SSE Women's FA Cup 5th Round - 17th February 2019
West Ham United WFC 8 - 1 Huddersfield Town LFC
Huddersfield Town Ladies bow out of the FA Cup
Huddersfield Town Ladies’ tremendous cup run came to an end, losing 8-1 to an impressive West Ham United Women side in London.
Town started the better side and went ahead in the fourteenth minute when, after beating her defender who handled the ball inside the area, club captain Kate Mallin stepped up to bury the spot kick into the top corner.
Memories of Charlton just a week prior must have been etched in the players’ minds and for a while it looked as though another cup upset might have been on the cards. Alas, it wasn’t to be as four goals in fifteen minutes saw the hosts turn the game around.
After Kate Longhurst got West Ham back on level terms, strikes from Leanne Kiernan, Alisha Lehmann and Jane Ross gave the WSL side a commanding lead at the break.
West Ham may have created far more opportunities, but the Terriers kept on fighting for every ball and when Charlotte Oates tipped Kiernan’s shot onto the post, it was clear to see that Huddersfield had not given up hope.
But on 66 minutes, Rosie Kimita, who had only just emerged from the bench, put the game well and truly to bed with an eventually simple finish despite dogged Town defending.
Futher goals from Brianna Visalli and a hattrick strike for Kiernan gave the score-line a resounding look and, when the referee blew his whistle for the final time, it was hard to argue against the result.
There are, however, lots of positives to be taken from the game. Town took the lead and outplayed their WSL opponents for a quarter of the match and although a harsh lesson, the experience can only help with the players’ development.
It has been a truly memorable cup run – one that has seen unbelievable highs and one that will live long in the memory of everyone involved. Town should feel immensely proud of what they have achieved so far this season, and there is still more to come.
Next up, Town return to the Stafflex Arena as they host Blackburn in the League Cup Quarter Finals. With the visitors taking all three points from the league fixture last month, there is no better way to exact revenge than to get back to winning ways and send a statement of intent out to the other clubs left in the competition.
Match report by Jack Walker