Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team are through to the next round of the League Cup after beating Stockport County on Sunday.
The Terriers hosted Stockport County on Sunday as both teams took part in the same fixture for the second week in a row, albeit in two different competitions however much like last weekend, the game was filled with great play from both sides that was ultimately won in the final ten minutes of the game.
This weekend Town kicked off in the determining round of the League Cup, successfully and comfortably progressing to the next round, with manager Alan Eastwood making two changes to the side who defeated County just one week earlier.
The game started and as it progressed, both sides were looking for an opener, and just over ten minutes into the game, Falone Sumaili had the perfect opportunity to take the lead with her headed effort that was just high of the crossbar. Before five minutes later, County had a great chance that was just wide.
However, on the half an hour mark, Town were dealt with a massive blow as captain Kayley Hird went down injured, Sian Gibrill-Keating came on in replace of the defender.
Last weekend, Gibrill-Keating scored a brace for the Terriers, so it was a great chance for her to score against County for the second week in a row and just ten minutes after coming onto the field, she did just that! There was some great play from the substitute to beat the defenders and the goalkeeper to break the deadlock. However, as the half-time whistle was moments away, Town conceded and County earned themselves an equaliser just before the break.
At the start of the second half, Stockport were pushing forward to take the lead and a few good chances kept Laura Carter busy in goal, but every attempt was just short of the target. However, it was Tara Duce who found the breakthrough when she scored a wonderful free kick 15 minutes into the second half. September’s goal of the month winner once again scoring an incredible goal for Town.
As the game progressed and neared the end, Sumaili scored after beating the goalkeeper to make a simple pass into the back of the net. This was Town’s third goal of the game and the forward extended her run of scoring in every game she has started for the Terriers.
But that did not stop County, who continued and pushed to find another goal, but it was just too much for their young squad as moments before full-time Town scored two in a minute and a half. First, Cassidy Clift scored on her first appearance this season after a great shot on her left foot, before Duce finished the scoring with an almost replica of her earlier free kick.
A great performance from Town to send them to the next round of the cup. But, ten goals scored in two games is a great record that the Terriers will look to build on in their cup and league competitions for the rest of the season.
At full-time, manager Alan Eastwood spoke on the result:
“There was a few frustrations at half time, I think we knew that we weren’t quite on the ball but, again, I think it is quite hard when you come away from a decent win against the team the week before because it could be in your head that it is going to be possibly easier than what you think it is going to be.
“Cass (Clift) has scored today in a position that is not natural. We pushed her out wide onto the right hand side, she cut inside and scored with her left foot, it was a great finish and i’m very pleased for her as well.”
The Terriers oppositions player of the match was Tara Duce. Town take on Barnsley away in their next league game and will look to build on their performances from the last few weeks.