Notts County Ladies vs Birmingham City Ladies – Continental Cup   Leave a comment

A last gasp winner snatched all 3 points in a stunning start to County’s Conti Cup campaign!

Here’s the game in words and pictures:

22.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football,  Notts County ladies vs Birmingham Ladies

Going up in the world; the usual suspects get interviewed by Sky’s Rachel Brown-Finnis for TV….

22.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football,  Notts County ladies vs Birmingham Ladies

…. ‘are you SURE?’ … Brown-Finnis double checks with her producer that he REALLY wants her to interview this lot! 🙂

The opening round of the Continental Cup gave manager Passmoor an opportunity to rest the likes of Laura Bassett, Ellen White and Rachel Williams and give one or two squad players a run out…

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… Ashleigh Plumptre made the most of her time in the starting line-up…

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… and Laura Jayne-O’Neil relishes her opportunity to impress.

And County looked solid and  composed in the opening exchanges and went ahead early on in the game through Jess Clarke, who has hit a fine vein of goal scoring form.

County go 1-0 up courtesy of another Jess Clarke goal. You’ll notice there’s no pictures of this go-ahead goal. That’s because the photographer was moving position when the goal was scored!

22.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football,  Notts County ladies vs Birmingham Ladies

Clarke scores! Honest!

The game see-sawed back and forth with Birmingham punching above their weight and one or two challenges becoming a little ‘tasty’.

22.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football,  Notts County ladies vs Birmingham Ladies

Clarke is viciously head-butted in the right boot! The ref gave the free-kick the other way!

Clarke is bundled off the ball …

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… Buet is painfully hacked down from behind!

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As the first half eased to a close, County looked bruised but comfortable but with seconds to go conceded a goal at what is classically described in football as the ‘worst possible time’ – just before half-time (personally I think the worst possible time is just about when Birmingham conceded their second goal).

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Remi Allen scores to equalise for Birmingham just before the break.

Half-time entertainment was restored by the magnificently marvelous Master of Ceremonies Matt Rowland; ‘boot the ball in the net’ for a random prize makes a heroic return …

22.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football,  Notts County ladies vs Birmingham Ladies

MC Matty on the Mic starts to rap much to the amazement of the crowd.

22.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football,  Notts County ladies vs Birmingham Ladies

The half-time comp kicks off…

22.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football,  Notts County ladies vs Birmingham Ladies

Fervent Lady Pies supporter Tids (or is it Sal) collects her prize from MC Matty; it’s his last week’s ‘pitch & putt’ scorecard.

The second half began and it saw Birmingham match County for effort and creation of chances. Around the 60 minute mark Passmoor brought on Williams and Susi and both had a positive impact and lifted the tempo with County suddenly playing some of their best football.

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22.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football,  Notts County ladies vs Birmingham Ladies

… putting herself about…

BG1U6512… and getting booked.

The half rolled home toward full-time like a drunken sailor on shore-leave with the balance of the game see-sawing back and forth.

With only 2 minutes to go of normal time Birmingham were awarded a hotly contested free-kick on the edge of the Notts 18yd box…

22.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football,  Notts County ladies vs Birmingham Ladies

Fortunately for Notts the ball sailed over the bar.

The announcer declared 4 minutes of extra time and on the 93rd minute Dani Buet picked the ball up in midfield, dropped a shoulder and found a meter of space before swinging the ball wide to the left flank to Dunia Susi…

22.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football,  Notts County ladies vs Birmingham Ladies

… Susi collected the ball and stood her marker up before catching her flat-footed to ease past her and swing a left-footed cross into the Birmingham box…

22.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football,  Notts County ladies vs Birmingham Ladies

… where it was met by Aileen Whelan to head a looping effort over Birmingham keeper Becky Spencer!

22.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football,  Notts County ladies vs Birmingham Ladies

Spencer and Birmingham are floored by Whelan’s winning goal!

22.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football,  Notts County ladies vs Birmingham Ladies

Williams grabs Whelan to execute one of the more bizarre goal celebrations!

22.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football,  Notts County ladies vs Birmingham Ladies

The full-time whistle went with no time for Birmingham to reply and Notts snatch all 3 points!

22.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football,  Notts County ladies vs Birmingham Ladies

With the game over strength coach Paul Campbell sets off on his milk round…

22.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football,  Notts County ladies vs Birmingham Ladies

Rachel Brown-Finnis patiently listens to Rick’s answer to her first question….. then, 7 minutes later….falls…… quietly……. asleep.

Meanwhile…

22.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football,  Notts County ladies vs Birmingham Ladies

… Aileen Whelan is informed by Desiree Scott that she is needed for an interview.

22.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football,  Notts County ladies vs Birmingham Ladies

Whelan, clutching her lucky shin pads, nervously gives her ‘it was a team effort’ interview, then …

22.07.2015. Select Security Stadium,Liverpool, England. The FA Women’s Super League Football,  Notts County ladies vs Birmingham Ladies

… legs it as fast as possible before MC Matty can arrange another interview (or starts rapping)!

(C) Drew Smith Photography

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and just in case I should ever write or post anything inaccurate, stupid or downright misleading I’d like it to be known that those inaccuracies, stupidities and misleading statements and pictures are mine, and mine alone! 

…. everything else is Matt Rowland’s fault.

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Posted July 24, 2015 by Drew in Uncategorized

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