Match Report: UCLan Women’s Smash 13 Past Robert Gordon

By Ailsa Cowen - Reporter

The UCLan women’s football team breezed through to the next round of the BUCS Trophy with an emphatic 13-1 win against Robert Gordon.

After previously beating RG 5–0 in last year first round of the BUCS Trophy, UCLAN were keen to remain unbeaten and to give the Scots a hard game.

It took UCLAN only four minutes get on the score sheet. Cherelle Archibald won the ball in oppositions box, took control of the ball and chipped the ball over RG goalkeeper Amy MacLeod’s out stretched hand.

Shortly after, UCLAN won themselves a corner. Ellie Schuller took the it and Tiff Robinson directed the ball towards goal but MacLeod managed to pull off a vital save.

Despite their early lead UCLAN struggled to score again until Archibald sent another shot into the back of the net 14 minutes in to double their lead.

Archibald secured a first-half hat-trick after beating several defenders she shot despite the best efforts of defender Rachel Pirie who tried to block her shot.

Half an hour into the first half, Philly Stephens sprinted down the left wing and sent the ball towards the bottom left corner but goalkeeper MacLeod just tapped the ball out for a corner with her foot.

It took 32 minutes for Robert Gordon to find the back of the net. Ruth Horkan took a shot on the edge of the penalty box, sending in a high, long shot that slid past UCLAN keeper Jess Poots’ hands as she jumped to make the save.

After a quiet period, 40 minutes in, Schuller scored another goal for UCLAN. Goalkeeper MacLeod dived towards the ball but failed to save it.

Another goal speedily followed for UCLAN with captain Robinson gaining herself a goal.

Jamie Connolly sent a through ball to Philly Stephens who charged towards the box. Despite falling in the box, she still managed to poke the ball into the back of the net.

The second half kicked off with UCLAN creating chance after chance.

UCLAN quickly sustained their rhythm from the first half and it paid dividends as just five minutes into the second half, Stephens extended UCLan’s lead to make the scoreline 7-1.

Substitution Shauna Messenger proved herself to be a valuable asset in the second half. She scored her first goal eight minutes after coming on at half-time.

She received a cross from the left wing and pelted the ball into the goal. Stephens quickly added another goal making the score 9 – 1.

60 minutes gone and Robert Gordon could not seem to win the ball back.

Messenger scored again. She kicked the ball in, which hit the bar but still slid into the back of the net, past the hands of goalkeeper MacLeod.

Messenger again found herself with the ball in front of goal and added another to score UCLan’s 11th goal of the afternoon.

Numerous free kicks were awarded during the second half as Robert Gordon became more desperate to score whilst UCLAN were hungry to keep adding to the scoresheet.

70 minutes in UCLAN won a penalty. Robert Gordon goalkeeper Amy MacLeod slid into UCLAN captain Robinson.

The captain took the penalty but MacLeod made a great save, denying the captain a goal.

Messenger added another goal for UCLAN with 10 minutes left to make the score was 12 – 1.

Late on in the second half, Schuller scored again for UCLAN, just before the ref blew the final whistle to round off the scoring on a fantastic afternoon for the team.

UCLAN Women’s Football Coach Tim Tack said: “I was really proud of all of the girls today, they worked hard throughout the game for each other and really clicked as a team.

“At half time the skipper said to the girls that we needed to get the ball moving quicker around the pitch to beat the offside trap, when the second half started we were caught out by the trap a few times and then we put our team talk into action, we played faster and took less touches which allowed us to get runners in behind and score a hatful of goals.

“I hope we can carry on where we left off next week against York.”

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