Defeat for SSFC Ladies in Subsidiary Cup
South Shields fell to a 4-2 defeat at West Allotment Ladies in the NERWFL Subsidiary Cup on Sunday.
The away side created numerous chances during the 90 minutes and were unlucky not to come away with a victory.
Shields broke the deadlock moments after the kick-off as Jade Dryden capitalised on a looping ball into the six-yard box and forced an own goal.
A searching through ball from Annece Legg found Lois Greenslade soon after but her deft touch over the goalkeeper went narrowly wide.
Shields continued to pile on the pressure and the ball fell kindly to Becki McMahon, but she thundered an effort off the bar.
Despite all of the Mariners’ pressure, West Allotment found an equaliser as a long-range strike looped over Erin Williams-Brown and into the net.
Shields then found themselves behind as West Allotment countered from a corner. Williams-Brown made a great initial save but the rebound was tapped in.
Eve Gattens then missed a great opportunity as Greenslade burst down the right wing and cut the ball across the box, but it took an unfortunate bounce and the effort was scuffed wide.
Dryden found space on the edge of the area and fired a fierce shot towards the bottom corner but the goalkeeper matched it and turned the ball away for a corner.
Despite the Mariners starting the second half strongly, West Allotment scored a third. McMahon looked to be fouled in the build-up but the referee waved play on and Allotment took full advantage.
Shields responded immediately as a dangerous corner was played in by Legg, causing unrest in the six-yard box, and Megan Archbold capitalised and slotted the ball into the bottom corner. Legg’s delivery from set-pieces had caused issues for Allotment all afternoon.
As the Mariners pressed for an equaliser, Gattens played a wonderful ball through to Dryden, who narrowly put an effort past the post with the goalkeeper stranded.
Shields couldn’t have come much closer when Rebecca Ward found space inside the box following good work from Gattens, but the ball bounced off the base of the post and out.
West Allotment nearly hit their visitors with a sucker punch as they found themselves one-on-one. Archbold reacted to the danger and cleared the ball off the line in the nick of time.
Despite Shields’ constant pressure, Allotment came away with a fourth. A breakdown in communication in defence allowed a one-on-one, which was put away by the forward.
Shields captain Alex Miller said: “We’re disappointed. This is a game that we should have won.
“It’s especially disappointing after last week, after playing so well and keeping the clean sheet, but we’re a great group of players with bags of potential and we will bounce back.
“We are eager to put this one behind us and we’re already looking forward to the next one.”