The Sheffield Hallam W2s football team deservingly beat the Uni of Sheffield in a close encounter that saw set-pieces play a key part
It was Uni who started the best of the two sides, winning a corner win the first 5 minutes. Hallam failed to clear their lines and in the ensuing goalmouth scramble the ball crossed the line. It was difficult to see who got the final touch but it was later confirmed that Jess Jordan of Uni did poke the ball home. Hallam were struggling to advance up the pitch; playing several long balls and not troubling the Uni defence. Lapse defending from Hallam almost Jordan in for her second but she couldn’t finish. They did eventually equalise but the goal was not without controversy. The ball was played down the right-wing but the linesman clearly flagged for offside against Hallam but the referee didn’t hear him. As a result they were able to cross and a combination of Hallam and Uni players bundled the ball past Bracewell to give Hallam the equaliser. Uni were incensed as they felt the goal shouldn’t have stood and the supporters certainly made their feelings clear towards the officials. Hallam were on top and took the lead shortly before half-time as Jasmine Saxton was set free down the right; she had the pace to beat the Uni left-back before finishing well past Bracewell despite getting a hand to the ball. It wasn’t enough to keep it out and Hallam went into the break having turned the game around.
Hallam started the second half as they had ended the first, dominating possession and pushing Uni back into their own half. Saxton was the main focus of the Hallam attack and did well to win a corner off the Uni left-back. Hallam duly converted, heading in straight from the inswinging set-piece to go 3-1 up. Uni were not out of it, Beth Knight went close to clawing a goal back shortly after but her dipping free-kick wasn’t enough to test Hood in the Hallam goal. Hallam really should have put the game to bed towards the end of the second half, having several good chances but failing to convert any of them. Both teams were tiring at this point and the wet, muddy playing surface didn’t help either side play their best football. Thompson could have done better after being picked out with a fantastic cross-field ball but couldn’t get her shot away. However as the game entered the final 10 minutes Uni were back in it. Harriet Houston found a yard or two of space on the edge of the box to fire in a terrific left-foot shot past Hood in the Hallam goal to claw a goal back for Uni. The comeback never came and Hallam saw out a deserved victory to take the varsity point.
Full Time: University of Sheffield 2-3 Sheffield Hallam