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RUTHLESS BANTAMS HIT FOUR PAST HULL UNITED

24 January 2024

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RUTHLESS BANTAMS HIT FOUR PAST HULL UNITED

24 January 2024

Bradford City Women overcame challenging weather conditions on Sunday to triumph 4-1 over Hull United AFC Women at the Horsfall Community Stadium. 

Injuries forced City into making three changes to the side that beat Hartlepool 2-0 last time out, with Maria McKenna and Jade Foster filling in for regular starters Rebecca Hunt and Ellie Prothero respectively, while Tiffany Whelan was back in goal for Laura Wilson.

The team changes, coupled with the swirling winds and pouring rain, did nothing to prevent the Bantams racing out of the blocks from the first whistle, finding the opening goal in the third minute.

Having won a free-kick inside their own half, Sharone Buckle launched the ball forwards down the right-hand channel. Aaliyah Nolan tried to win the header to knock it on, but misjudged the bounce of the ball, inadvertently committing the Hull United backline and allowing Maria McKenna to race through, round the Hull ‘keeper, Sharla Cone, and slot into the bottom-right corner.

The opening goal signified the start of City’s dominance throughout the first 45 minutes.

In the ninth minute, a City throw-in inside their own half found Buckle, who skipped past her marker and released Hannah Markey down the left channel - a cross into the box prevented only by the outstretched boot of United’s full-back, Eleanor Robinson.

Five minutes later, regular midfield powerhouse Kanisha Underdown demonstrated her fancy footwork to evade a Hull United press and play a through ball for McKenna to latch onto down the left. As she dribbled towards United’s box, however, full-back Robinson again came across to clear off McKenna’s leg and out for a goal-kick.

The Bantams displayed some lovely one-touch passing throughout the first half, with captain Monika Stube and Underdown receiving the ball from City’s seemingly impenetrable backline, and switching it quickly to utilise the pace of forwards Mia Jacobs, Hannah Markey and Nolan.

In the 37th minute, City had their deserved second goal. A one-touch combination between Markey and Jacobs allowed the latter to cut inside and take aim, before being fouled on the edge of the box.

Looking to take advantage of the dangerous position in which the free-kick had been awarded, Markey curled a delightful shot over Cone and into the top-left corner, making it 2-0 to City.

Hull United were being overwhelmed by the tireless running of City’s forwards, and having barely had time to regroup after going 2-0 down, City had made it 3-0 within a couple of minutes of the restart.

After her brilliant free-kick, Markey helped out defensively by winning the ball deep inside City’s half, and switching the play out to Jacobs.

In two touches, Jacobs controlled the ball and found Charlie Ramsden inside, who powered beyond her marker and released Nolan through the middle. With only the ‘keeper to beat, Nolan rifled her effort into the roof of the net.

The second-half saw a much improved Hull United performance, with City’s backline under early pressure.

In the 47th minute, neither centre-halves Dani Trickett nor Sharone Buckle could clear the United press deep inside City’s defensive third, but Jade Foster intervened from left-back and cleared over to Markey down the left channel.

The away side were awarded a series of corners throughout the second half, but they were dealt with impressively by Ramsden and Buckle heading clear, and Trickett did well to make two blocks in the 66th minute which could have resulted in shots on goal.

Eventually, however, the increased pressure from United throughout the second period saw them find the net in the 72nd minute.

Lauren Holmes picked the ball up just beyond the halfway line, skipped past Buckle, and unleashed a strike from 20 yards that looped over Whelan and into the back of the net.

The Bantams never showed any signs of the goal reducing confidence in seeing the victory out, and had the final say with a minute of normal time remaining, when netting their fourth of the afternoon to wrap up the three points.

Summer Payley, on as a sub for Nolan, ran the ball down the left and switched play to Ramsden on the right, who controlled well before driving a venomous half-volley into the bottom-left corner.

CITY: Tiffany Whelan, Dani Trickett, Jade Foster, Charlie Ramsden, Sharone Buckle, Hannah Markey, Kanisha Underdown, Aaliyah Nolan, Monika Stube (C), Mia Jacobs, Maria McKenna. SUBS: Imogen Hayhurst, Hollie Barraclough, Summer Payley, Ellie Prothero

GOALS: McKenna (3’), Markey (37’), Nolan (39’), Ramsden (89’).

HULL UNITED: Sharla Cone, Megan Cooke, Millie Sharp, Eleanor Robinson, Chloe Robinson, Lily Tankyard, Lauren Holmes, Jade Newlove, Anya Ibbotson, Demi Thomas, Corinne Wilshere. SUBS: Chelsea Bailey, Mary Lisle, Grace Mansell, Olivia Marrow, Sophie Adamson.

GOALS: Holmes (72’).


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