Hull City Ladies clinched a fantastic 4-0 victory against Sheffield Women at Haworth Park in a dominant and hard fought performance.
It was a well deserved win for the Tigresses with two goals from Helen Lynskey and Rachael Ackroyd securing the three points.
It was an unchanged XI from last week’s close defeat against West Brom, with Ruby Dawson and Kennedy Walker making the bench against Sheffield.
The Tigresses started the game exceptionally pressing Sheffield in the opening exchanges and playing some good fluid football.
Helen Lynskey nearly opened the scoring with a powerful half-volley from 25 yards but her effort was tipped onto the bar.
Minutes later the ball was in the back of the night but was ruled out. It was excellent play from the Tigresses, Katie Thompson beat her player and her cross found Helen who beat her defender and her headed effort flew into the top left corner, but the referee ruled it out as he judged the ball to have gone out.
HCL had another chance moments later, this time through Harriet Houghton, her fierce shot was goal bound but a good goal line clearance prevented the home side opening the scoring.
Hull City Ladies continued to press and continued to go forward looking to break the deadlock and they got their just rewards in the 24th minute. Helen Lynskey produced a brilliant touch and unleashed a 20 yard shot which flew in.
Not resting on their laurels, the Tigresses continued to look for the second goal as Adi Costello’s side doubled their lead six minutes later.
Rachael Ackroyd played a fantastic ball through which found Helen and she made no mistake to put the Tigresses further ahead.
Moments before half-time Hannah Langford made a darting run from defence and produced a good shot from the edge of the area but the keeper made a good save to make the half-time score 2-0.
Hull City Ladies flew out of the blocks in the second half and continued where they left off. A cracking start to the second half, Rachael Ackroyd had good space with the ball, as the forward turned her defender inside and out and produced a great shot which beat the keeper and put a three goal cushion into the game.
The home side scored their fourth of the afternoon through a brilliant team goal. Ackroyd received the ball from a great through ball and produced another great shot which beat the keeper which earned a third goal in two matches.
Girls Elite Academy Graduate Louise Dealtry-Todd was brought on deep into the second half and Kennedy Walker was introduced to replace Abi Wallace in goal. The Tigresses pressed for a 5th but it was great defending to keep Sheffield scoreless.
Sheffield had a few chances late in stoppage but roulette defence secured all three points and a well deserved elusive win.
Hull City Ladies now take on AFC Fylde Women at Haworth Park on Mothers Day. Buy Tickets here!