Ladies hit eight in home win

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Motherwell Ladies secured their second consecutive win in an 8-0 thriller against Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale.

The women of steel went top of the league after their emphatic win, their second in as many games. Striker Suzanne Mulvey bagged herself six goals in a fantastic team display by the home side.

‘Well took the lead at Braidhurst within the first five minutes, courtesy of Mulvey’s first strike. A lovely free kick by Emma Black dropped just behind the defence and fell for Mulvey to slot past the keeper to put the home side ahead.

It didn’t take long for Eddie Wolecki Black’s side to double their lead. A counter attack led to Montgomery playing through Sammy Hare, who calmly slotted it under the keeper.

The Motherwell defence then withstood several EUHV attempts to claw a goal back, but to no avail.

As the rain continued to pour down at Braidhurst, the ladies added three more goals to their tally in quick succession.

Just before the half hour mark, former Scotland striker Mulvey got her second. The EUHV defence failed to clear the initial corner and it fell to Mulvey, whose drive proved too much for the goalkeeper to keep out.

A matter of minutes later, some nice build up play from Motherwell lead to an overlap and it was Mulvey who tapped it past the onrushing keeper to score her third of the game.

Mulvey wasn’t done yet. A superb ball over the top of the defence left her one on one with the keeper and she made no mistake to put the ‘Well up 5-0 with just over half an hour played.

Motherwell’s dominance continued right up to half time and it paid off again, when captain Montgomery added her name to the scoresheet.

The Northern Irish midfielder took advantage of the visiting defence’s failure to clear their lines to put Motherwell 6-0 up at the break.

As the second half began, Motherwell picked up where they left off. A free kick led to Black floating the ball in the box, which fell to Mulvey to blast the ball into the roof of the net and increase Motherwell’s tally to seven.

The Motherwell defence was asked questions as EUHV searched for a consolation goal but Lesley Condie and company remained resilient.

Mulvey shortly piled more misery onto EUHV as she got her last goal of the game.

Picking the ball up at the left-hand side of the box, she sent the keeper the wrong way and dinked it into the right-hand side of the goal in a composed finish by the experienced forward.

EUHV continued to dig in and try to find a goal in the last 15 minutes of the match. But the home defence was more than a match and managed to limit the Edinburgh side’s chances and finish the game with an all-important clean sheet, the first of the season.

The emphatic victory sends the Lanarkshire side top of SWPL2 table with six points and an impressive ten goals in two games. The result sets the team up for next weekend’s cup clash against SWPL1 side Rangers.

Motherwell: Johnstone, Black, Magill, Knox, Condie, McLaughlin, Montgomery (C), Johnson, Hare, Cunningham, Mulvey.

Motherwell subs: Dalziel, Nicholson, Russell, Gallagher, Goodwin, Rhind, Kerr

Match report by Andrew Scott. Picture courtesy of Craig Doyle.

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