No happy homecoming for Morecambe Ladies

Layla Garnett in action on her Morecambe Ladies debut against Leeds.
Layla Garnett in action on her Morecambe Ladies debut against Leeds.
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Leeds proved too good for Morecambe Ladies on Sunday as they came away 3-1 winners in their Women’s Premier League Northern Division One clash.

Once again hit by injuries at Lancaster & Morecambe College the high point of the day for the Shrimpettes was Laura Marshall’s debut goal.

After an even start it was Leeds who went in front on 10 minutes however, Bianca Ross exchanging a one-two with Emma Bentley before firing a looping shot high into the net.

The teams seemed well matched however, Marshall had a wind assisted shot over the bar for Morecambe and Bentley fired wide of the post for Leeds.

Lupton had the best chance for an equaliser but could only fire high and wide after finding space on the left side of the area.

Layla Garnett, another player on debut, then brought a decent save from the Leeds ‘keeper before Beth Fisher released Sophie Fish on for her chip to go high over the bar.

For Leeds, Ross brought a fine save from Emma Reader before the visitors doubled their lead five minutes before the break.

Hannah Campbell and Carey Huegett exchanged passes with the former’s low cross from the right met perfectly by Ross at the near post to make it 2-0.

There was still time for a Leeds third before the half-time interval.

Huegett split the Morecambe defence with a through ball to Hannah Campbell, whose deft first left her with only Reader to beat and she buried the ball into the back of the net.

The scoreline was harsh on the Seagals but within two minutes of the restart they had pulled a goal back, Marshall driving forward with purpose before firing a dipping shot into the top-left corner.

The comeback didn’t materialise however with the visitors looking a threat on the counter attack, Ross firing over before rattling the crossbar after a series of corners.

It took until the closing stages of the game for the first real opening of the second half, Ross finding herself with only Reader to beat late on but she placed the ball past the ‘keeper and the post.