The Tigresses secured a First Round victory in the FAWNL Plate against Norton, with relative ease, thanks to goals from Lynskey, Knight and Brookes
It had only been two weeks since the sides had last met. Then, a late Brookes winner secured the valued 3 points in the league for City, overcoming a dogged and well structured Norton side. A different venue and competition, but with the same outcome – albeit with much more ease.
Georgia Wattam came in to make her Hull City Ladies premier, and she was joined in the starting line up by Chloe Copsey and Shakala Brookes as the three changes from last weeks trip to Stockport
City started brightly and had the first chance on goal. A freekick was won on the edge of the area. Lynskey lined it up and stung the hands of Moore in the Norton goal, and the spill fell agonisingly behind the onrushing Ackroyd
But the tigers maintained their hunt, continuing the attack. Recycled the ball came back down the right, Knights deep cross found Lynskey who cut back in and unleashed another effort from 20 yards, this one avoided the hands of the keeper and rolled in to the back of the net
Minutes later it was two. Great build up in the middle set Bott away down the left. Her touch and cross evaded the back line and found the galloping Brookes at the back post who struck home
As the half went on the game began to die down. Plenty of endeavour but little in the way of clear cut chances for both sides. City broke in to the box a plenty without getting a good strike away, a swinging corner and a 30 yard strike from range, from the returning Owens, the only efforts the host could muster
In to the second half the hosts came out to look more like the Norton we are used to seeing. Fighting and battling, making the middle of the pitch hard to control. City dealt with it well, however, slowing the tempo and leaving the debutant Wattam safe and protected in her box
It was helped when five minutes into the half Knight added her name to the score sheet. A good attack down the right was cut out and cleared by the Norton defence. As the ball was returned to play from the head of Jackman it looped over the stretched yellow midfield and bounced falling perfectly for Knight to rocket from 30 yards high in to the net.
Thompson came in for Knight and had a influence in the play, her excellent pull back picked out Copsey on the 6, but her effort, aided by a slight bobble, ended up somewhere other than the goal
3-0 to the Hull and into the next round