MATCH REPORT: Huddersfield win County Cup Final against Barnsley Women

Town Women win silverware in County Cup Competition

  • Barnsley 0-5 Huddersfield Town Women
  • Terriers win cup for third time in six years
  • Elford hat-trick followed Fletcher and Sanderson goals
Huddersfield Town win County Cup against Barnsley
MARK PARSONS

Huddersfield Town Women have been crowned the Sheffield & Hallamshire FA County Cup champions following a convincing 5-0 win against Barnsley Women at Doncaster Rovers’ Eco-Power Stadium.

A second-half Laura Elford hat-trick and goals from Serena Fletcher and Britt Sanderson secured Town Women’s third County Cup title in six years.

Both teams started the match brightly exchanging quick attacks as either side looked to grab an early advantage. After 14 minutes it was advantage to the Terriers following a well-worked move by Yasmin Mason before finding Fletcher poaching on the edge of the box – her strike finding the back of the net.

Huddersfield Town win County Cup against Barnsley
MARK PARSONS

HTAFC Women made it two just ten minutes later following a smart counterattack that beat the offside trap. Fletcher setting up Sanderson who shot on the turn to double Town Women’s lead. The first half concluded with the Terriers two goals ahead.

The second half saw Huddersfield’s leading goal scorer take centre stage with Elford scoring her first, Town Women’s third, in the 58th minute. Two quick goals within the final ten minutes completed Elford’s hattrick.

In her penultimate game for Town Women after a decade at the club, Vicky Abbott thought she scored in the final moments of the game when her rebounded header was ruled offside, nevertheless the celebrations started moments later following the referee’s full-time whistle.

First Team Manager, Glen Preston expressed his happiness:

“I am delighted for the club, players and staff that we could give them some silverware to celebrate, because I think everyone deserves it.

“The players versus Southampton gave it everything a week ago to try and make that a possibility and we came up short on the day, and so to bounce back in the manner we did today was a credit to all involved. We played some great football, scored some quality goals and so for me it’s a fitting way to round the season off.”

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There was also silverware for Huddersfield Town Women’s development team as they secured their Reserve league title following a 5-0 win against league-title rivals Chorley Reserves. This completed a double-silverware weekend for HTAFC Women who conclude their season on Sunday 8th May as they welcome already relegated Hull City Ladies to the Stafflex Arena.

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