Match: Aston Villa Women v Sheffield United Women
Competition: Continental League Cup
Date: Saturday 19th October 2019
Venue: Boldmere St Michaels FC
Richards 21, Syme 23, Hayles 53
Kosinska, Haigh, Richards, Franklin, Ale, Ewers, Syme (West), Hanssen, Hayles (Greengrass), Haywood (Hutton), Welsh. Unused subs: Warner, Johnson, N’Dow, Follis.
Story in brief
A slick performance saw Aston Villa Women pick up their first win of the League Cup group stage against Sheffield United.
The game sprung into life in the space of three first half minutes when Jade Richards headed home from a corner and Emily Syme coolly rounded the keeper and netted her first goal for the club.
Shania Hayles’ smart turn and finish made it 3-0 before Jade Pennock pulled one back for the visitors.
Richards was sent-off in the final minute of stoppage time for denying a goalscoring opportunity, with Daniela Kosinska superbly saving the resulting penalty.
Squad rotation pays dividends
The three goalscorers made the most of their opportunity in the starting XI under the lights.
All three have found playing time limited as Villa made a bright start to the season but they staked their claim against the Blades.
Richards was unfortunate to be sent-off, marring a great performance, with the defender seemingly taking the ball before Pennock went to shoot.
Adding to a dominant performance, Jodie Hutton made a welcome return to the pitch.
Last season’s top scorer suffered an injury in pre-season and has been working her way back to fitness ever since.
The winger came through 20 minutes unscathed, with fans delighted to see her back in the thick of it.
Young stopper shines
With number one Sian Rogers out of action with a shoulder injury, Daniela Kosinska has stepped up to the plate.
Despite being only 18, the ‘keeper looked assured and confident on the ball against the Blades.
And she showed tremendous ability to pull off a penalty save in the final seconds, diving low to keep the ball out of the bottom corner.
Aston Villa Women have a huge game against Durham to look forward to next Sunday at Boldmere St Michaels.
It’s first versus third in the FA Women’s Championship, and you can be there to support the team by buying your ticket online here.