Women's Football keep winning
(26 February 2011)
The women’s football team continue to dominate the Northern Conference 2B after a composed display against Sunderland gave them an 8-1 victory.
Determination was apparent throughout the match with the ball remaining in Durham’s possession and continually being placed into potential goal situations. Sunderland were refused time on the ball and each pass was hunted down by the defenders. Club Captain Maeve Clarke made some decisive clearances to steer the ball away from danger, minimising chances of Sunderland breaking the Durham defence.
A great ball from Clarke set up a chance for Anna Pilkington to make a dash into the box, forcing a corner. With nothing produced from the corner it was left to Robin Chidester to take a strike minutes later after a through ball from Emily Chesbro landed at her feet. The ball sailed over the defence and made an imprint in the net. Durham’s campaign for victory had begun.
It wasn’t long before a second goal emerged. With Rylee O’Dowd supporting the midfield, Pilkington had space take a pass from Chelsea Miazgowicz down the line. Approaching the side netting, Pilkington skillfully took the ball inside of the keeper to give Durham a 2-0 lead. Sunderland weren’t going to let Durham take an easy win and began to step up their game, managing to squeeze the ball through the midfield and into their attacking half. However, the Durham defence could not be deceived and the ball was effortlessly stolen back from the visitors.
A dispute soon arose when Chidester forced the ball to the line, giving Emily Clarke the chance to remain open and side foot in the third goal of the match. Despite the Sunderland goalkeeper persisting that the ball went offside, Durham held onto their lead and secured the first half 5-0 following the completion of a hatrick from Chidester after a volley home and a connection with a Pilkington cross from the edge of the box.
There was no way out of defeat for Durham’s counterparts who continued to be dominated in the second half regardless of a more offensive attitude. The resilient defensive line of Maeve Clarke, Helen Thomas and O’Dowd could not be penetrated and the visitors started to fall down to the challenge. Chidester continued her quest to net the ball and earned another three after Lucie Cardwell demonstrated notable work on the left hand side. Yet Sunderland did not go home empty handed after a slip in the penalty box gave them a consolation goal in the final minutes of the match.
The team hope to remain at their best when the play Leeds University in the league and Northern Conference Cup in the next two weeks. A win in the Cup will take them through to the finals where they will play either Edge Hill or Manchester Met.