Abbey Rangers Reserves Ladies 2-5 Slough Town Ladies
Shannon Daly hit a hat-trick as Slough Town Ladies recorded their second away victory.
The Rebels were playing their fourth away game of the season, against a strong Abbey Rangers team that finished 4th in the league last season.
Slough started the game on the front foot and were pressing Abbey hard from the front. Everything that we had worked on in training was paying off.
Three minutes into the game Charli Davies played the ball down the line for Alice Heady to run onto, she took on the fullback, beat her for pace and delivered the perfect cross into Lucy Passfield. Her first-time strike was buried from eight yards out straight into the bottom left hand corner, a superb finish to a great move giving Slough the lead.
The energetic duo of Nikhita Sangha and Charli Davies dominated possession in midfield, and the intelligent running of the channels by Shannon Daly and Alice Heady were causing the Abbey defence no end of problems and creating great opportunities for the Rebels to score.
Slough were controlling the game and moving the ball around with ease. Leanne Gibson spotted a run from Alice Heady and delivered the ball through the Abbey defence. She was clean through and finished in a calm manner to make it 2-0 after 18 minutes.
On 24 minutes the Rebels scored the goal of game, after a move that contained 18 passes. Shannon Daly switched the play to Lucy Passfield, who then reversed the ball to Alice Heady. She whipped the ball across the six-yard box which was met by Shannon Daly at the far post for 3-0.
Slough continued to dominate the game with Abbey Rangers looking to hit on the counter. Two minutes before half time after several errors in defence the Rebels allowed Abbey Rangers to claw a goal back.
The goal before half time gave Abbey hope and they started the second half with more determination pushing Slough onto the back foot. The hosts’ pressure won them a succession of corners, but the Slough defence stood strong.
On 51 minutes Harlie Clark broke up the Abbey attack and feed the ball into Lucy Passfield. She turned inside away from the Abbey player and slotted Shannon Daly clean through onto goal. Daly outpaced the right back and headed into the penalty box, and from 10 yards out powerfully drove the ball into the bottom right hand corner to make it 4-1.
Abbey took control of the game and Chloe Hetherington made some great saves to keep the home team out. Eventually Abbey's persistence rewarded them with their second goal.
On 73 minutes, Rebecca Stewart dispossessed the Abbey winger and played the ball into Lucy Passfield, who chipped it through to Shannon Daly. She turned the fullback inside out before striking the ball past the Abbey keeper to notch her first hat-trick for the Rebels.
The game was now stretched, and play moved from end to end. Abbey moved to three players in attack and were pushing for a way back into the game. In the final moments Chloe Hetherington made an outstanding save from point-blank range to deny an Abbey striker.
It finished 5-2 to the Rebels, a great team performance in which everyone played their part.
Player of the Match: Lucy Passfield
Slough Town Ladies (4-2-3-1)
GK - Chloe Hetherington
RB - Rebecca Stewart
LB - Laiba Arshad
CB - Leanne Gibson
CB - Kym Stenson
CM - Charli Davies
CM - Nikhita Sangha
CAM - Sam Mckenzie
LAM - Shannon Daly (capt)
RAM - Alice Heady
ST - Lucy Passfield
Substitutes: Merreisha Waul, Brooke Pomeroy, Emma Gaywood, Harlie Clark.
Image: Philip Benton
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