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United Women 4-1 London Bees - report

20 April 2019

Sheffield United's women's team made it five wins in a row on their return to Olympic Legacy Park with an emphatic 4-1 win over London Bees.

Goals from Danielle Cox, Veatriki Sarri, Bex Rayner and Jade Pennock saw United run out comfortable winners in the end after Ruesha Littlejohn had levelled the scores shortly after half-time.

With United coming into the game off the back of their best form of the season, confidence was high and Carla Ward's side took the initiative from the off.

Alethea Paul fired an effort straight at Sarah Quantrill before Ebony Salmon fired just wide on the half-volley.

Sarri saw a free-kick hit the ball before United were forced into an early change as Bex Rayner replaced the injured Paul.

10 minutes the break, United took the lead and it was almost a repeat of last week's opener. Rayner's floated free-kick found Cox at the back post and the centre-back headed home her second goal in as many games to the Blades the lead.

But straight after half-time the Bees responded. A sweeping move led to Littlejohn firing home high past Fran Bentley to make it 1-1.

It took just two minutes though for United to retake the lead. Salmon saw a shot saved by Quantrill but Sarri slotted home the rebound from inside the box.

From then on Ward's side were well in control. Pennock came close to a third when her header was pushed away before Rayner did add a third goal when her corner found its way into the net after Quantrill failed to keep the ball out.

Not to be denied, Pennock made sure she would be on the score sheet for the fifth game in a row when she slotted home late on to add a fourth for United.

Blades: Bentley, S. Barker, Pennock, Cox, Gilliatt, Paul (Rayner 24), H. Barker, Sarri (Ford 82), Cusack, Hartley, Salmon (Marsden 89).
Unused: Davies, Dixon.


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