A complete domination at the Recreation Ground by the Tigresses beating Barnsley 5-1. An outstanding performance in every single position against a top team gave Hull City Ladies a well deserved 3 points. Top goalscorer this season for the Tigresses Hope Knight gets herself another brace, a brilliant hit from distance and a clinical near post shot in the second half. A good header from Amy Pollock, and additional goals from Ackers and Thompson.
A very dominant first 10 minutes from Hull City Ladies lead to their first goal, a well worked chance forcing a good block for the ball going out for a corner. A ball crossed to the near post met the head of Amy Pollock with a fantastic header over the keeper into the far post to put the Tigresses 1 goal ahead
Only two minutes later Barnsley equalized with a very fast counter attack, a long ball down the right hand side gave the winger a lot of space to exploit. A good run into the box and a low pass across the box for an open goal to make the score back level.
Towards the end of a brilliant half performance from the Tigresses they took back the lead, another great ball to Thompson down the right hand side and her speed beating the defender allowing her open for a cross. A good cross into Ackers head allowed her to flick the ball over the goalkeeper to give her an open goal and get the Tigresses back in front
A great half time performance from Hull City Ladies and unlucky not to be more than a goal ahead.
Half time – Barnsley 1 – 2 Hull City Ladies
Chances beginning from the right hand side of the Hull City Ladies attack becoming a common occurance and Katie Thompson being a real threat down the right wing, a great run with a high cross mis hit, flies over the keeper and in off the back post to double the Tigresses lead.
Goals are not stopping for Hull City Ladies, the next from top goalscorer Hope Knight. A loose ball collected by the number 24 and hit from 25 yards flew over the keeper’s head and into the back of the net. Hull City Ladies leading 4 goals to 1.
Heading into the last 10 minutes of the game, a good chance for Barnsley blocked off the line from number 7 Liberty Bott. Unfortunately the ball hit her hand in the process giving Barnsley a penalty and Liberty saw red, the Tigresses down the 10 now.
A great penalty into the top corner denied fantastically from the reliable Abi Wallace in goal to prevent Barnsley from the spot, score staying 4-1.
Only a few minutes later a great ball low down the left hand side into the path of Hope Knight. Great control to give Hope a sight at goal, a tight angle but brilliantly hit into the top corner gives Knight her brace and secure all three points for Hull City Ladies.
Full Time – Barnsley 1 – 5 Hull City Ladies
Hull City Ladies sit comfortably 5th in the league table with three games in hand behind Stockport County in 4th and only 4 points behind. Back to back games against Barnsley who are currently in 3rd place having played one more game than the Tigresses making Thursday’s game a massive one.
Chris Hames’ Post Match Interview
After a great result for the Tigresses against a side who have been a top team for a long time, in his post match thoughts Chris described Hull City Ladies performance as ‘showing the best of ourselves’. Being clinical in front of goal is something the Tigresses have struggled with so far this season for the most part but with a fantastic display from everyone in the attack, it seemed the majority of their chances ended up in the net. A particularly good performance from Katie Thompson on the right hand side of the attack with the majority of the Tigresses’ chances starting down her channel, securing a goal herself Chris Hames’ stated ‘ she was unlucky to not get a couple more’.Chris further commented on the reliable midfield pairing of Ellie Tanser and Amy Pollock describing their performances in particular as ‘stand out performances and adjusting really well to adapt to the way Barnsley wanted to play’.
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