West Ham United Women 4 (3)
Ross (25, 49 Pen)
Lewes FC Women 1 (1)
FA Women’s Continental Tyres Cup South Group 2
26th August 2018
Lewes shocked their Super League hosts here when Danielle Lane rose highest to bury a 7th minute header from a Kate McIntyre corner. West Ham recovered to score through Jane Ross and player-of-the-match Leanne Kiernan before a goal from Julia Simic and a second-half Jane Ross penalty added a gloss that the hosts just about deserved.
Lewes were forced to make a late change when Natasha Wells picked up an injury in the warm-up. Rebecca Carter led the line, with Sammy Quayle wide on the right and Lane in behind, ahead of Kate McIntyre and Leeta Rutherford.
Lewes weathered an early Hammers storm, Faye Baker tipping over a powerful close-range Brooke Hendrix header, before taking the game to the hosts. Leeta Rutherford made a solid midfield challenge to release Quayle. Well-marshalled by Flaherty, she did well to win a corner. McIntyre delivered from the right and Lane leapt above her markers to power past Moorhouse. 0-1.
West Ham’s response was swift and deadly. Kiernan thought she’d scored on the quarter-hour, racing onto a sharp through-ball before sides-stepping the on-rushing Baker, her shot nestling into the side-netting. Moments later the teams were level, Jane Ross showing her class with a world-class strike from 22 yards.
If the crowd though that was good, they were left breathless four minutes later. Kiernan, back to goal on the edge of the D, took the ball down, swivelled and curled a right-foot strike that dipped over Baker and in off the underside of the crossbar. 2-1. West Ham had the wind at there backs and the bit between their teeth. They made it three just past the half-hour, Julia Simic finishing low past Baker after great work by Ross. HT 3-1.
The rain returned with the players for the second half and things got worse for Lewes when they conceded a penalty on 49 minutes, Taylor adjudged to have fouled her opponent. Ross lashed home for 4-1. Undaunted, Lewes redoubled their efforts. Taylor, combative, alert, working tirelessly alongside Thompson-Agbro, McIntyre and Rutherford.. Despite West Ham’s superior pace, Lewes bravely held a high defensive line for the rest of the match.
Just after the hour Shannon Moloney replaced Charlotte Owen before Lewes bloodied two debutants, Rosie Paye, on for Rebecca Carter, and Georgia Robert for the excellent Boswell. Lane has one more notable break, storming past two defenders before a perfectly-timed tackle by Rafferty ended her run. FT 4-1.
MATCH HIGHLIGHTS HERE (c/o West Ham TV)
Manager John Donoghue was philosophical after the match.
“The game was very challenging, as were the conditions. I was pleased for Dani and the players, they deserved their goal and gave a good account of themselves. We faced a set-back when Tash (Wells) was unable to play, but I was really pleased with how the players adapted to the late change. They slotted in seamlessly, really.”
On Millwall away (9th September).
“We picked up a couple of knocks today so those need to be assessed. It (the FA Women’s Championship opener) will be against a very different Millwall side. It’ll be an interesting game for us to play.”
West Ham United
Anna MOORHOUSE, Brooke HENDRIX, Gilly FLAHERTY, Alisha LEHMANN (58), Leanne KIERNAN, Jane ROSS, Julia SIMIC, Claire RAFFERTY, Kate LONGHURST (65), Brianna VISALLI, REICHARDT
Subs: Becky SPENCER, Ria PERCIVAL (65), Vyan SAMPSON, Rosie KMITA, Esme DE GRAAF (58)
Faye BAKER, Charley BOSWELL (77), Rebecca THOMPSON-AGBRO, Amy TAYLOR,, Leeta RUTHERFORD, Kate McINTYRE, Victoria CARLETON, Charlotte OWEN, (64) Dani LANE, Samantha QUAYLE, Rebeca CARTER (71)
Subs: Rebecca CARTER, Shannon MOLONEY (64), Rosie PAYE (71), Georgia ROBERT (77), Natasha WELLS, Nina WILSON
Booked: Amy TAYLOR
Referee: Jamie Pope
Assistants: Reece Pinchpank, Joseph Gray