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2-2
10 October 2017 Venue Thorncliffe Attendance

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Steel City Wanderers
2 - 2
Sheffield United

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Steel City Wanderers 2-2 United Ladies - report

11 October 2017

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With just a full day of respite for both these teams after their respective WFA Cup wins on Sunday, the sides renewed their rivalry in another well-fought local derby.

United manager Dan O'Hearne understandably made four changes from Sunday to bring fresh legs to the side in the form of Alex Hickerman, Molly Cawthorn, Sheldon Ashton and Jen Pearson.

It was Pearson who put the Blades ahead after seven minutes with a fairly easy finish from a Sophie Bell cross, scoring against her old team. The lead only lasted six minutes, however, before former United striker Chez Mawhood equalised for City with a finish also from close range. Both teams, as expected, were fully committed and there wasn't much to pick between the two. Evie Robinson had a good chance blocked and the best chance fell to Pearson late in the half from a Kim Brown cross but went just over.

On 56 minutes a strong run to United's byline and low cross was inadvertently deflected in by United defender Cawthorn to put City ahead 2-1. United rallied and refreshed their line up with three subs. On 76 minutes Sophie Bell hit a superb shot from the right, across the City 'keeper and into the far side of the net to equalise.

A sustained spell of pressure followed as United pressed for a winner and came very close from a corner. At the near post Rosa Neary looped a half volley over the City 'keeper and defenders only to hit the far post. In the resulting scramble Pearson placed a her shot back goal-ward but Vandersluis made a good fingertip save and the ball was cleared.

Despite the best efforts from both teams in another very competitive encounter, the game ended 2-2 and honours even.

Manager O'Hearne reflected: "A hugely frustrating night when lady luck didn't shine on us at both ends of the pitch."

Blades: Houldsworth, Froggatt, Neary, Cawthorn, Bell, Ashton (Hartley), Hickerman, Pearson, Robinson (Kenyon), Brown (Marsden), Shaw.

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