Ladies beat Leeds

Tuesday 4 December 2001

Fulham Ladies Reserves 4 - 0 Leeds United Reserves

By Gary Mulcahey

Playing at home in an 11.30am kick-off, the Reserves went through to the Quarter-Finals of the League Cup after a very good performance over high flying Leeds Utd.

Leeds are unbeaten all season but came up against a full strength Fulham side.

As early as the fourth minute the Whites took the lead with Terri Warren beating the Leeds off-side trap to cross for Collins to slide the ball home from six yards.

Both Mears and Warren went close to extending the lead but then Leeds settled down and started to show why they were unbeaten.

Holly Cox, Fulham's young Goalkeeper, made two fine saves to keep Leeds at bay, during a 20-minute spell, which saw Pettersen and Bennett tested to the limited.

Collins then broke through on 22 minutes; she chipped the advancing Leeds Keeper for Fulham's second goal.

Mears and Warren were a constant threat to Leeds Utd off-side trap which they had obviously worked hard at in training.

On 39 minutes a great through ball by Katrine Petersen found Warren who hit an unstoppable shot high into the net to increase Fulham's lead.

Leeds continued to battle away especially in Midfield where Percival, Wilson and Daly worked tirelessly for 90 minutes.

After half-time Fulham continued to dominate but for some fine goal keeping would have put the game beyond doubt a lot earlier.

A Mears cross flashed across the goal-line and then good work between Mears and Daly saw Collins round the Keeper but saw her shot loop over the bar on 58 minutes.

Fulham's fitness started to shine through and fresh legs of Carter and Lyford were introduced on the hour mark to add to the threat.

Just on 75 minutes a good move down the right saw Collins head the ball on for Percival to volley low into the corner from 18yards.

A great goal from a player really coming into some good form and should be named in the England U17 squad in a few weeks.

Leeds best chance came from a free-kick on the edge of the box but young Cox pushed the ball over the bar for a corner.

The Whites finished the game on top and were well deserved to win the game. An excellent team performance by all 14 players and was helped with a clean sheet.