Wednesday 27 April 2016

Birmingham conjure a comeback to please Potter

The Blues fought back from a goal down to beat Doncaster Rovers Belles 2-1

FA WSL 1 match
19:45, Wednesday 27 April 2016
Solihull Moors FC

Birmingham City Ladies Goal Scorers: Ayisi 15', Lawley 30'

Doncaster Rovers Belles Goal Scorers: Dowie 6'

Midfielder Jo Potter felt Birmingham City showed great character to score their first Women’s Super League 1 win of the season.

Doncaster Rovers Belles took the lead on six minutes through Natasha Dowie.

But the Blues hit back before half-time with goals from Freda Ayisi and Melissa Lawley, before holding firm after the break to see out the victory.

“We needed that result after losing our first two league games – we didn’t play badly in either of them, but tonight was a must-win for us,” said Potter.

“We had to stamp our authority on this game, and after going behind that’s exactly what we did.

“We didn’t panic after conceding, we kept our heads, kept believing and once we’d got the equaliser I always felt we would go on to win the game.

“It was a good all-round performance, showing our character to come from behind, and it was great to get our first league goals of the season as well.

“We might have got more tonight, but at least we were creating chances and we caused havoc at times with the way we ran at the Donny defence.”

Dowie shot home after left-back Alex Gummer’s free-kick had dropped nicely for her 12 yards from goal.

Jess Sigsworth should have doubled the lead but shot wide from an excellent position.

That miss proved costly as Ayisi headed Birmingham level from left wing-back Kerys Harrop’s 15th minute cross.

Ayisi and Lawley both wasted good chances as the home side began to take control.

But in the 30th minute Lawley made amends with a deflected cross-cum-shot that bounced into the net off the far post to put the Blues in front.

“We had a great start and should have been two goals up in the first few minutes,” said Donny striker Dowie.

“I think that if Jess (Sigsworth) had put her chance away just after I scored the opening goal it would have been game over.

“But then we gave away two sloppy goals. If teams open you up and score good goals against you that’s one thing, but both of those were preventable.

“We can’t carry on conceding goals like that, we have to keep them out and take our chances at the other end.

“We came back into the game in the second half and in the end I think a draw would have been a fair result, but we just couldn’t get an equaliser.

“We’ll learn from this, though. We’re a new team in the top flight and we’re going to be the underdogs in games, but we’ll improve and we’ll be competitive.”

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Birmingham City (3-4-1-2): Sophie Baggaley; Aoife Mannion, Emily Westwood, Remi Allen; Jessica Carter, Chloe Peplow, Jo Potter, Kerys Harrop; Mel Lawley; Freda Ayisi, Charlie Wellings.

Substitutes: Jade Moore for Westwood 46, Abbey-Leigh Stringer for Wellings 86

Substitutes not used: Cheryl Edwards, Ashlee Brown, Sian Johnson, Keeley Davies, Ellie Brazil.

Bookings: None

Red cards: None

Doncaster Rovers Belles (4-1-3-2): Nicola Hobbs; Sophie Barker, Leandra Little, Sam Tierney, Alex Gummer; Becky Easton; Carla Humphrey, Katrin Omarsdottir, Kasia Lipka; Jess Sigsworth, Natasha Dowie.

Substitutes: Rhiannon Roberts for Tierney 46, Emily Simpkins for Barker 46

Substitutes not used: Yasmin Mosby, Rachel Newborough, Anna Moorhouse.

Bookings: Tierney 45, Easton 80

Red cards: None

Referee: Sarah Garratt

Attendance: 615