreline there were plenty of positives to take from the match as the Tigresses ramp up preparations and ultimately gained crucial match fitness.
It was a hectic start of the match as both teams had a goal disallowed. United thought they had scored the game’s first goal. A through ball was played in behind as the striker rounded the keeper and placed it in the net, however, the goal was ruled out for offside in the build-up.
Excellent chance for Hull City Ladies moments later as Katie Thompson thought she had put the Tigresses ahead but the referee adjudged there to be a foul in the build-up. A good corner whipped in by Jo Symington as the keeper didn’t clear the danger. Thompson was in the right place at the right time but the referee judged there to be a foul in the process.
A good curling shot from Suey Smith made the United keeper produce a fine save. A good cut-out cross was met with a Tigress clearance, the following corner good defence kept the score-line level. Moments later United found themselves one nil ahead. A great curling shot from the United player found the top corner to put the Red Devils in front.
United piled the pressure once again, a good through ball was placed forward but Meg Cooke raced out quickly and produced a great block, moments later United rattled the crossbar from a fierce shot.
Cooke was busy again, a good low saved from her but the save reached their forward and she made no mistake to tap in from five yards into an empty net.
United scored their third of the afternoon after capitalising on a loose ball 20 yards from the goal. The forward continued her run and slotted the ball beyond Cooke to score the game’s third goal five minutes after half-time.
United nearly found themselves through on goal, but the last-ditch tackle stopped them in their tracks. Tigresses were fighting as a team throughout the match, as moments later another last-ditch block off the line kept the scoreline 3-0.
Tigresses then race up-field with a good counter-attacking move & Rachael Ackyord shot made the keeper spring into action which resulted in a corner.
59th-minute mark, Cooke brought their attacker down and United make no mistake in scoring the following penalty.
However, the Tigresses didn’t give up, two minutes later, good work from Hull City Ladies as Westmorland fired home from close range!
United scored their 5th of the game, good passing exchanges from the Red Devils resulted in a low curling shot that rifled the back of the net. It was a simple tap in for United’s 6th goal, both strikers linked up and she squared it from five yards out for an unmissable shot.
Despite the result, it was a good learning opportunity for the Tigresses against good opposition. A reminder that the FA Women’s National League starts against Middlesborough Ladies on 20th September. We have one last pre-season game next Sunday, Brighouse Town AFC Women, at 2 pm. Come down and support the Tigresses.
1, Megan Cooke
2, Eden Pederson
5, Ellice Jackman
11, Jo Symington
17, Florence Pegrum
6, Ellie Tanser
18, Suey Smith
7, Liberty Bott
10, Katie Thompson
8, Aaliyah Allen
12, Emily Smith
Subs: Beech, Westmorland Render, Burton,
*Written by Alex Robinson
** Photograph by Kevin Greene, Kevin Greene Photography