Ladies res report

Monday 5 November 2001

Newport County Ladies Reserves 2 v 4 Fulham Ladies Reserves

League Cup 2nd Round

Fulham got off to the worst possible start after a long journey when they conceded a goal after 15 seconds. A pass over the top of the back four saw the County centre forward round young Holly Cox for the opener.

Fulham's side, apart from the veteran of over 200 games for the club - Sarah Morris and Natasha Daly were all aged 18 and under, which bodes well for the future.

The young Fulham team began to stamp their authority on the game as time wore on but could not create anything like a decent chance. Newport went to a five player defence with the hope of keeping Fulham at bay for the rest of the game, but on the half-hour mark Daly struck a through ball to Jodi Clarke who hit a low shot into the far corner for the equaliser.

Newport soaked up the pressure well for much of the half. Jemma Lindfield went close with a header from a Percival corner was the closest to a goal.

After half-time, Fulham began to play better with the Midfield three of Daly, Percival and Carter.

The game had an early twist when again from Newport's second chance of the game a free kick high into the Fulham box was not cleared and Newport defender headed home.

This steered Fulham into action and immediately hit back when Jodi Clarke struck a great volley for her second goal of the game.

Terri Warren, a new signing from Millwall, was introduced for Verity Lyford, and had an immediate impact. She chased a lost cause down the right and struck a shot from an acute angle which sneaked inside the near post.

With Fulham ahead, which was richly deserved, they began to press-on and created a number of chances, with Terri Warren at the forefront of most of the moves.

With minutes remaining, Kirsty Percival was fouled midway through the oppositions half. Percival took the responsibility herself and struck a fantastic shot which went straight into the top corner.

Fulham are through to the next round after a tricky away tie and relish a home tie in the next round.