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Ladies Reach Cup Semi-Final

10 March 2015

Whitchurch 0-9 Shrewsbury Town

SUBS: J. Brown, Arenas.

: Cleveley, Francis, Broome, Winton, R.Owen, Hicks, P. Owen (c), Bradshaw, Sewell, Prior, Turner. SHREWSBURY TOWN LADIES TEAM

Town will be back in league action on 22 March when Bradwell Belles are the visitors to London Road.

"I thought Cristina did okay," said Evans.

"It was a hard game to come into, being her first game in English football.

"Over time she will get used to the pace of the game and the physicality of the league. Once Cristina is settled into the team I'm sure she will become a very key member of the squad."


New signing Cristina Arenas made her debut in the second half and Evans was happy with her contribution.

"It's great to be in the semi-final.

"We started the game very poorly by our standards which was disappointing.

"It was very scrappy but once the first goal went in we settled and started to get our rhythm going.

"At half-time we needed to regroup and we spoke about little aspects we needed to work on, and in the second half we did that.

"Whitchurch made it hard for us at the start but in the end our class shone through.

"We switched a couple of things round a bit to look at different systems. Jess Hicks did very well at left back and got herself a deserved goal.

"The back three as a whole were solid throughout and protected Beth in goal very well.

"Once we settled we took them apart, and in the second half we were more like our ruthless self.

"The big plus from this season is the amount of goals we are scoring, coupled with the fact we are not conceding an awful lot.

"We addressed that in the summer and so far it is going very well on that part. We have 5-6 layers in double figures already, thats some going. "
Ladies Manager Sean Evans said afterwards:

As the game drew to its conclusion, striker Tania Prior helped herself to a couple of goals which completed her hat-trick, and the scoreline of 9-0.

Owen took the penalty, which was saved by the keeper, but it fell nicely back to Owen who fired past the keeper.

Turner looked to have grabbed her second of the game but was brought down with the goal gaping, a penalty was awarded.

The ball came out to Hicks who drilled a shot towards goal, it took a deflection on the way in which wrong footed the keeper and into the empty net.

Town's Jess Hicks, who was operating in an unfamiliar left back role, added a sixth goal in the 67th minute.

The goals started to flow again for the away side with both Prior and Owen getting in on the act to make it 5-0.

In the second half, Town came out looking more ruthless and fired up.

Town completed the first half scoring with midfielder Daisy Bradshaw bundling home to make it 3-0.

Broome could of got herself a couple of more goals, causing mayhem in the Whitchurch box, the home side were really struggling to deal with the presence of Town's number five.

The game was now swaying in the direction of the away side. Town doubled their lead through Tash Broome, meeting a Penny owen corner to powerfully head past the keeper.

Town started to settle into the game, and the first goal came from Turner just after the 20th minute, latching onto a through ball to slot well past the keeper, taking her season total to 21 goals.

It took until the 17th minute for Town to carve out their first opputunity, Prior firing just wide of the keepers right hand post.

The hosts started the game the brighter with Town failing to get any sort of momentum in their play going.

A hat-trick from Portugeuse striker Tania Prior, two from Penny Owen, and a goal apiece for Bradshaw, Broome, Hicks and top scorer Nat Turner sets up a semi-final date with Stone Dominoes at London Road.

Shrewsbury Town Ladies secured their place in the semi-final of the Staffordshire League Cup after a strong display at local rivals Whitchurch on Sunday.


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