SSFC Ladies pegged back in 1st Cloud Arena draw

SSFC Ladies pegged back in 1st Cloud Arena draw

South Shields Ladies were held to a draw by Ossett United at 1st Cloud Arena on Sunday.

Goals from Caitlin Bates and Gabby Pedersen saw the Mariners take the lead twice, but their Yorkshire visitors pegged them back on both occasions to take a share of the spoils.

Shields enjoyed most of the opening proceedings and had the first chance of the game, as Bates hit the outside of the post.

However, Bates did fire the Mariners into an early lead when she showed great composure to take the ball around the goalkeeper and fire into an empty net.

Ossett United brought the scores level shortly afterwards. A speculative effort from the edge of the area hit the inside of the post and into the net, giving Scarlett Gowans no chance.

Shields ramped up the pressure after that as they attempted to go ahead for a second time. Eve Gatens weaved her way through the Ossett defence before seeing her cross blocked and from the resulting corner, Bates flashed a volley narrowly wide.

Gatens had a great chance to give Shields the lead. She controlled Sophie White’s pass brilliantly before firing her effort past the wrong side of the post.

Moments after the interval, Gowans made a brilliant save to keep the scores level. Ossett worked a one-on-one chance, but Gowans parried the ball to safety.

Shields took the lead again midway through the second half through Pedersen. A dangerous corner by Gatens found Monica Innes, whose header towards goal was diverted into the net by Pedersen.

The Mariners looked to capitalise on their pressure as Gatens found space on the edge of the area, but her effort skimmed the bar on its way over as the hosts’ advantage remained at one goal.

The visitors came close to equalising as a forward took the ball around Gowans, but Alex Miller did well to get her body in the way and clear the danger.

Ossett had another chance moments later. A well-hit free-kick hit the underside of the bar and somehow stayed out.

Their pressure did finally pay off as with a leveller when a break through the centre saw a clear sight on goal, and a powerful effort gave Gowans no chance as the teams took home a point apiece.

After the game, Shields head coach Ben Garrity said: “It was a great experience for the lasses to play at 1st Cloud Arena.

“We were unlucky not to come away with a victory as we had the better chances on the day, but we have to move forward and prepare for next week.

“There were spells when Ossett had us on the back foot but I thought we did well to keep our shape and stay disciplined.”