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Ladies Report: 10-Goal Thriller

18 March 2013

A late kick-off following a search for a playable pitch saw the Ladies return from Manchester with a draw. 

Two goals down in the opening 25 minutes, The Seasiders hit back before the interval to level matters, before each added a further three goals in the second half for a share of the points.

City of Manchester scored the opening goal within five minutes, a shot from distance into the top corner. Olivia Turnbull then headed a free-kick clear of danger. In search of an equaliser, Danni Cross had a low effort wide and Jenny McGill had successive shots on target. Lauren Oatley then tested the City keeper and was subsequently beaten to a Sarah Jones ball over the top. Somewhat against the run of play, City obtained their second of the game with a finish past Becky Sullivan.

Pool’s opening goal to gain a foothold in the game came soon after, with Oatley capitalising on the keeper’s poor clearance. Just after the half hour mark Jenny McGill was to grab the equalising goal with a fine finish from distance. 

Pool searched to gain an advantage with April Oldfield beating the offside trap but then seeing her effort go wide of the target. City of Manchester also looked to retake the lead, with a free-kick needing clearance by Charlotte Banner and an effort from them going across the face of goal, but with nobody able to apply the finishing touch. The scores therefore remained level at the interval.

After the break Pool tool the lead for the first time in the game when an Oldfield effort was parried by the home keeper into the path of Oatley who fired home emphatically for her brace. The home keeper then produced saves from Oldfield and Cross before City picked up their third and equalising goal, a throw in was headed across the box and subsequently fired home.

On the hour mark Pool were to take the lead again, with Jones racing through and seeing her initial effort blocked but she played the rebound through to Cross on the left who made no mistake with her finish.

Mac Barlow then replaced McGill and with 20 minutes remaining Oldfield was replaced by Sian Dillon.

Soon after City were to get their fourth of the game, Sullivan took a touch on a back pass and with their striker following in the referee adjudged that the keeper was responsible for a trip and promptly dismissed her, awarding the home side a penalty kick. Charlotte Gill was substituted so that replacement keeper Steph Findlay could be brought to the field of play, but unfortunately her first task was to pick the ball out of the net as the penalty was fired home. A fifth goal for City soon followed and Blackpool's woes were added to with 15 minutes or so to go, as Claire Kilner was forced to go off due to a facial injury and having made all their substitutions Pool had to see out the game with nine players. 

Towards the end of normal time Pool got a deserved equaliser, Barlow’s pass found Jones who played through for Cross to get her second of the game.

Team: Sullivan, May, Jones (Capt), Banner, McGill, Kilner, Turnbull, Gill, Oldfield, Oatley, Cross 

Subs: Barlow, Findlay, Dillon, Perrett 

Next week sees a rearranged home league fixture against Wigan, which kicks-off at 2pm at Wyre Villa.

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