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United Women 5-1 Blackburn - report

23 February 2020

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Sheffield United Women scored five for the second FA Women's Championship game running against Blackburn Rovers in their first game of the month.

Weather conditions over the past few weeks meant Carla Ward's Blades had been as unlucky as any team in seeing games postponed, but the team responded as if they'd never been away.

They got off to the perfect start as Jade Pennock scored two goals in quick succession to put the Blades 2-0 up with just 15 minutes gone.

Her first came as Sophie Barker slotted her in on goal, Pennock doing the rest with a low finish past Fran Stenson.

Four minutes later and Pennock had her second. Veatriki Sarri went on a superb run through the middle of the park and her effort from the edge of the box deflected into the path of Pennock who smashed a first time effort into the bottom corner.

Blackburn though came back at the Blades and pulled a goal back shortly before half-time when Natasha Flint fired a low effort into the bottom corner from outside the box.

Both sides had chances during a relatively end-to-end first half, Emily Ramsey doing well to stop Flint's low effort while Maddy Cusack fired just over at the other end.

The game turned when Rovers defender Kayleigh McDonald was shown a straight red card for dissent just seconds before half-time, allowing United to dictate the second half with their numerical advantage.

The Blades came out rampant and had several chances to open up their lead again. Mollie Green struck the post before Olivia Fergusson was denied by a superb Stenson save and Wilkinson then too saw an effort tipped over.

But the Blades number nine wasn't denied minutes later when she volleyed home after Sam Tierney did well to play Barker's cross back across goal.

Green did get her goal, her second in as many games, when she was in the right place to slot home Alethea Paul's low cross, and the victory was complete late on when Rhema Lord-Mears bagged her first goal for the club against her former side with a close range finish, her first touch after coming on as a substitute.

Blades: Ramsey, Barker, Tierney, Hartley, Pennock, Cusack (Lipka 64), Wilkinson (Matthews 71), Paul, Sarri, Fergusson, Green (Lord-Mears 82).
Unused subs: Batty, Ford, Johnson.

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