MATCH REPORT: Durham 2-4 Huddersfield Town Devs

Town find victory against Durham to book a place in the second round of the League Cup.

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Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team were successful in their first round FAWNL Cup tie away to Durham Cestria. A double from Cassidy Clift in the first half and goals from Falone Sumaili and Macy Ellis secured Town Women’s name in the next round.

The first half started with both teams trying to figure each other out, however it was Town that looked the more threatening as the game went on. Macy Ellis, Clift and Sian Gibrill-Keating all had chances but were denied by the Durham goalkeeper. Just after the half-hour mark Clift was able to convert from inside the box.

The Devs continued to find themselves coming close again on multiple occasions. Macy Ellis used her pace to pass the Durham defenders and her momentum to pass the on-rushing goalkeeper, however her final touch was too much as the ball narrowly went out of play.

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But the Terriers’ would soon double their lead on the brink of half-time as they piled on the pressure inside the Durham box. It was inevitable that someone would strike the ball into the back of the net, and this time it fell once again to Clift. The half time whistle sounded 54 minutes after the game kicked off.

With the early December nights drawing in, the second half started with Durham looking the more threatening as they looked to get back into this cup tie. Although, Molly Ellis was allowed through on goal only to have her shot saved by the brave goalkeeper. Just before the hour mark, Durham got a goal back following a powerful shot from inside the box.

Moments later, Town goalkeeper Phoebe Tomlin was forced into making a brilliant diving save to prevent the North-East side equalising. Town’s first change introduced Falone Sumaili into the game, and this proved effective as the striker scored a low chip-shot as she went one-on-one with the goalkeeper just minutes later.

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However, Town’s two-goal lead was once again reduced to one as the hosts got another goal back in the 70th minute. With the skies darkening further, it was hoped that the game would be completed in normal time with the pitch not having floodlights.

Just 10 minutes later, Town made sure the game would finish within the 90 as Macy Ellis scored under controversial circumstances. A long range pass destined for the Durham goalkeeper was intercepted by Ellis before the ‘keeper was able to gain full control. Ellis managed to scoop the ball back from her to convert town’s fourth goal of the game, sparking protests from Durham players, staff and fans. The goal stood.

The final 10 minutes of the game saw both teams battling in midfield with Town opting to have more players behind the ball to protect their two goal lead. This plan worked as the full-time whistle sounded to the delight of manager Alan Eastwood:

We knew full-well from the home game we played the other week that they were well organised and a very physical team who play good football – so we always had to be our best today [and] after the first 10-15 minutes I thought we were.”

“Looking into next week, we go into this match [against Hull City Ladies] really positive and hopefully have another good performance before Christmas. We can build a lot on today.”

Town Devs now prepare for our final game of the year as we host Hull City on Sunday 19th December at the Stafflex Arena.

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