For the world' first football club since 1857, the year that football kicked off, this Sunday was a FIRST FOR THE WORLD'S FIRST !
The SFC women's team has had a great recent history under manager Helen Mitchell with a quarter final victory over Bradford City 2-1 and a win in the semi-final against Preston North End,and league championships. Last year at this time I was at Bootham Crescent in York as Aston Villa defeated Leeds United ladies on penalty kicks. The South Yorkshire ladies opponents were Cardiff City Ladies, semi final winners 1-0 over Coventry City Ladies.
This weekend saw the FA Women's Premier League Cup final move to The Pirelli Stadium, home of Burton Albion for the first time. Burton on Trent is the beer capital of Britain, hence the local club's nickname The Brewers. Behind the stadium is the Pirelli tire factory. It was a brisk 30 minute walk from the train station to the new stadium built in 2005 and four years later The Brewers made it into The Football League.
There seemed to be more FA suits and blazers in the posh seats,whose motto is NMAFL- never miss a free lunch. The FA Premier League 8 strong management committee has two females, but the pre match presentation and post match awards was men only- Perhaps the ladies were serving tea and making sandwiches?
Anyway, what a match we had in front of us with Sheffield dominating throughout and triumphing 6-2.
The Sheffield lasses were as fit as butcher's dogs and were sensational throughout with a cool running attack and a solid defence. in the 11th minute captain Caria Ward struck from the penalty spot after Cardiff gk initially saved but couldn't stop the rebound. 1-0.
In the 32nd minute Ward doubled her tally. Claire Wallhead in the Sheffield goal tried to dribble out of her box in the 40th minute, lost it and Beth Lloyd took advantage, stole the ball and reduced the arrears. 3-1 at HT when Suzanne Davies scored with a rocket shot.
Jodie Michalska scored the 4th in the 50th minute and then Carla Ward complted her hat trick followed by goal number 6, both in the 75th minute bfore Lauren Townsend made it 6-2 just before the final whistle.
This Sunday the Treble Winners will be at the Home of Football 2.00pm for their final match v Bradford City to receive the FA Premier League trophy which they ran away with. Special entry fee only £1.00.
BE THERE OR BE SQUARE.