Ladies defeat Blues

Sunday 25 August 2002

Fulham Ladies 3 Everton Ladies 0

The first home game of the season brought another great result for Fulham Ladies although a well-organised and hard working Everton side made it difficult at times.

Everton defended deep from the outset with ten players behind the ball almost constantly during the first 45 minutes. Fulham found it difficult to break them down despite having most of the possession and passing the ball around a lot in an attempt to tire them.

The second half brought all three goals and a change of tactics for the mighty Whites. Sanchia Duncan moved in to defence and in a bid to play a more direct game Una Nwajei, with her heading ability, was sent up front to receive crosses.

The change of tactics had an immediate effect when after just two minutes Rachel Yankey hit a brilliant strike against the far post. Two more chances followed quickly with crosses from the left in to Una.

The first goal came eventually in the 62nd minute from a well taken corner from Margunn Haugenes that Katie Chapman headed across goal and Sanchia stabbed in to the back of the net.

Eight minutes later Una latched on to a through ball, took it around the keeper, squared it to Kristy Moore who tapped it home for a second goal.

Fulham continued to dominate the rest of the game, creating lots of chances and scoring the final goal in the 88th minute. Yankey played a pass through to Una who took it around the keeper and scored easily into an open goal.

Manager Gaute Haugeness said after the game "I am delighted with the start we have made to the Premiership season, seven goals scored and none conceded. I'm already looking forward to playing Brighton next week'"

Team: Johannessen, Jerray-Silver, Philip, Nwajei, Unitt, McArthur, Chapman, Haugenes, Duncan, Yankey and Moore.