Match: London City Lionesses v Aston Villa Women
Date: Sunday 25th August 2019
Venue: Princes Park
Ejupi (29, 50)
West (10), Haigh (65), Hayles (67)
Rogers, Franklin, Ale, N’Dow, Haigh, West, Ewers, Follis (Hayles), Johnson, Syme, Haywood (Warner)
Story in brief
Aston Villa Women are second in the FA Women’s Championship after producing another comeback to maintain their 100% start to the league campaign.
Having overturned a 2-0 deficit to beat Sheffield United seven days earlier, Villa again showed their character as second half goals from Natalie Haigh and a stunning strike from substitute Shania Hayles earned victory.
Amy West had given the visitors an early lead before former Villan Elizabeta Ejupi’s double put London City ahead early in the second half.
Goalkeeper Sian Rogers was again on top form to ensure Villa brought all three points back to Birmingham.
Shania Hayles climbed off the bench to grab the winner, her first goal since returning to the club from Birmingham City in the summer.
The young winger has immense potential and she showed her ability with a great finish to put Villa in front.
With Sophie Haywood, Emma Follis and Jodie Hutton, when she returns from injury, also vying for a starting place on the wings, Hayles showed she’s up for the fight as she looks to break into the team.
On a roll
Aston Villa failed to win consecutive league games last season, something they’ve already managed to do this term.
Back-to-back wins, given the manner in which they’ve had to fight for victory, will give the squad a massive boost.
Competition is fierce in the FA Women’s Championship this season, and putting together consecutive wins will be key in ensuring Villa are fighting at the top of the table.
Sian Rogers took huge strides last season as she became one of the top keepers in the Championship.
And although Villa have let in four goals in two games, Rogers has made several crucial saves to preserve the points for her side.
Still only in her early twenties, Rogers is only going to get better as the season progresses.
Villa Women return to Villa Park on 8th September (12pm KO) looking for a third straight league win against Blackburn Rovers.
Fans can to purchase online here, from the ticket office at Villa Park or by calling 0333 323 1874.
Supporters can save money by buying online in advance of the fixture, with tickets priced at £5 adults and £2 concessions (U18s and O65s).
Men’s Season Ticket Holders will need to claim their free ticket online ahead of the fixture. On the day, tickets will be priced at £7 adults and £3 concessions.