Solihull Ladies 1
Wolves 1 (Selmes 32)
After Extra Time (Wolves win 3-1 on penalties)
Wolves Women laboured to a penalty shootout win over Solihull Ladies to reach the semi finals of the Birmingham County Cup on Sunday afternoon.
A battling start saw both sides look to control the game from midfield, but neither side were able to dictate play.
Wolves took the lead on 32 minutes when a Lauren Williams free-kick was poked home by Dani Selmes.
Both sides were struggling to create chances in a combative match, and Wolves were unable to create another opening until early in the second half, when Selmes fired over with defenders in close attention.
Solihull began to create chances of their own, with goalkeeper Natalie Hall forced into some good saves to keep Wolves ahead.
Whilst Wolves were able to get away with defensive errors in the first half, they were punished before the hour mark when Solihull equalised. A free-kick was allowed to bounce in front of the goalkeeper and Solihull netted from close range to level the tie.
Wolves should have been back in front two minutes later, but Selmes could only fire at the keeper when through on goal.
Hall was forced into another good save on 66 minutes, before Selmes was once again denied by the Solihull keeper.
The two sides could not be separated over 90 minutes, and extra time saw Anna Perks go close with a volley before Hall made a superb save at the death to force penalties.
And Hall was the hero once more in the shootout, superbly saving two Solihull penalties to send Wolves into the semi final, with Laura McQuilkin, Lauren Williams Selmes converting from the spot.
After the game, manager Trevor Mullings was relieved to get through. He said: “I’m pleased to have reached the semi finals, but we made things far too difficult for ourselves.
“We passed well at times but just did not create enough and made too many silly mistakes. I’m expecting a big improvement next week.”
Team: N. Hall, Large (Stanton), Palin, Widdal, Rimmer (Williams), Hakeman (James), Perks, Timmins-Ray (B. Hall), McQuilkin, Hewitt (Luke), Selmes.