Varsity 2016: UoN 0-0 NTU - NTU ladies thwart UoN girls on penalties

Nottingham Trent University beat the University of Nottingham in the first of yesterday’s Varsity football matches in a dramatic penalty shoot-out after the game finished goalless, reducing the deficit of the series to 8-5.

By Jamie Barlow

Nottingham Trent University beat the University of Nottingham in the first of yesterday's Varsity football matches, in a dramatic penalty shoot-out after the game finished goalless, reducing the deficit of the series to 8-5.

NTU carved out the better of the chances throughout the game and woman of the match, Cammy Newton, scored the decisive penalty, her team winning 4-3 on aggregate in sudden death.

It was a scrappy opening to the game at Meadow Lane, with neither side able to get the ball under control in the middle of the park.

The University of Nottingham (UoN) had the first real chance of the game in the fourth minute; NTU right-back, Sam Burton, conceded a corner, and Ellen Slater's low, in-swinging delivery was met by the boot of striker Alyssa Moris who hooked an effort onto the top of the bar - but NTU looked the sharper of the two after the opening quarter, and Jess Wood came mightily close to opening the scoring, lifting the ball over Emily Garland in the opposition goal, but the effort dropped the wrong side of the post.

The reinvigorated NTU looked sharp on the break, with midfielder Newton creating several opportunities. Just after the half-hour mark, Fay Noble carried the ball from her own half and played in Newton; her shot was parried by Garland, and Georgia Richards hooked it wide from a narrow angle.

Newton was again involved in the thick of the action minutes later, the attack-minded midfielder scuffing a left-footed strike wide from the edge of the area.

The second period didn't spark into life until late in the game, but UoN did have the ball in the back of the net with 15 minutes left on the clock; Moris finished a one-on-one with the keeper, her effort was ruled out for offside.

Wood had a fantastic opportunity to score in the 86th minute from the left side of the area after great work from Noble put her through, but Wood's effort curled narrowly wide of the target.

NTU continued to press in the dying moments of the tie and Wood came even closer to glory; deep into the five minutes of stoppage time, substitute Beth Twigge picked out the striker at the near post, but her effort was pushed wide by Garland.

The corner which followed was met by centre back Laura O'Neill, who planted a header straight at the keeper which proved to be the last action of the encounter.


Penalty shoot-out:NTU took an early advantage in the penalty shoot-out after Ana Mihajlovic ballooned the opener for UoN off wide, and Emma Hollingsworth made no mistake with hers, coolly slotting it in to the bottom-right corner. The next four spot kicks were converted, before Joanna Loayza missed an effort for the Beeston side which made it 3-2 to NTU, meaning that Fay Noble had the chance to seal NTU's win.

Noble saw her shot crash off the bar, but second-half substitute Shannon Swift couldn't bring her side level and missed for UoN. Newton duly dispatched the winner, marking NTU Women's third consecutive Varsity football victory.

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Varsity 2016: UoN 0-0 NTU - NTU ladies thwart UoN girls on penalties

Published on 10 May 2016
  • Category: Sport

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