Blues this afternoon were back to their best with a comfortable win over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane . Goals from Gemma Lawley a goal of the season Contender from Martha Harris,Lucy Quinn and the birthday girl Remi Allen scoring back in a blues shirt was the perfect way to extend the unbeaten league run to three games. Blues made a couple of changes with Gemma Lawley and Ivan Fuso coming back into the squad for the game today.
Blues made the perfect start to the game after winning a corner. Lucy Quinn’s ball into the box was met by the centre back Gemma Lawley who powered home the header to make it 0-1, the perfect start for Darren Carter’s team.
Then in the eighth minute blues nearly replicated the first goal when Lucy Quinns corner met the head of Ellie Mason this time, but former Blues Keeper Fran Stenson gathered.
Sheffield United’s first chance of the game came in the 17th minute. A good press from United ended when Isobel Goodwins effort was blocked and Rayner’s ball in the box was gathered up by Lucy Thomas. This was quickly followed when Goodwin was through on goal in the 21st minute but her shot was saved by Thomas.
Then it was 0-2 to Blues through an unbelievable strike from Martha Harris. Harris’s shot from 25 yards flew into the top corner of the net to set up a contender for goal of the season already.
The last chance of the half came for Sheffield United with some good play between Goodwin & Rayner, but it was cleared by the Blues defence in the 42nd minute.
HALF TIME SHEFFIELD UNITED 0-2 BLUES
The first chance of the second half came to Blues. Lucy Quinns shot went wide of the post in the 52nd minute. Two minutes later Quinny got her goal. Charlie Devlin’s cross was volleyed home by Lucy to make it 0-3.
Then in the 68th minute it was Ivanna Fuso’s turn to have a shot on goal. Her powerful shot was heading towards the top corner, but it was brilliantly saved by Fran Stenson.
Blues were in cruise control which was great to see after the disappointing start to the season and it wasn’t over yet. In the 82nd minute the birthday girl Remi Allen got her first goal since coming back to the club. She chased down a lost cause, the Sheffield United players thought it was hand ball but the experienced Allen placed it past Stenson to make it 0-4 and make it an unbelievable day for the girls in Blue .
FULL TIME SHEFFIELD UNITED 0-4 BLUES
MY THOUGHTS ON THE GAME
A brilliant display from the ladies. It was full of quality, commitment and passion which is what we all want to see from start to finish. Blues looked like there were comfortable and apart from one or two moments were always on top . It was also great to see us getting a clean sheet which will please Lucy Thomas & Goalkeeping Coach Tony Elliot . What was also great to see was that we didn’t start slow like against Sunderland. We were pressing and looking to trouble the Blades right from the kick off and got our reward from Lucy Quinns corner to find the head of Gemma Lawley to put the nerves at ease . Then when Martha scored with that unbelievable strike Blues fans could begin to breathe a Sigh of relief . Quinny with all the hard work in the first half deserved her goal and we all wanted to see the birthday girl Remi Allen score to help cap off the perfect away day. We need to keep this momentum going cause like last season we know what it can do for this team.
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
I could go for Martha for her unbelievable goal, but I have to go for Lucy Quinn her first half display was great, getting an assist and getting her well deserved goal was a performance she should be proud of.
Next up we are at St Andrews to face newly promoted Watford 14:00 kick off , it’s the game allocated as
KRO STEPHEN GILL