Hull United Ladies win womens senior cup final
EAST RIDING FA Womens SENIOR CUP FINAL
History was made after Hull United Ladies defeated AFC Preston in the first ever Women's Senior Cup Final to be staged at the MKM Stadium.
The victory for Hull United means they have completed a league and cup for the first time in their history with Lewis Poucher's ladies managing to serve up their best performance of the season so far.
AFC Preston will be disappointed with the score line but deserve great credit for their effort and determination throughout the course of the 90 minutes.
An goal after just two minutes for Hull United's Amy Ward set the top tone for a dominant display with United being relentless with their drive towards the Preston goal. It wasn't one way traffic though and AFC Preston manager Trevor Lindsey will have been pleased with how his side responded to the early setback.
That hard work was undone though with Hull United scoring two goals in quick succession. First Tonya Wild-Storr slotted home a delightful through ball and then just five minutes later Eleanor Robinson scored a goal all of her own making after ghosting in from the wing before putting the ball the under the despairing Megan Toohey in the AFC Preston goal.
That five minute passage of play gave AFC Preston an uphill struggle with over two thirds of the game still to be played, but they did manage to weather the storm and made sure that they reached half time with a glimmer of hope.
The second 45 minutes kicked off in lively fashion with both sides continuing to play the game at an entertaining pace. Unfortunately for AFC Preston it was Hull United who scored next with the decisive fourth goal coming from a long through ball which put the Preston goalkeeper under pressure. A hesitant Toohey tried valiantly to get the ball away the goal but a determined Wild-Storr managed to nick it off her before cooling sliding the ball into the open net.
There was something for the AFC Preston supporters to cheer on the 76th minute when Aimee Lindley scored the pick of the goals after beating Sophie Adamson in the United goal from 35 yards out.
The fightback was quickly curtailed though with Hull United going on to control the game for the remaining 14 minutes.
The final whistle from referee Dennis Drewry brought an end to a fantastic game of football with the Hull United players and coaches going on to lift the trophy in front of their jubilant supporters.
Hull United Ladies
Manager: Lewis Poucher
Starting line up: Sophie Adamson, Samantha Workman, Rebecca Walker, Courtney McConville, Eleanor Robinson, Millie Sharp, Lauran Holmes, Emma Smith, Lauren Tate, Amy Ward, Tonya Wild-Storr.
Substitutes: Charlie Suthaby, Jade Newlove, Millie O'Neill.
AFC Preston Ladies
Manager: Trevor Lindley
Starting line up: Rachel Widdicks, Rosie, Littlewood, Katie Renwick, Paige Conlan, Jade Ferguson, Abigail Edwards, Aimee Lindley, Emily Renwick, Megan Toohie, Laura Wilkinson, Laney Woodhall.
Substitutes: Annissa Haw, Leah Garbutt, Alex Beardshaw, Charlotte Tonkin, Alina Andrei.
Referee: Dennis Drewry
Assistant Referees: Wayne Mallan & Andy Wilkinson
Fourth Official: Kieran Kent