Wapping women return to winning ways

PUBLISHED: 09:30 28 February 2017

Lotta Paulus in action for Wapping against Norwich City (pic Iain McAuslan)

Lotta Paulus in action for Wapping against Norwich City (pic Iain McAuslan)


Wapping 2 Norwich City 0

Wapping’s women got back to winning ways in the East League Premier Division with success over Norwich City.

They were missing key players in captain Lucy Todd and defenders Becky Hart, Aoife Smyth and Maria Keizer, but adjusted their formation to make up for it.

After a sluggish start, Wapping upped the tempo with some fine skill from Lotta Paulus, who beat four players to win the first short corner of the match.

And the hosts then proved that practice makes perfect as Belinda Armstrong’s injection was fired goalwards by Aisling McKeon for a diving Kate O’Sullivan to deflect into the net.

Wapping controlled play after that, despite losing Sarah Burke to the sin-bin, as Armstrong linked up well with Canadian international Katelynn Roganowicz, whose skills kept the Norwich defence on their toes.

Hannah Gage and McKeon held firm at full-back, as player of the match Ciara Murphy, Armstrong and the returning Burke worked hard to stop the visitors breaking down play in midfield.

And Wapping doubled their lead when more individual skill from player of the match Murphy saw her make room to smash a reverse stick shot past the keeper.

The hosts tried to increase their goal difference in the closing quarter of an hour, with Kate Silbermann, O’Sullivan and Francesca Sutton all applying pressure.

And they went close to a third when Roganowicz’s slip pass gave O’Sullivan a sight of goal, only for the ball to skim a post.

Armstrong set up Jordan Mulvaney late on, but her reverse chip could not beat the keeper either and Wapping had to settle for a 2-0 win.

Goals from Ruth Tilsley and Harri Simmons-Mason saw the seconds to a 2-1 win over Brom & Becks seconds, while Louise Clarke and Isabelle Meere netted for the thirds as they beat Upminster seconds by the same scoreline.

Karolin Schaps-Bolle and Ellie Brooke were on target as the fourths beat Braintree 2-0, while Ella van den Brink’s brace and efforts from Chrissie Eckhart and Lucia Yau saw the fifths beat Romford by the odd goal in seven.

Van den Brink scored twice more as the ninths beat London Royals by a 5-3 margin, with Sophie Bennett also doubling up and Sam Cree getting in on the act, but the sixths lost 3-2 to East London fifths, with Emma Field and Bee Hughes on target, and the eighths went down 7-2 against Southend & Benfleet thirds, as Gisela Barbuto and Sharon Law grabbed their consolations.

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