Glory for ladies

Monday 5 August 2002

Fulham Ladies were favourites to win the Mansfield based tournament but no one could have imagined that they would win it without conceding a single goal!

They did however need to survive a quarter-final penalty shoot-out against reigning champions Everton before beating Leeds United in the semi final and over coming Glasgow City 4 - 0 in the final.

New signing Una Nwajei and Rachel Yankey hit two goals a piece in the final. Una was the tournament's top scorer with a total of seven goals. Other new signings Marieanne Spacey and Katrine Pederson also impressed, the former scoring four goals and the latter defending solidly throughout the tournament.

Fulham's 4-0 victory over Glasgow, who coincidentally they had beaten 2-0 in the first of the tournaments group games, was the 81st of an entertaining but gruelling two days of 36-minute matches organised by Mansfield District Council Leisure Department and sponsored for the first time by the PFA in association with Adidas.

After seeing his team score 26 goals without conceding any in their eight games, manager Gaute Haugenes was in confident mood at the end of the weekend.

"We had some good games, especially the quarter-final against Everton - they defended very well indeed and certainly made it hard for us. Glasgow City also impressed me - they were a hard working, well-organised team"

"I'm obviously delighted that we won the tournament and that we did so averaging over three goals a game and without conceding a single goal. Hopefully that has set us up nicely for our Community Shield game against Arsenal on Thursday and our first League game in a couple of weeks time."