By Gary Cooper
On a cold and damp afternoon in the wilds of Bronte country Leeds Ladies FC faced a very brave and determined Keighley Oaks in the County Cup and ran out 15-0 winners in a game that saw Leeds Ladies FC records equalled, created and then matched. The score line itself eclipsed the previous club best, the 9-0 defeat of Tingley Reserves in the last round, and the three hat tricks in a single game record was equalled (Emma Bentley, Shelbey Morris and Bianca Ross). Quite an achievement in itself but more records were to come. First Shelbey Morris scored four goals either side of half time setting a record for the most goals scored by a player in one game, a record that lasted no more than ten minutes before it was equalled by Bianca Ross whose determination up front paid off as she hit four goals with only minutes left in the game.
The result meant that in its very first season the club has reached the quarter finals of a cup competition and will now face Ossett Albion Ladies in January as serious contenders for a semi final place.
On the pitch regular first team goal keeper, Lauryn Colman, was replaced by supporters club player of the month for October and striker Carey ‘Kez’ Huegett allowing Colman a much needed rest too nurse a knee injury sustained during training. In truth Kez didn’t have a save to make but provided assists from goal kicks for at least two of the Leeds goals. With fifteen minutes left Kez was allowed to take her usual place up front as Lauryn replaced Hannah Campbell, who kept up her goal scoring record with another fine strike, and it didn’t take Kez long to score from a cheeky back heeled rebound off the keeper.
Erin White (ably replaced by Jemma White in the second half) and Lauren Griffiths dominated the midfield and despite their determination to work themselves into the game the Keighley Oaks girls just didn’t get a chance as time and again Leeds battled and won possession setting up attack after attack. The Keighley keeper pulled off save after save keeping the score to only 15. Griffiths was cruelly denied due reward and a goal after her sweet second half strike came back of the post but her work rate earned her the woman of the match award.
At the back Bridie Hannon swept up every loose ball and never looked in trouble one on one with anyone. Catherine Hammill at only 17 years of age plays with the maturity and quality you dream of in players coming through the clubs ranks. Sophie Scargill made things happen every time she had the ball, Emily Starkie scored her first goal of the season and gave the fans a goal celebration worthy of a Wembley winner, Emma Bentley did her now customary superb job keeping players focused in true Captain style and led by example with her three goals (although one was awarded after a dubious goals panel meeting with the supporters club chairman after the game).
The travelling fans again enjoyed a passionate performance by our girls who just give their all in every game, being Leeds really is a pleasure where Leeds ladies are concerned.
On to league business again next week with the first of back to back fixtures against Mossley away from home where points really do make prizes and could define the rest of our season #whitewinners #phoenixrises