Ladies defeat French

Sunday 18 November 2001

Fulham Ladies 4 - 1 France U21

Report from Vicky Brown

Fulham Ladies took on the French U21 side on Saturday at the London School of Economics.

The match was played by two good teams with good technical skills and Fulham were looking forward to the challenge.

The first 20 minutes was even with two good scoring opportunities for each side. Fulham's Sanchia Duncan went closest with a header inches over the crossbar. The French teams best opportunity hit the post and was cleared by the Fulham defence.

Midway through the first half Fulham Ladies began to take control of the game and scored from a penalty when Katie Chapman went down in the box. Margunn Haugenes stepped up and scored on 27 minutes.

Rachel McArthur scored Fulham's second goal from good work by Kristy Moore who dribbled past two players and delivered an excellent cross for McArthur who hammered home from 8 yards.

Fulham Ladies went into the break 2-0 up and after a close first half Fulham came out the better side.

Second half saw Fulham Ladies completely dominate and play a high tempo game. With good passing play they were carving out lots of goal scoring opportunities. Despite this it was a French player who put the ball into her own net when Sanchia Duncan crossed for Rachel Yankey to poke in.

After 80 minutes the French team scored from their only chance in the second half when Lene Terp pulled her hamstring and went down leaving the French player in acres of space who slid the ball past Jody Smith.

Rachel McArthur responded to that goal scoring her second of the day again after good work from Kristy Moore.

Fulham Manager Gaute Haugenes was pleased with the way the players had played and the result. "We learn a lot from playing top International opponents like this and feel our fitness, technique and shape has improved immensely which gives the players confidence for the important cup matches that await us"

Fulham team: Smith, Jerray-Silver, Terp (Petersen 80 min), Phillip, Unitt, McArthur, Chapman, Haugenes, Duncan (Mears 88 min), Moore, Yankey