Report: Leeds United Women 0-2 Chester le Street Town

The Whites lost their last league match.

Chester le Street Town 2 (Ashton 33′, Ellison 40′)

Leeds United: Simpson (GK), Smart (C) (Astle 83′), Dobson, Hughes, Danby, Rousseau, Smith (Elliot 63′), Firth (Gibril-Keating 83′), Turner, Melrose (Jakeman 88′), Pizzarello. Sub is not used: Megeary (GK).

Chester le Street Town: Banks (GK), Jamieson, Third, Prudhoe (C) (Darrington 90′), Hunt, Ellison, Donzo, Hockaday, Donegan, Gray, Ashton (Plender 84′). Sub is not used: Henderson.

Reserved: Prudhoe (Chester le Street)

Venue: Bannister Prentice Stadium, Garforth

Leeds United Women slumped to defeat in their final game of the league campaign, with two goals from Chester le Street Town before the break proving to be the difference at Garforth.

The visitors started brightly and looked to use the pace of striker Jolie Donzo, with the Chester le Street number nine enjoying success down the left.

Under pressure from the retreating Jess Melrose, Donzo first fired a low shot wide of the near post after latching on to a long pass, before pouncing from the edge of the area after good skill saw her creating a space in the yard.

After negotiating early pressure from the away side, Simon Wood’s side began to impose their authority on proceedings, with sharpshooter Jess Rousseau becoming more involved as the Whites searched for an opening.

After picking up the ball in the opposition’s half, the striker went on a marauding run, dancing past several blue shirts before being brought down in the area.

Referee Oliver Holland waved the calls as he went through Sarah Danby to strike, but a good save from Brogan Prudhoe cleared the danger.

The game began to open up with both teams using pace to break as Donzo then forced Carrie Simpson into a smart save to deny the striker.

The Whites countered immediately, with Kath Smith floating a superb delivery into the path of the onrushing Alice Hughes, but the midfielder could not get her volley on target.

In possession, United looked strong down the right and the trend continued when Melrose picked out Molly Firth, who made a mark first time, skipping past her opposite number before flicking a dangerous delivery for Rousseau. The striker looked set to head home, but desperate defending by Emma Hunt saw Chester le Street clear.

The County Durham outfit took the lead just after the half hour when Jenny Ashton reacted quickly to slot past Simpson. Ellie Dobson had initially made a superb block to deny the striker, but the ball landed quite fortuitously at the feet of Ashton, who had the simplest of tasks.

Five minutes before the break, Phil Hubbard’s side had another when midfielder Katie Ellison was well placed to put the ball in the back of the net as she ran onto Donzo’s cross from the left.

FOR TIME: Leeds United Women 0-2 Chester le Street Town

The Whites responded brightly after the break, with Chester le Street having left-back Anya Donegan to thank for keeping her side’s clean sheet.

Rousseau produced a fine piece of skill to squirm inside the area, shooting from close range and seeing his goal-bound effort cleared off the line by the full-back as United piled on the pressure.

A Danby corner then created a great chance for the home side but neither Dobson nor Hughes could get any meaningful contact on the ball as the opportunity went begging.

Despite United knocking on the door for a route back into the tie, Simpson had to be alert at the other end to prevent Chester le Street from adding a third, pulling off a superb save to deny Donzo’s header from close range before Lucy Turner made an attack. crucial block to eliminate the attacker’s tracking effort.

More chances came and went for the lively Donzo, with Simpson again standing tall to block after an incisive one-touch move sent the striker behind.

Wood’s side continued to search for a lifeline and went close once more, with Dobson rising highest to meet another dangerous Danby corner, but the defender could not guide his header on target.

With just over 10 minutes to play, Firth was inches away from getting on the end of Rousseau’s pass which flashed across the face of goal, the ball eluding the midfielder at full length as she looked to halve the deficit.

Smart had two points before the full-time whistle but Paris Banks was equal to the powerful units as the visitors held on to take the three points back north.

The result sees Leeds United finish the FAWNL Division One North season in sixth place.

FULL TIME: Leeds United Women 0-2 Chester le Street Town

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