MATCH REPORT: WEST BROMWICH ALBION WOMEN 5-1 LEAFIELD ATHLETIC LADIES
WBA Women secured their spot in the Women’s County Cup semi-finals with an emphatic 5-1 victory against Leafield Athletic Ladies.
The quarter-final encounter saw both sides pushing strongly for the opener, but the hosts soon established control with an early lead in the seventh minute.
Leafield’s clearance from an early Albion corner dropped to Shannon Stamps on the far side, with the no.17 cutting inside from the left-hand side of the penalty area before curling the ball into the top-right corner.
West Brom gained momentum after the opening goal, with forward Mariam Mahmood looking lively. The no.25 almost played Emma Congrave through on goal but the Leafield no.1, Anna Miller, was alert to the danger.
She was soon rewarded for her efforts though, with Stamps finding Mahmood in front of goal, before rounding the keeper and tapping home for Albion’s second in the 25th minute.
Albion saw plenty of the ball for the remainder of the first-half, with the best chance falling to skipper Hannah George, forcing a save from Miller from a deep free-kick.
The Baggies continued in a similar fashion after the break, with Congrave’s effort finding Mahmood but was denied from close-range by Miller’s low stop.
Stamps continued to cause issues for the visitors, with the no.17 finding space on the right for the cross. Her delivery evaded the on-rushing Leafield goalkeeper with George heading home for a 3-0 lead in the 55th minute.
Leafield responded quickly with a shot from distance testing the gloves of Poppy Bastock. Katie Johnson caused issues on the left-hand side too, finding space in behind but showed too much of the ball for the Albion no.1 to gather.
West Brom substitute Portia Langley-Wright looked to get amongst the goals from the off, grabbing two chances in quick succession after finding space in behind but both efforts were dealt with by Leafield.
Leigh Dugmore grabbed her first goal of the afternoon moments later with a low effort from the edge of the box, squeezing into the bottom right corner.
A fifth for Albion soon followed, with Langley-Wright slotting home with a through ball from fellow substitute Kerry Walklett splitting the Leafield defence.
The visitors had a goal of their own seconds later, courtesy of Albion defender Izzy Green deflecting the ball into her own net to make it 5-1 in the 81st minute.
A flurry of late drama to conclude another match in the Women’s County Cup.
West Bromwich Albion Women will now face one of either Stourbridge, Boldmere St. Michaels or local rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers in the semi-finals.
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