REPORT: AFC Fylde Women 0-2 Leeds United Women
Whites through to FAWNL Plate Semi-Final
FA Women’s National League Plate (Quarter-Final)
AFC Fylde Women 0
Leeds United Women 2 (Smith 50’, Brown 52’)
Leeds United Women: Simpson (GK), Hindle, Hamill, Hannon, Smart ©, Danby, Smith, Whitham, Ellis, Woodruff, Brown. Subs not used: Williams, Underdown, Robson.
AFC Fylde Women: Hunter (GK), Merrin, Forster, Carroll, Fields, Hollinshead (Whittaker 71’), Rowe, Young, Fryer, Beresford (Binks, 59’), McCoy (Hignett 80’). Subs not used: Fenton.
Venue: Kellamergh Park
Referee: C Hodgson
Booked: Simpson, Hindle (Leeds)
Leeds United Women caused yet another cup upset, as they defeated Northern Premier Division side AFC Fylde 2-0 in the FAWNL Plate Quarter-Final.
Rick Passmoor was forced into one change from the FA Cup defeat to WSL side Arsenal last weekend, as Leoni Price missed out through illness and was replaced by Bridie Hannon.
Despite the hosts’ having the majority share of possession, Leeds managed to keep the Coasters at bay in the first half. Carrie Simpson was largely untroubled, not having to make a save of note but doing well to deal with a couple of crosses in the box.
It was Megan Hunter at the other end who was the busier keeper. She had to be alert to rush off her line to deny Macy Ellis on 18 minutes.
Ellis was the visitors’ biggest threat in the first half, she got in again on 20 minutes but couldn’t steer her left footed shot on target.
Hunter was forced into another save three minutes later as Abbie Brown cut in from the right and let fly but couldn’t get enough power behind her strike.
HALF TIME: AFC Fylde Women 0 Leeds United Women 0
The hosts started brightly in the second half, Sasha Rowe forced Simpson into a save with a low drive and Coasters’ top scorer Fay McCoy tried her luck from a free-kick.
Leeds were clinical on the break, though and took charge of the game with two quick-fire goals on the counter.
Kathryn Smith broke the deadlock with a brilliant strike from range that left Hunter with no chance before Abbie Brown tapped in for 2-0 minutes later, after good work from Ellis and Amy Woodruff.
The game turned scrappy from there as Fylde piled the pressure on, but Leeds were resilient, even with a player less for 10 minutes after Rachel Hindle was controversially sin-binned for descent.
Even with 10 players, Leeds remained a threat on the break with Ellis’ pace, which was simply too much for Fylde all afternoon.
Woodruff had two chances to make it 3-0, both with her left foot. On 81 minutes she dragged wide and on 83 minutes she forced a smart save from Hunter.
Leeds saw out the game with a very respectable clean sheet, claiming yet another scalp from the league above in cup competitions this season.
In doing so, they have booked a date with Southampton Women in the Semi-Final, which will take place on February 19th. Further fixture details will be released in due course.
Rick Passmoor’s side are back in action next Sunday as they return to league duty for the first time in over three months, after cup progress and postponements have wreaked havoc on the league schedule, they host Merseyrail at the So-Trak Stadium (2pm kick-off).
FULL TIME: AFC Fylde Women 0-2 Leeds United Women