Lowick United...8 North Shields...2
Northumberland County Women’s Football League Cup
LOWICK went into the League Cup game with their tails up after scoring eight goals in each of their previous two games.
They were also celebrating being awarded the Team of the Year for 2011 at the Berwick & District Sports Awards presentation on Friday evening.
The wind was a major factor and North Shields won the toss and decided to kick with it at their backs. North Shields have an excellent defensive record and part of their success is built on possession play with five in midfield with the outlet of an excellent lone striker upfront.
This was to prove successful after only six minutes when she took advantage of the swirling wind to curl a fantastic goal past the helpless keeper Darling (0-1).
Lowick pressed for a quick equaliser and were rewarded when M Stewart broke through on goal only to be denied by a push in the back which sent her sprawling in the box.
Patterson strode up to score her third penalty in as many games to make it 1-1 in the 11th minute.
North Shields were playing the ball long to their dangerous striker at every opportunity and this was rewarded when she scored after an uncharacteristic fumble by Darling to make it 1-2.
Again Lowick looked to press and a great run from Tang and Patterson set up R Stewart to hammer in the equaliser in the 21st minute (2-2).
A minute later, M Stewart joined the goal-fest after a solo run that took her round the whole defence and the keeper to make it 3-2 with Lowick leading for the first time in the game.
Another solo run, this time from Patterson saw her drive through the North Shields defence to cross and then follow up the rebound to bundle in her second and Lowick’s fourth with six minutes of the half remaining. Half-time: 4-2.
Lowick started the second half with the wind in their favour and pushed on to score more goals.
Patterson scored a screamer, and her second hat-trick in three games, from outside the box with her left foot on the hour to make it 5-2 then followed this up with her fourth three minutes later after good work from Cass and Robinson (6-2).
Two more minutes passed and Tang hit a vicious drive that was chested in by M Stewart (7-2).
Although the scoreline was comfortable by now, North Shields never gave up and only good work from Frame, J Robinson, Cass, Kyffin and Thompson, aided by great keeping from Darling, stopped them from getting a foothold in the game.
Injuries began to take their toll and with Patterson coming off, coach Henderson pushed Thompson up from her usual sweeper role to play centrally.
This was immediately rewarded when she made a lung-busting run in the 80th minute through the defence to score her first of the season (8-2).
Lowick are at home again on Sunday against last year’s league runners-up Percy Main.
All supporters welcome.