The Tigresses through to the final of the Women’s Shield after a dominant performance over the Owls.
Worksop Town Ladies never seemed to get out of first gear, however this was not a problem as they got the job done by slamming five past Sheffield Wednesday Ladies Reserves, who only had nine players from the off.
The Tigresses were the main team in this contest and started early as they almost took the lead two minutes into the game. Brooke Chapell fed the ball into the feet of Carly Rowlands, who had her back to goal and hit her shot on the swivel, but the ‘keeper got down and held the ball on the dive.
Worksop took the lead in the tenth minute. Chapell saw her long-range effort cannon off the post and then off the ‘keeper, which took the ball into the path of Ellie Chandler, who kept her cool and tucked her shot under the goalkeeper.
After the half-hour mark, the home side doubled their lead in spectacular fashion. Leah Hardy took the ball around her marker before rifling in an effort which flew into the top corner from 35 yards out.
The Tigresses had a goal disallowed moments later. Chapell burst through the backline of Wednesday and subsequently squared the ball across to Rowlands for an easy tap in, however the referee blew for offside.
In stoppage time of the first 45, Worksop got their third. Hayley Hirst threaded the ball through for Chapell, who ran onto the set-up and coolly stroked the ball past the outrushing goalkeeper.
The half-time whistle sounded with the Tigresses leading by three.
The second half started emphatically as Town netted four minutes after the break. Hardy bagged her brace as she was on hand to nod Rowlands’ floated cross beyond the grasp of the goalkeeper.
Moments later, Hardy saw her distance effort saved by the ‘keeper before the number one deflected the follow-up from Chapell behind for a corner.
Hardy netted her hat-trick as she profited from Shannon Brooks’ determination to win the ball in the middle. Brooks’ challenge rolled to the feet of the prolific striker whose low-driven shot nestled into the bottom corner.
On the hour mark, Rowlands almost got the goal she deserved after a hard-working performance. Carly was slotted through on goal and the forward opted to pull the trigger early, but unfortunately saw her effort blast into the advertising boards.
The final chance of the game fell to Leah Hardy as she rifled a shot from the edge of the area which ricocheted off the face of the bar, and when it was cleared, the referee ended proceedings meaning Worksop booked their place in the final.
Manager Rob Hardy was pleased after reaching the final of the Women’s Shield.
“I’m happy we’ve got to the final. I think the first half we took them for granted as they only had nine players and we took our foot off the gas far too easy. We did control the game but they battled hard and made us work hard. We played better in the second and got our foot on the ball and played it about well. Overall, I’m happy with the 5-0 win and getting into a final but we should have been better in the first half.”
Next week the Tigresses face today’s opposition once again, but in the league this time.
Rob believes his side will need to start more quickly in order to keep up their form.
“We had six players missing today, so it’ll help us get a quick start next week and squash their thoughts about giving us more of a game with more than nine players next week.”
By Devon Cash