Power shift in city women’s foot­ball

Hamilton News - - Front Page - Tom Row­land

Hamil­ton Wan­der­ers se­cured a dom­i­nant 5-0 win over cross-town ri­vals Claude­lands Rovers to move to third in the LOTTONRFL pre­mier women’s league.

On Wed­nes­day night, more than 100 peo­ple de­scended onto Gal­loway Park to watch the first Hamil­ton derby game of the 2018 win­ter foot­ball sea­son.

Hamil­ton Wan­der­ers had five former Claude­lands play­ers in their start­ing line up as He­len Tal­bot, Kelli Brown, Emma Cawte and Ella Golding all made the switch to Wan­der­ers at the start of the sea­son.

Claude­lands were still with­out striker Leanna Ryan, but started the game well with the larger share of chances in the first half, and came close hit­ting the cross­bar 20 min­utes in.

Like pre­vi­ous games how­ever, they were un­able to put away the chances when they were pre­sented with them and on the stroke of half time it was one of the five former play­ers that gave Wan­der­ers the lead.

Kelli Brown was given too much space to run into on the right wing af­ter pick­ing up a loose ball and was able to place her shot calmly past Claude­lands keeper Georgia Wil­liams.

There was an ex­tended amount of stop­page time for an in­jury to Wan­der­ers goal­keeper Georgia Candy who was down for five min­utes. The added time brought com­ments of con­cern from some Claude­lands fans who be­lieved the seven min­utes added was un­jus­ti­fied.

More anger en­sued from Claude­lands when Wan­der­ers found a sec­ond goal at the end of ex­tra time giv­ing them a 2-0 goal lead at the half time break.

In the sec­ond half Claude­lands con­tin­ued to fight and cre­ate chances, but were un­able to find the back of the net.

Wan­der­ers then pro­ceeded to turn on the style as tired legs kicked in for their op­po­si­tion.

Kim Maguire was left in too much space in the box and was com­posed in her fin­ish putting a third past Wil­liams.

Sub­sti­tute Chelsea El­liot then got in on the act with a free kick from third yards out.

Her shot looped over Wil­liams and found the gap to dip in be­tween the keeper and cross­bar and put Wan­der­ers 4-0 up.

In the dy­ing min­utes of the game Brown scored her fifth and the goal of the game find­ing the back of the net from the small­est of acute an­gles.

Us­ing her pace down the right side of the pitch, she beat the Claude­lands de­fence and fired the ball past Wil­liams.

The win now moves Wan­der­ers up to third and level with For­rest Hill on the ta­ble. Wan­der­ers will have the chance to fur­ther climb the lad­der on Sun­day when they re­turn home to play Western Springs.

Claude­lands are still with­out a point all sea­son and will now head to Pa­pakura on Sun­day with their last chance to pick up points in the first round of fix­tures.

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