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Ladies Football cruise to victory to reignite Varsity hope.

With victories needed in each of the three remaining fixtures for NTU to bring home the much anticipated Varsity Trophy, NTU’s Women’s Football secured win one after thoroughly outclassing their opponents.

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Ladies Football cruise to victory to reignite Varsity hope

With victories needed in each of the three remaining fixtures for NTU to bring home the much anticipated Varsity Trophy, NTU's Women’s Football secured win one after thoroughly outclassing their opponents.

Lining up 4-3-3, against UoN's more traditional 4-4-2, NTU had all the early possession and fashioned their first chance with seven minutes gone. Brogan Jones split the UoN defence but her weighted pass couldn't be converted, as Jemma Grimmadell who rounded the UoN keeper ran out of space to get a shot away.

NTU didn't have to wait long for a lead though. With 11 minutes gone it was all aboard the showboat as right-back Emma Hollingworth flicked the ball over her opponent and sent a lovely pass between Ion's defence for striker Lucy Webster to square across goal, and give Demi Greenhan an easy finish to slot home between two defenders on the line. 1-0 NTU and the line "It's like watching Brazil" began to ring around the press paddock.

Even at this stage a comeback seemed unlikely, UoN struggled to string any sort of possession together and when they did get into the NTU half, centre backs Kate McGlouglin and Jenny Foster were on hand to sweep up. A corner on 25 minutes finally provided UoN with a chance, but NTU's Becky Brool was on hand to tip the direct effort away. This proved to be UoN's only shot on target in the whole game. And with a midfield trio of Jones, Greenhan and Charlie Griffins bossing the play, there was a sense amongst the crowd that an NTU second wouldn't be far away.

When it came on 36 minutes, it came in style. A cheeky nutmeg on the by-line by Greenhan followed by a driven cross into the box found Griffins unmarked six yards out for the simplest of finishes. The 2-0 lead was almost added too just before the break but Grimmadell's effort came back of the post, but the ladies went off at half-time knowing they had this one in the bag.

Any thoughts NTU may get complacent at half time were dismissed straight away in the second half. If Faye Noble and Emma Hollingworth had had success down the right before the break, Grimmadell and Webster were having even more down the left after it. Two or three good link ups in a five minute spell created openings though UoN Chloe Scott-Mearns refused to be beaten again. Yaz Harris replaced Noble after 55 minutes but NTU's flow was uninterrupted. Having been pinging the ball around for fun Brogan Jones turned on the individual skill in the centre of the park but the play came to nothing and the midfield maestro was replaced in 67 minutes by Krysha Ellis.

By this point, NTU's keeper Brool had adopted a baseball cap, the sun appearing to give her more trouble than the UoN attack, as NTU's number 1 was a virtual spectator during the second half. The game fizzled out with 15 minutes to go as legs tired. Cristina Freestone replaced Cam Liburo with five to go and almost got herself on the score sheet, but her 20 yard half volley was saved well, and the game ended 2-0 to the NTU.

Overall the victory was hugely deserved. NTU dominated and controlled the play for the full 90 minutes, the UoN midfield consistently failed to mark their opponents, allowing the likes of Jones and Greenhan the freedom of Meadow Lane. Coupled with a comfortable and untroubled defence, NT's ladies never looked threatened. Their attacking, on-the-deck, football was worthy of any Varsity win and sparked jubilant scenes at the end as the series was clawed back to 7-6 with two to play.

Final Score: University of Nottingham 0 – 2 Nottingham Trent University

(Original match content courtesy of Adam Hemingway. Pease email us if you would like further information about anything written in the above report or Varsity.)

Ladies Football cruise to victory to reignite Varsity hope.

Published on 19 May 2014
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