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Match Report | Kingfisher 3-1 Port Vale FC Women

13 September 2021

A late goal from captain Meg Baldwin acted as simply a consolation as Port Vale Women fell to a 3-1 defeat away at Kingfisher in the first round qualifiying of the Women's FA Cup.

Vale started the game brightly and had the first chance of the game as a close-range effort was saved by the Kingfisher keeper, but the flag was up so the goal would not have stood.

Vale went close again soon after in an exciting opening five minutes of action as a long-range strike forced a strong save from the opposition goalkeeper.

Kingfisher saw their first chance of the game come soon after as a cross from the right flank was met on the volley, but the strike flashed over the bar before the linesmen’s flag went up.

As the game passed the 10-minute mark Vale went a goal behind as an unstoppable strike rifled into the roof of the net from a tight angle inside the Vale box giving Kingfisher an early lead.

The following 10 minutes of action saw the Vale look to work their way back on level terms, making a number of hard challenges and trying to work an opening to test the Kingfisher keeper.

Leese came closest to finding an equaliser as she picked up the ball on the edge of the area and hit one on the turn but was denied by a strong save.

The Valiants were relentless in their pressure, having chance after chance, with Taylor striking one from distance as the game reached the half-hour mark, that the keeper spilled but she was able to recover and prevent the ball from. Crossing the line.

Soon after the captain, Meg Baldwin, drove into the area and drilled a low hit shot across goal but the Kingfisher number one was there yet again to make the stop.

Becky Fitzjohn went inches from scoring a fantastic equaliser for the Vale, twisting and turning inside the Kingfisher box before curling a strike towards goal that went agonisingly close to finding the inside of the far post.

Vale remained the dominant side for the remainder of the half but were forced to take a one goal deficit at the break.

The second period began how the first had ended, with Vale controlling the play but unable to create a clear chance to draw the game level.

Vale had their first chance of the second-half in the 56th minute when a well worked piece of passing play saw the ball land at the feet of Taylor who let fly with a powerful strike that swerved wide of the target.

The hosts doubled their lead from the penalty spot with 67 minutes on the clock. A Kingfisher player was brought down in the area under a challenge and the penalty taker stepped up to rifle the ball into the top corner.

Chaos ensued soon after as a Kingfisher player kicked out at a Vale player off the ball, with only a yellow being shown to the offender.

Moments later Vale had a penalty shout waved away after the ball appeared to be handled by a Kingfisher player inside her penalty area.

With 75 minutes played, Kingfisher extended their lead to 3-0, as a set-piece delivery was headed home from inside the six-yard box.

With just over ten minutes of normal time remaining the Vale pulled a goal back through Captain Meg Baldwin who raced through and latched onto a pass before slotting the ball past the keeper.

Vale kept applying the pressure as the final minutes of the game were played out but they were unable to find the goals needed to get back on level terms.


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