Bennett vs Leeds

Posh Women knocked out of the FA Women's National League Cup after defeat to Leeds United.

Peterborough United Women were beaten 2-0 by Leeds United Women in the first round of the FA Women’s National League Cup on Sunday afternoon at Abbey Lawn, with two goals in the second half from the visitors.

The Whites had the first chance of the game in the opening two minutes as Katie Astle headed low down, but it was an easy save for Neive Corry. On 12 minutes, Katie Middleton sent a low-driven shot from around 30 yards, but it was safely collected by Skye Kirkham.

Ellie York was at the right place, the right time to clear the ball off the line after Astle’s effort looped over Corry after a deflection off Lucie Mugridge. Sophie Scargill’s header forced Kirkham into a diving save after Rosie Axten’s cross found her.

As the game headed for the break, Evie Driscoll-King had a glorious opportunity to break the deadlock, sending an effort on the half-volley over the bar after Axten’s cross found her just inside the box.

The visitors opened the scoring on 49 minutes as Jess Rousseau advanced through on goal and calmly slotted the ball past Corry into the bottom right corner. On 53 minutes, Astle had the chance to double the visitor’s lead as she was clear on-goal, but dragged her shot wide of the far-post. 

Dan Lawlor introduced a triple change just after the break as Renai Bennett, Poppie Brown and Keir Perkins replaced Lucie Mugridge, Katie Middleton and Rosie Axten. 

The changes inspired Posh as a ball over the top played Bennett through on-goal, but her shot was straight at Kirkman and she cleared the ball away.

Megan Lawlor’s corner caused a scramble inside the box on 73 minutes, it fell kindly to Jess Driscoll who saw her powerful effort parried away by Kirkman. 

The Whites continued to push to increase their lead as substitute Bartrup fired wide from close-range. Corry produced a fingertip save on 83 minutes as Bartrup curled an effort towards goal. 

As the game entered the closing stages, a low effort from Zaiga Lacite forced Kirkman into a low save, tipping the ball around the post. The Whites secured the victory in injury-time as Ellie Dobson converted from close-range.

Posh XI: Corry, York (sub 46 min, Evans), Connor, Driscoll-King, Mugridge (sub 61min, Bennett), Axten (sub 61min, Brown), Scargill, Kirk (sub 76min, Lacite), Lawlor, Driscoll, Middleton (sub 61min, Perkins).

The Whites’ XI: Kirkham, Jakeman, Turner, Elliott, Smart,  Smith (sub 67min, Witham), Danby, Dobson, Pizarello, Astle (sub 75min, Bartup) Rousseau.

Subs: Richardson, Simpson.

Written by Lauren Shiels.