The Sheffield Hallam W1s football team produced a dominant display against a below average University of Sheffield to seal a well-deserved varsity point.
Both teams started well with Uni winning an early corner and Hallam delivering a good cross from the right flank, both moves well defended by the respective teams.
Uni looked to dominate the early stages, forcing good saves from Sarah Horrocks in the Hallam goal but failing to properly test her ability.
After a relatively even 30 minutes it was Hallam who broke the deadlock. Izzy Howell in the Uni goal came out to claim a through ball but mistimed her approach as Danielle Biglin steered the ball around her to slot in at the far post.
Uni looked rattled and quickly conceded a second soon after as Georgia Hewitt went on an excellent run from midfield into the penalty area before knocking the ball past Howell to score Hallam’s second.
Hallam were in the ascendency and continued to push Uni back, with much of their attacking movement coming down their right wing.
Uni continued to hold firm and could have done better with a free-kick on the edge of the Hallam box which managed to evade everyone.
Hallam effectively killed the game off by scoring a third on the stroke of half- going through the legs of Howell and into the goal for Biglin’s second of the game. At first glance the keeper should have done better with it, but the wet weather and uneven playing surface likely made it harder to control than it appeared.
Hallam could, and probably should, have had a fourth goal before half-time but Howell somewhat redeemed herself with an excellent low save to push the ball past the post.
Hallam started the second half just as they’d ended the first, attacking well down their right flank and generally controlling the game.They never looked far from adding to the three they already but had to be alert defensively as Uni looked a much better side than they had in the first half.
But it was Hallam who continued to play the better football who hit the top of the crossbar following an excellent counter attack from a Uni corner. Hallam recycled the ball well after good defending from Uni and the midfield fed Biglin who finished past substitute keeper Hannah Vandersluis at her near post to put her team 4-0 up and effectively seal the varsity point for Hallam.
The fact is however that Hallam were overall the better team throughout the game, winning most of the 50/50s and outran Uni across the pitch with Hewitt and Kemp pulling the strings in midfield.
Hallam still had plenty in the tank as the game reached its conclusion and managed to score a fifth goal to leave the result in no doubt. Courteney Csomar received an excellent ball down the wing, drove along the by-line before finishing past the Uni keeper to cap an excellent team performance by Hallam who more than deserved the victory.
Full Time: University of Sheffield 0-5 Sheffield Hallam