4th Round Qualifying The Women’s FA Cup
Coventry City Development 1 – Stone Dominoes 3
STOP PRESS!!! STOP PRESS!!! NEXT ROUND UPDATE : Drawn to play either Nettleham Ladies FC or Leicester City FC on Sunday 6th December, both teams are in higher divisions than Stone.
Stone Dominoes continued their unbeaten run this season with an impressive win over a strong Coventry City side taking them into the first round proper of the women’s FA cup. Both teams looked for the early goal with every ball being closed down, the Dominoes strikers Mollie Prime and Hannah Perry were on form and their link up play was quality from start to finish causing havoc on the Coventry defence. Stones centre midfielders Jules Kendrick and Siobhan Haynes worked tirelessly with the help of H.Perry dropping back at times against a Coventry midfield three. The whole Stone team were confident and calm under pressue, the ball retention was great for such a poor quality pitch surface.
On the 24th minute Mollie Prime broke free from the defence and her calmness in front of goal really showed as she casually slid the ball past the keeper to make it 1-0 much to the shock of the Coventry side. On the 37th minute Mollie Prime found herself in front of goal again only to have her goal disallowed for offside, Half time 0-1 to the dominoes.
After the break Coventry had had a strong talking to by the manager, however Stone continued to battle and give as good as Coventry did. Stones wingers Kerry McCourt and Lydia Bennion began to make a difference between the two teams working hard making runs to aid the strikers but also needed to track back when Coventry pushed forward.
More chances came with Haynes, Prime and McCourt all coming close from distance. It was Dominoes defence who were solid throughout and broke down many a Coventry attack. Central defenders Hayley Mason and Becky Arnold had an excellent partnership and put their bodies on the line numerous times to block shots or make last ditch tackles. One of which came when the Coventry striker broke free sliding the ball past the keeper, Becky Arnold never gave up and chased the ball down with her determination she was able to clear the ball off the line to keep the score at 0-1. Lisa Elliott and Simone Kelsall at left and right back also worked so hard against two very fast wingers, keeping close to them both Elliott and Kelsall kept any potential crosses at bay and closed down much of the play on the wings.
Mollie Prime who looked dangerous on the attack all game was on hand again for her second of the game on the 54th minute after another quality link up play between her and Hannah Perry. Perry fired a shot for the Coventry keeper to parry, only to the feet of Prime who blasted the ball into the back of the net and knocking the confidence of Coventry. 0-2 to Stone. Stone dominated following the second goal and the bickering began in the Coventry team.
On 61st minute Hannah Perry was on hand to score Stones third of the game. Mollie Prime took on the defence from the corner along the back line, easily passing the two central defenders, Prime gave such an accurate pass setting up Perry for a tap in. 0-3 to Stone.
Kerry McCourt made way for Bethan Woodings on the right hand side, who slotted in on the right wing providing more defensive cover for the last 15minutes. Coventry changed their formation and threw players forward so the pressure was on the dominoes for the last 10 minutes. Coventry got a late consolation goal in the last few minutes but this made stone battle harder and the last couple of minutes was spent in the Coventry half keeping possession.
This is another quality win taking the dominoes into the first round proper of the women’s FA Cup. This is such a great achievement for the dominoes ladies, who have certainly put Stone on the map for women’s football.
TEAM: C. Perry, Kelsall, Mason, Arnold, Elliott, McCourt, Kendrick, Haynes, Bennion, Prime, H.Perry
SUBS: Woodings, Price
GOALS: Prime 24,37, H.Perry 61