A 4-0 win for WBA Women against Stourbridge Ladies saw the hosts secure their spot in the Women’s County Cup final after a dominant second-half display.
Both sides entered the final four of the competition following comprehensive victories in the previous round. The Baggies came into the game off the back of a 5-1 win against Leafield Athletic last time out, while the Glassgirls ran out victors against Solihull Sporting in a 6-0 affair.
It was therefore no surprise to see a highly contested opening half-hour at Coles Lane. The opening chance fell to Stourbridge’s Alex Nicklin, picking up the ball inside the Albion half thanks to a misplaced pass before forcing West Brom’s no.1 Poppy Bastock into a save.
The hosts responded with plenty of action from the wings, with Hannah George and Shannon Stamps sending in inviting deliveries to the box but lacked that clinical edge.
The Glassgirls continued to cause issues up the other end, forcing a free-kick right on the edge of the box but Hannah Fishwick’s shot on goal was fired well over.
Moments before the break, another searching deep cross from the right by Albion caused havoc in the Stourbridge box, with the visitors' miscued clearance dropping to Leigh Dugmore who slotted home the opener.
After an even first-half, Jenny Sugarman’s side capitalised on their momentum early into the second. A deep free-kick by George reached the back-post, finding Trina Greaves who headed wide of the target.
A quick passage of play saw George and Stamps link-up on the far side before driving into the box. A coming together inside the area resulted in the referee pointing to the spot. Dugmore stepped up to the spot and fired down the middle into the roof of the net. No chance for the keeper.
Albion continued their quest for more goals with a run down the right by Stamps, the no. 17’s cross evading goalkeeper Amie Preston before Kerry Walklett tucked home at the back post to make it three in the 70th minute.
With just ten minutes left on the clock, a short corner routine by Stamps to Albion substitute Mariam Mahmood caught out the Stour defence, with the no. 25 placing the ball into the bottom left corner to make it four.
While West Brom controlled the game in the second, Stourbridge gave a strong account of themselves, causing issues for the Albion defence on numerous occasions. Ultimately, the Glassgirls lacked that cutting edge which sees them miss out on a spot in the final.
WBA Women will now face local rivals Wolves in the final of the Women’s County Cup after beating Boldmere St. Michaels 5-0.
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