Ladies Unlucky In Defeat To Leeds United
Alnwick Town were only minutes away from a famous FA Cup victory, only to be denied by a cruel own goal and then defeat in extra time to Leeds United.
|Alnwick Town||2-3||Leeds United|
|Patterson J (1m, 52m)||(AET)||Jeffels R (27m)|
|Own Goal (85m)|
|Lee E (103m)|
The giantkillers were almost at it again at St James' Park in the SSE Women's FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round. Alnwick Town Ladies made a name for themselves last season in the FA Cup, most notably handing out a 5-0 hammering to Rotherham United before bowing out to Burnley in the 1st Round proper. They didn't do themselves justice in that game, but they more than made up for it in this one.
There was a pre-match buzz around the ground at St James' Park, in the game kindly sponsored by Specsavers. Alnwick Town Junior mascots led the Ladies out for the game against arguably the biggest name they've faced since forming last season.
Alnwick forced an early corner within a minute of the kick off, and what a start it proved to be. Kirstie Tang's delivery was met by the head of Jenny Patterson who directed her effort low into the bottom corner. 1-0 to the home side with a minute on the clock.
Jenny Patterson almost doubled the lead on 5 minutes, but her effort was straight into the hands of Payne.
It was a frantic start to the game, end to end, and on 14 minutes Leeds almost got back into the game, but Robinson was alert for a last ditch tackle to block from Campbell.
A minute later, Kitty Lindley in goal for Alnwick would set her tone for the game, saving well from Campbell and then White in the 22nd minute.
Leeds would draw level in the 27th minute. A move down the right was met by Jeffels 5 yards out who couldn't miss. (1-1).
Hearts in the mouth moment around the half hour mark. Campbell beat the offside trap, and as Lindley rushed out of her goal, the striker went down on the edge of the box. No free kick given, no card, goal kick awarded.
Jade Barrett would have Alnwick's 2 remaining chances of the 1st half, but neither connected sweetly and were collected comfortably by the keeper. Half Time 1-1.
2nd half and Leeds thought they had the ball over the line from a corner, but an Alnwick defender appeared to clear off the line much to the relief of the home crowd.
52 minutes in, and Alnwick found themselves back in the lead. A ball over the top to Patterson, who hit her effort early which lofted over Payne and into the net. 2-1 to the home side. Giantkilling back on!
The final 30 minutes saw Alnwick penned back for the majority of the time, with Leeds pushing for an equaliser, but they were finding Lindley in great form, saving well and collecting crosses comfortably.
85 minutes and controversy. Jenny Patterson tracking back and tackling appeared to be kicked by the Leeds forward whilst taking a shot. Freekick awarded to the visitors. From the resulting freekick, substitute Emma Lee stepped up and cracked her effort off the crossbar, only for the ball to hit off the back of Lindley and roll agonisingly into the goal. 2-2.
Alnwick were running on empty, and Emma Lee almost won it in 90 minutes, striking the bar from distance, but this time it bounced down and away from goal.
Full Time - 2-2 - Extra Time to play.
Lindley was keeping Alnwick in the game, as the home side tried desperately tried to get out of their own half during extra time, saving well again from Campbell, and Georgia Latto would head an effort off the line.
103 minutes on the clock, and another dubious freekick awarded to the away side, around 30 yards out from goal. Emma Lee stepped up and her effort again struck the woodwork, this time going straight in off the post. A hell of a strike, and the visitors led for the first time on the day.
Alnwick pushed up the park but couldn't trouble the visitor's goal, as Leeds played down the clock at every opportunity to see the game out and progress to the next round.
A great effort from the lasses who can be proud of their performance, pushing another side well above them in the pyramind all the way.
Team: Lindley, Hately (McFall), Goodall, Thompson, Robinson, Tang, Henderson (Grisdale), Patterson, Barrett (Stafford), Johnston, Darling (Latto)
Unused: Mossman, Foster, Young
Big thank you to today's match sponsor Specsavers, along with Ladies sponsors Elite Fitness, The Bonny Hoose Company and Alnwick Youth Hostel.
Thank you to all who came along to St James' Park to support the team. The lasses really appreciated your support today.
Thank you to Adrian Mason, Jonny Mason and Steve Miller for the photographs provided. More available to view on their Facebook and Twitter pages.