Match: Aston Villa Women v Liverpool Women
Competition: Continental League Cup
Date: Saturday 2nd November 2019
Venue: Boldmere St Michaels FC
Follis 6, Syme 83
Rogers, Haigh, Richards, N’Dow, Ewers, West, Hanssen (Syme), Follis (Hayles), Greengrass, Haywood, Johnson (Welsh). Unused subs: Warner, Hutton, Kosinska, Ale.
Story in brief
Aston Villa Women produced a superb team performance to beat Super League side Liverpool in the League Cup.
The game got off to the perfect start when Emma Follis fired home from the edge of the box after just six minutes.
Villa controlled possession and restricted their opponents, missing chances to extend their lead.
But substitute Emily Syme made no mistake seven minutes from time when she curled the ball past the Liverpool ‘keeeper to secure a memorable win.
Emma Follis swapped Super League football in the summer in order to come back to the club that she calls home.
And her quality was there for all to see on Saturday night with just six minutes on the clock.
The winger worked a yard of space on the edge of the box before firing a right-footed shot into the top corner.
Super League credentials
Villa have their eyes firmly set on promotion to the Super League this season.
So the visit of Liverpool was a great opportunity to see how the team fared against the top tier Reds.
And for long periods, the home side dominated possession, coolly picking apart Liverpool’s defence and creating plenty of chances.
The rearguard action was equally impressive, with Jade Richards and Elisha N’Dow marshalling the visiting strikers superbly.
Syme on the scoresheet
Emily Syme scored against Sheffield United in Villa’s last League Cup outing, and the midfielder was at it again on Saturday night.
The summer signing played a one-two with Kerri Welsh on the halfway line, setting her racing away behind the defence.
And with all the composure in the world, she sent a superb curling effort past Anke Preuss.
Aston Villa Women have a two-week break before they’re back in FA Women’s Championship action.
Gemma Davies’ side take on Coventry United looking to extend their lead at the top of the table.