Tigresses hop their way into Third round hat
Goals from Helen Lynskey, Hope Knight and Jo Symington secured the win against a dogged and resilient FC United side
Just a month prior, City had visited Broadhurat Park and been able to blow away United. This game had a completely different tone.
In front of a loud and atmospheric crowd the hosts were celebrated in each tackle won, lifting them to new heights and causing the visitors an added challenge
The hosts took the lead when a corner was failed to be cleared and Jein nodded home
City responded instantly, and the imperious Lynskey collected a loose ball on the edge of the box before powering home another for her personal Goal of the Season contender collection
Moments later Lynskey again had a great chance. Squared the ball from Knight who had pirouetted her way through the FC defence, Lynskey unleashed a rocket that cannoned off the upright
Another chance before the half ended, Knights corner bobbled and bounced through, and Kirstie Hunts looping header could only land on the roof of the net
Second half saw City continue the pressure they had ended the first with.
Good pressure on the hosts back line and Knight stole the ball and ran through, before her effort was well saved by the onrushing Donald in the United goal
Knight then had her chance to rectify the earlier miss, racing through from an exquisite Hunt pass and slotting home – making no mistakes this time
Jo Symington then extended the Tigresses’ lead, powering home from 6 yards after Ellie Tansers initial header had been blocked
Knight should have had a second. Brookes broke well into the FC box her first effort was blocked, with the second falling to Knight at the back post who was adjudged to be offside despite being behind ball 🤷♂️
City were then down to 10 after Brookes, on the same site of her injury a month ago, differed a similar fate and had to come off
City held their own well despite the disadvantage, but a slight lax in concentration saw United pull one back with the last kick. A fierce shot was well saved by Wattam, but the effort clipped off the post and into the path of the onrushing Wildin who tapped home
Wattam; Brierley, Watters, Jackman, Symington; Hunt, Bott, Tanser, Lynskey; Knight, Thomposn