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29 September 2019 Venue Olympic Legacy Park Attendance

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Sheffield United
5 - 1
Coventry United

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United Women 5-1 Coventry - report

29 September 2019

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Sheffield United Women kept up their rampant FA Women's Championship form with a convincing 5-1 win at home to Coventry United.

Just like in the team's other home game this season, the Blades wrapped things up with a blistering first half which saw them lead 4-1 at the break.

Katie Wilkinson scored her sixth and seventh goals in just five games in a red and white shirt while Olivia Fergusson, Aimee Palmer and Maddy Cusack were all among the goals once again.

It was Fergusson who opened the scoring inside 10 minutes as United started well and could have taken the lead even earlier than they did as both Palmer and Wilkinson had gone close.

Keri Matthews raced down the wing and put in a low cross which Fergusson tapped home with ease at the back post to make it 1-0.

Just over 60 seconds later and the hosts had doubled their advantage. In similar fashion with an attack down the right, this time Ellie Fletcher picked out the clinical Wilkinson who took a touch before slotting the ball into the bottom corner.

Coventry did give themselves a route back into the game soon after though when Rosie Axten sent a looping effort over Becky Flaherty which bounced down off the crossbar and over the line.

But it wasn't a lifeline for very long. Palmer soon responded with a superb effort of her own, unleashing a powerful shot into the top corner which left Sue Wood with no chance.

The Blades added a fourth before the break when Wilkinson once again found the net with a finish at the back post and the hosts were in cruise control at the break.

In difficult conditions and with the game all but sealed, the second half was a quiet affair as Wilkinson in particular missed a couple of headed chances to extend the lead, while Leandra Little also went close.

The fifth came with 20 minutes to go when Cusack scored her second stunning goal in the space of a week. A not too dissimilar distance to her effort against Liverpool last Sunday, this time the midfielder found the top corner with her left foot.

The game entered a lengthy period of stoppage time when Coventry's Shannon O'Brien took a nasty blow to the head in a collision with Flaherty and Naomi Hartley, the game ending shortly after O'Brien was stretchered from the pitch.

Blades: Flaherty, Tierney (Paul 71), Little, Hartley, Cusack, Wilkinson, Matthews, Palmer, Sarri (Tinsley 90), Fergusson, Fletcher (Dixon 46).
Subs: Batty, H. Barker.

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