Ladies victorious

Sunday 18 August 2002

Doncaster Belles 0 Fulham 4

A good weekend for Fulham Football Club, with both the men's and ladies' teams scoring 4 goals apiece.

Fulham travelled to Brodsworth Welfare FC yesterday for their second encounter with Doncaster Belles, looking to build on their victory in the FA Cup Final in May. Fulham had been pushed all the way in the Cup Final, eventually winning 2 - 1. The game was expected to be another close one, following Doncaster's recent announcement of turning semi-professional.

The game started quickly with Fulham creating a couple of chances within the first few minutes. Margunn Haugenes headed the ball just outside the posts after only 5 minutes, and 3 minutes later Kristy Moore was tackled just in front of the goal line robbing her of the opportunity to score.

Eleven minutes into the game, Margunn Haugenes played a long pass leaving Una Nwajei alone in front of the goalkeeper. She took her opportunity well, scoring her first league goal for Fulham since joining from Southampton this summer.

Fulham Ladies continued to dominate the game, with the Belles unable to gain much possession. Eight minutes before half time, Kristy Moore doubled the advantage, with a superb strike from an equally superb cross from Rachel Unitt.

Both teams started the second half trying to chase an early goal. Fulham came nearest with a shot from Una Nwajei which skimmed the crossbar, followed by another opportunity from Rachel Yankey whose header was brilliantly saved by the Belles goalkeeper, former Fulham player Layla Young.

Kim Jerray Silver's ended the home side's hopes of recovery in the 74th minute, with a long distance shot from 35 yards.

With ten minutes to go, Margunn Haugenes was taken down in the goal area by a Belles defender. Fulham were awarded a penalty, which was taken successfully by Rachel McArthur, leading to a final score of 0 - 4.

Fulham Manager Gaute Haugenes, said after the game, "After Donny played so well against us in the FA Cup Final, we knew we were going to have to work really hard to win points today. It is always tough coming up against opposition like this in your first League match, especially in the National Division.

I was very pleased with the effort the girls put into the game and how well they stuck to our game plan."

Squad: Johannessen, Jerray-Silver, Phillip, Pedersen (Duncan 55 mins), Unitt (Gibbons 81 mins), McArthur, Chapman, Haugenes, Moore, Nwajei (Rahman 81 mins), Yankey.

Yellow cards: Rachel Yankey, Kim Jerray-Silver

Goals: Nwajei (11), Moore (37), Jerray-Silver (74), McArthur (80)

Next fixture: Fulham v Everton. 25th August 2pm kick off. Kingsmeadow Stadium, Woking FC.