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Last Gasp Cup Defeat

PUBLISHED

22:06 2nd March 2014

by Matt Sacco

Women suffer semi final loss

Wolves 1 (Selmes 32)

Copsewood Coventry 2(Foskett 70, Riley 90)

Wolves Women fell to an agonising last minute goal to crash out of the Birmingham County Cup at the semi final stage.

Wolves dominated the early going, with Dani Selmes forcing a smart save from Nikki Duncan in the Copsewood goal after five minutes.

Wolves continued to control the game, keeping the ball inside the Copsewood half, before taking a deserved lead on 32 minutes, when Selmes perfectly lofted the ball over Duncan and into the net.

A rare Copsewood attack almost drew the game level five minutes later, but Natalie Hall pulled off a great save in the Wolves goal, before the rebound struck the post. 

Wolves raced straight down the pitch, with Leanne Rimmer, pictured, on the break down the right, but Selmes was unable to convert the cross.

Wolves could have doubled their lead before the break, but Anna Perks was denied by some brave defending.

The second half was a different affair, as Copsewood came out and attacked from the restart. Despite their resurgence, Copsewood had keeper Duncan to thank on the hour mark as she produced a stunning fingertip save to deny Amber Quick, who floated her effort goalwards after Selmes’ through ball.

With twenty minutes to go, a defensive error allowed Nicola Foskett to race clear and fire past the on-rushing Hall to level the game.

A scrappy end to the game saw both teams fail to take control, but another Wolves error in the final minute saw Abiyola Riley steer her effort past Hall to steal the game away from Wolves .

Once again Wolves were left to regret not taking their chances and taking advantage of playing the better football.

Manager Trevor Mullings was disappointed with the outcome. He said: “We were slow to react to the second ball and were unable to find our rhythm. In the end two mistakes cost us the game.”


Team: N. Hall, Large, Widdal, Palin (Luke), McQuilkin, Perks, Stanton, Rimmer (Timmins-Ray), Quick, Hewitt, Selmes. Unused Subs: Williams, McElroy, Hakeman.

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