Match report by NUWFC Coach Warren Teasdale
Newcastle United Women’s Football Club put up arguably their best performance of the season in a narrow 1-0 defeat to high flying Leeds United Women in the FA Women’s League Cup.
In a game which produced chances for both teams, Newcastle missed out on a draw by a single second half goal from a Leeds side lying second in the Women’s Premier League National Division, one division higher than Newcastle.
The Newcastle team started brightly and had the better of the opening exchanges but could not find the breakthrough that their approach play deserved. As the game went on Leeds fought back and Newcastle were forced onto the back foot but they more than matched the opposition with some solid defending and good organisation and discipline. Having not played for three weeks due to bad weather the Newcastle players fought hard to the final whistle and can count themselves very unlucky not to have taken a draw from the game.
In a season of consolidation for the girls following last seasons promotion to the FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division this cup game against a very well organised and experienced Leeds team should provide a good platform and great confidence for the remainder of the league season.
Photographs courtesy of Steve Miller