Match: Aston Villa Women v Everton Ladies
Date: Friday 29th July 2019
Venue: Boldmere St Michaels FC
Players used: Rogers, Haigh, Greengrass, Richards, N’dow, Franklin-Fraiture, West, Hanssen, Hayles, Hutton, Haywood, Johnson, Warner, Ewers, Welsh, Ale, Hurley
Story in brief
Asmita Ale picked out the top corner with a stunning volley in the final seconds to snatch pre-season victory against top tier Everton.
The 17-year-old flicked the ball up on the edge of the box before unleashing an unstoppable volley that left the Boldmere crowd astounded.
The goal capped a terrific comeback from the home side, who fell behind midway through the second half.
Striker Melissa Johnson hit the post before later finding the equaliser and paving the way for Ale to win it with her stunning strike.
Ale back with a bang
Asmita Ale missed Villa’s first pre-season outing as she was competing for England at the Under-19 European Championships.
And full of confidence from representing her country, the teenager produced one of the best goals you’re ever likely to see.
Moving away from goal as she collected a mishit free-kick, the fullback’s first touch set the ball perfectly before her right-footed volley flew past the Everton ‘keeper.
Johnson shines again
Melissa Johnson netted twice on her first outing for the club five days earlier, including a stunning strike from long-range.
And the forward was on the scoresheet once again, this time showing a different side to her game.
She kept her composure to round the ‘keeper and set herself before sending the ball past the covering Everton defenders.
Here to compete
Last season, Gemma Davies’ team played Super League opposition four times and lost four times.
So to compete against and beat a top tier side – albeit only in pre-season – will be a massive psychological boost for the team.
Villa enjoyed the better of the chances against the Toffees and showed they can be a threat against the best teams in the country.
Villa complete their pre-season schedule with two away games against West Ham United and Nottingham Forest.
The Women then kick-off their league campaign at Boldmere St Michaels FC on 18 August, and tickets are available here.