Guiseley Vixens 3 v 3 Stoke City Ladies (FA Women’s Premier League North)
The Vixens first home game of the season in the FA Women’s Premier League North so mid-table Stoke City Ladies visit Nethermoor Park, as the home side went in search of their first victory and points of the season.
The home side started the game well and had control of the ball in the first five minutes, keeping the pressure on the Stoke City defence. Then on six minutes the visitors won a corner which had to be cleared off the line by Vixens goalkeeper Bethany Davies.
Stoke City then had an excellent spell were they created a number of chances, the first fell to Rachel Ball who from 10 yards put a free header over the Vixens bar. Louise Roberts tried her luck from the edge of the area but her shot went wide of Davies post.
The third chance gave the visitors the lead on sixteen minutes, when a ball across the Vixens six yard box was met by Ash Hayes and controlled the ball and then slid the ball passed Davies in the Vixens goal to make the score 0-1 to Stoke City.
On twenty-four minutes, captain Alarna Fuller was brought down at the edge of the Stoke area for a free-kick. The resulting set piece hit the Stoke wall and fell to Emily Scott, who drilled an excellent shot at the visitors goal but it took a deflection and went for a corner.
The constant fouls by the visitors seamed to bring the Vixens to life as they controlled the final twenty minutes, with some excellent passing and determination to win every ball.
On thirty-four minutes, the pressure told as O’Hara collected the ball and then ran into the Stoke City area before curling a shot into the goal from the far side of the six yard box.
Just four minutes later the Vixens took the lead when Ellie Hall was brought down in the Stoke City area and after consulting the linesman the referee pointed to the spot, O’Hara stepped up and hit the keeper with the penalty before tucking away the rebound to make the half-time score 2-1 to the Vixens.
The Stoke City manager must have given the visitors a few harsh words as they came out for the second half with some real focus. It took the visitors two minutes to draw level as Ash Hayes scored with a bullet header to bring the sides level.
On fifty-four minutes, the visitors took the lead following an excellent run down the right wing and cross into the area which was met by Keryakoplis who header left Davies with no chance in the Vixens goal to make the score 2-3 to City.
O’Hara went close to bringing the home side level on sixty-two minutes, with an direct free-kick that had Hall in the Stoke City goal at full stretch but the shot went just wide.
On seventy-two minutes, Stanfield brought down the Stoke attacker Hayes on the edge of the box, the visitors driven free-kick forced Davies into an outstanding one handed save low down to her right as she pushed the ball away.
The Vixens drew level with the final kick of the game, when Emily Scott floated a free-kick into the visitors six yard box, Guiseley captain Alarna Fuller headed the ball passed Hall in the Stoke City goal to make the final score 3-3 and seal the Vixen’s first point of the season.
Tensions were running high after the full-time whistle with the away side arguing with the officials about the late Guiseley equalizer. Stoke City defender Emily Owen took the protest to far and was shown a straight red card by the referee for decent.
The Vixens will now travel to the North-East on Wednesday evening as they taken on high flying Middlesbrough at Teesdale Park in the FA Women’s Premier League North looking for the first win of the season.
Guiseley Vixens – Davies, Hall, Fuller, Stanfield, Heald, Griffiths, O’Hara, Scott, Worts, Roberts, Chadwick (Subs) Brace, Blythe, Hastings, Seamans, Clarke
Stoke City Ladies – Hall, Hudson, Gibson, Roberts, Hyde, Ball, Bowyer, Palmer, Owen, Keryakoplis, Hayes (Subs) Wright, King, Tezgel, Richardson, Wellings
Goals – (Guiseley) O’Hara (2), Fuller (Stoke City) Hayes (2), Keryakoplis
Attendance – 28