Sun 01
Hepworth United Ladies FC
Pride Park
R Feherova (17'), M Prebrezova (30'), C Cleary (31'), (63'), J Forrest (44')
FA Cup Success

FA Cup Success

By John Field
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1st Qualifying Round Here We Come

Hepworth welcomed Pride Park ladies to Far Lane as this seasons SSE Womens FA Cup campaign got under way with Hepworth hoping to progress into the 1st qualifying round for the first time in their short history. Having been knocked out in the Pre Preliminary round last season they were already one round better having been drawn in tie number 11 v Pride Park who were playing in the competion for the first time. Winning the toss and opting to play up the slope in the first half Pride Park were soon under pressure from Hepworth who were looking to get an early lead. With just 5 minutes on the clock Paige Green made a great run from inside her own half before dispatching a 30 yard effort that just whistled over the bar hitting the roof of the net. From the resulting goal kick the Pride Park keeper kicked the ball straight to Hannah Nicholl whos shot was blocked before being cleared away in desperation. The quarter hour mark was fast approaching and Pride Park werte still pegged deep in their own half defending doggedly, but they survived again as Hepwoerth moved the ball from one end of the pitch to the other as first Paige Green worked the ball to Renata Feherova whos pass set up Hannah Nicholl but her shot was fired straight at the keeper. Hepworth finally got their deserved goal on 17 minutes when Renata feherovas pressure on the left wing forced an error and she bore down on goal and sent a vicious drive past the keeper into the far corner to make it 1-0. The home side kept up the pressure and won a free kick on 22 minutes but Claire Berry saw her effort go just wide, and less than a minute later Pride Park defended superbly as Claudia Cleary saw her initial shot blocked and the rebound also in a great double save by the keeper. All the pressure finally paid dividends on the half hour mark as Merita prebrezova hit an outstanding 30 yard shot over the keeper and under the bar to extend Hepworths lead to 2-0. Straight from the restart Feherova again pressed hard and won the ball setting off towards goal and at the last minute she unselfishly squared the ball to Claudia Cleary who had an easy tap in from a yard out to make it 3-0. Hepworthn were now looking to be in full control as Pride Park looked a little shell shocked and to be honest they hadnt played too bad at all, but had seen the home side play some fantastic football, limiting their visitors to very few real chances though on the odd occasion rebecca Harper had to be quick off her line or the defence of Ophelia Donlon and Becky kirk were forced to work as was Lucy Pickles and Paige Green. But all too often Green and Pickles were allowed the space to push forward and back up the hard working Cleary and Feherova in attack. Just before half time Hepworth more or less put the game to bed as Green once again worked her magic in defence, turning it into an attacking move she ran clear and set up club catain Jo Forrest who timed her run well and beat the offside trap to race clear and around the keeper who stood up well before slotting the ball into the net for a 4-0 half time lead.
Eight minutes after the restart Hepworth introduced 16 year old Catrina Govan for her FA Cup debut as a straighjt swap for Lucy Pickles who had a great first game back after a couple of years away from the game. Pride Park now had to force the pace to try get back into the match and were pushing forward in numbers but Hepworth dug in and held their lines well, chasing and closing down well as Forrest and Prebrezova worked hard with Cleary and Feherova. Hannah Nicholl played her usual game and worked the lone striker role well and was unfortunate not to be on the score sheet but for some good goalkeeping throughout the match. On 63 minutes captain Jo forrest intercepted a ball just in Pride Parks half as they looked to build up an attack. forrest then played a great ball out to Claudia Cleary who had made a great run forward on the right, latching onto the pass she pushed forward before hitting a ferocious drive over the keeper into the net against the run of play to make it 5-0. Imeadiately Pride Park hit straight back and finally breached the Hepworth goal to make it 5-1 and give themselves a glimmer of hope. the second half petered out somewhat as hepworth were willing to let Pride Parkmhave the ball in their own half and the visitors pushed players forward. Kirk, Donlon, govan and Green all had to work hard as Pride Park pushed forward but all too often it was a long hopeful ball that was easy to deal with, and if an error of judgement was made by one player another Hepworth defender was there to clean up in a great team performance. Lisa parry replaced Jo Forrest in centre midfield as the home side rested their captain following a recent injury issue and Parry was soon into the thick off it with some quality passing and tackling from the off.
Hepworth made their final change with 15 minutes to go as Rebecca Purchon came on at right back pushing catrina Govan on to the right wing with claudia Cleary moving up top as hannah Nicholl was replaced following her exhausting efforts. With imeadiate effect purchons pace put Hepworth on the front foot again as they opened up the visitors defence forcing several corners and causing mayhem in their defence, with the keeper again pulling off some great saves. On 83 minutes Catrina Govan saw her shot go narrowly wide and then just three minutes later her good run into the box to latch onto a great pass was ended as she was clattered from behind and won her team a penalty when it was easier to let her have the ball and keep her facing away from the goal. Claire Berry was very unselfish and gave up her chance of the penalty to let Claudia Cleary have the chance to claim her "Hat Trick" from the spot but she agonisingly put the kick just wide of the post.
The result was already in the bag however and Hepworth just ran the clock down for the final few minutes to prgress to the 1st qualifying round with another home tie v Blackburn Community Women FC to be played at Far Lane on the 22nd of September.
the player of the match award was a very close call as no single player had a bad game but several stood out and took virtually all of the votes, Renata Feherova, Claudia Cleary and Paige Green with the latter claiming the accolade in what was quite possibly her best game ever for the club.
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Match date

Sun 01, Sep 2019



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Paige Green

Player of the match

Paige Green