Seventh heaven for Saints

By SFC Media time Sun 01 Mar Saints vs Maidenhead United
Photo by Tom Mulholland
Sun 01 Mar 2PM
FA Womens National League - Division One South West
Southampton
7
Maidenhead United
0
Albuery [2'] [71'] Ware [49'] [57'] [72'] Sievwright [65'] Freeland [79']
goal
Referee: John Harvey | Venue: Staplewood Campus | Attendance: 0

Southampton FC Women continued their unbeaten National League campaign, with a 7-0 victory over Maidenhead United at Staplewood Campus.

A hat-trick from half-time substitute Alisha Ware, alongside a Shannon Albuery double, an effort from Georgie Freeland and a Shannon Sievwright free-kick secured another three points for Marieanne Spacey-Cale’s side.

The visitors defended resolutely during the first-half, keeping the score to just 1-0 at the break.

But the second half saw a dominant performance from the hosts, who wore out their opponents and put the result beyond all doubt.

Saints got off to a flying start; after just two minutes Albuery was in the right place at the right time to convert from close range, following a low Freeland cross.

Albuery was soon played through again, this time by Sophia Pharoah and only being denied a certain second by the offside flag.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - March 1: Shannon Albuery of Southampton FC Womens scores her sideÕs first goal during the FA WomenÕs National League match between Southampton Women and Maidenhead United at Staplewood Campus on March 1 2020, Exeter, England. (Photo by Tom Mulholland/Southampton FC)
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - March 1: Shannon Albuery of Southampton FC Womens scores her side’s first goal during the FA Women’s National League match between Southampton Women and Maidenhead United at Staplewood Campus on March 1 2020, Exeter, England. (Photo by Tom Mulholland/Southampton FC)
Shannon Albuery directs the ball home after just two minutes.

The first ten minutes were certainly fruitful for the Saints winger, who had a third effort following a mazy run which floated harmlessly wide in the end.

A search for a second continued as the hosts enjoyed the lion’s share of possession early on; Kirsty Whitton hitting a looping effort wide of the far post in the 13th minute.

But Maidenhead did not buckle following the early opener, continuing to stand strong and frustrate Saints particularly in midfield.

It was a clever set piece routine which saw Whitton go close once more just past the half hour mark; Phoebe Williams laying the ball off to Sophia Pharoah, who lofted an effort into the unmarked Whitton, producing a header which beat the keeper but was cleared off the line.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - March 1: Charley Evans of Southampton FC Womens during the FA WomenÕs National League match between Southampton Women and Maidenhead United at Staplewood Campus on March 1 2020, Exeter, England. (Photo by Tom Mulholland/Southampton FC)
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - March 1: Charley Evans of Southampton FC Womens during the FA Women’s National League match between Southampton Women and Maidenhead United at Staplewood Campus on March 1 2020, Exeter, England. (Photo by Tom Mulholland/Southampton FC)
Charley Evans running at her marker.

It took a mistake from the Maidenhead defenders to let Saints in with just under ten minutes to go until half time; Albuery breaking free and being bought down just before she could let fly.

A penalty was awarded in the 38th minute, but no red card given to the guilty Maidenhead party who fouled Albuery.

Sievwright stepped up and saw her spot kick saved by keeper Ellie Parker, as Spacey-Cale’s side continued to be frustrated by their National League opponents.

Despite the early break through, Saints’ lead remained at only one as the referee called for half-time.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - March 1: Shannon Sievwright of Southampton FC Womens during the FA WomenÕs National League match between Southampton Women and Maidenhead United at Staplewood Campus on March 1 2020, Exeter, England. (Photo by Tom Mulholland/Southampton FC)
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - March 1: Shannon Sievwright of Southampton FC Womens during the FA Women’s National League match between Southampton Women and Maidenhead United at Staplewood Campus on March 1 2020, Exeter, England. (Photo by Tom Mulholland/Southampton FC)
Shannon Sievwright during the first half.

After a frustrating end to the first half, Saints started the second in the best way possible; Natasha Angel floating in a cross which was met by an unmarked Alisha Ware, who slotted home to double the lead.

Ware continued to impress following coming on at the break; fed through by Rosie Parnell and unleashing a fierce effort which keeper Parker did well to hold onto.

In the 57th minute, she got a deserved second, firing in an effort from the left wing which beat the keeper and made it 3-0 to Saints.

In typical fashion the home side continued to come forward, Williams coming close from a free kick which glimpsed the top of the Maidenhead bar.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - March 1: Rosanna Parnell of Southampton FC Womens during the FA Women’s National League match between Southampton Women and Maidenhead United at Staplewood Campus on March 1 2020, Exeter, England. (Photo by Tom Mulholland/Southampton FC)
Rosie Parnell picking out a teammate from deep during the second half.

Minutes later, Sievwright went one better; stepping over a set-piece which curled round the wall into the keeper’s left corner after 65 minutes.

For all of their good defending, the Maidenhead chances were few and far between; skipper Alex Dover hitting a free-kick well wide of the mark from a promising position just shy of the 70th minute.

Meanwhile Saints kept the pressure on, Albuery notching her second of the game in the 71st minute with a delightful, close range finish over Parker to make it five.

Seconds later, Ware completed her hat-trick; Albuery turning provider this time, finding her teammate unmarked at the back post who volleyed home a sixth.

A seventh followed in the 79th minute, a deep cross met by Freeland inside the box who, under pressure, managed to head home past Parker.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - March 1: Alisha Ware of Southampton FC Womens scores her hattrick and her side’s sixth goal during the FA Women’s National League match between Southampton Women and Maidenhead United at Staplewood Campus on March 1 2020, Exeter, England. (Photo by Tom Mulholland/Southampton FC)
Alisha Ware hits home during her second half hat-trick.

As the heavens opened the game lost its tempo and flow going into the final five minutes, but Saints continued to dominate possession.

Freeland and Ware had further chances to extend what was already a comprehensive score line, but it remained seven upon the final whistle.

Saints’ attentions remain with the National League in their next outing; a visit to Larkhall Athletic on the 8th of March.

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