Coventry United Ladies Retain The County CupDate: 01 May 2019 at 13:59 by Liam Cook
The County Cup is staying in Coventry as the Red and Green Girls successfully defend their title against old rivals West Bromwich Albion Women in the grand final at the Lamb Ground.
United and West Brom have dominated the Birmingham FA Womens’ County Cup in recent years, so it was no surprise to see the two sides meet once more in Tamworth, with United looking for payback after losing to the Baggies in Hednesford 2 years prior. United boss Jay Bradford made one change from the side which beat Plymouth 5-2 the previous Sunday, with Tash Merritt returning to the starting 11 in place of Jenna Roberts, with Erin Riden slotting back into defense after starting in a holding midfield role 2 days prior.
Coventry took an early advantage just 4 minutes after the opening whistle. Surprise surprise it was Amy Wathan to convert a well executed Rosie McDonnell cross with a powerful close range header. West Brom were not going to allow United to stroll through the 90 with a 1 goal lead, as the Baggies pressed forward consistently, only to be met by the brick wall that is the United defense. On occasion, West Brom did sneak through, but found Sue Wood in inspired form between the sticks. West Brom keeper Vanesses Kinnerley had to be on her toes to prevent Wathan from adding a second, charging down an attempt from United’s top scorer. Off target attempts from Chenise Austin and Beth Merrick kept West Brom honest. Despite West Brom continuing to grow into the match as the first half progressed, and Hannah George sending a guilt edge shot into Wood from close range, the half time break arrived with the score at 1-0.
West Brom suffered from a case of Déjà vu as round two got underway. 3 minutes in the second half, Beth Merrick’s looping effort breezed through Kinnerley’s fingers to double United’s lead. Ex United forward Keeley Davies was determined to find the net against her old side, but three long range strikes failed to hit the mark. Once United had their two goal cushion, they rarely look troubled and made the game safe with 3 minutes to spare, the in-form Amber Hughes capping off another special night at the Lamb Ground with a low strike across Kinnerley. Development squad players Amelia Shiner and Yas Klucis were brought on in the closing stages, furthering their development from prospects to first teamers. The referee ended the match, as United wrapped up their second consecutive County Cup.
CUTV’s video highlights of this match, along with their exclusive interview with Jay Bradford after the game, are available to view via the links below.