Salford City Lionesses made it two wins from two with a 7-0 victory at Hacken Lane over Bolton Lads & Girls Club in the chilly September sun.
Feiruz Abdullahi, who bagged a double hat-trick last weekend in the win against AFC Urmston Meadowside, added another four goals to her tally on Sunday while Beth Tattersall, Abby Bennett and Phoebe Duckworth completed the scoring.
In about the same amount of time it took Tom Walker to open the scoring for the first team on Saturday, Abdullahi had given the visitors the lead when she closed down the goalkeeper as she tried to clear and came away with the ball. The top scorer kept her cool to round the keeper and slot home.
A few minutes later, with Salford playing some slick football on the artificial surface, Tattersall ran onto a perfectly weighted through-ball from Chelsea Wharton down the right hand side, before calmly placing the ball into the left-hand post.
Bennett sent a free-kick, placed right on the edge of the area, narrowly over the bar just after the 10 minute mark, and she wouldn’t have to wait too long to open her account for the season. But first Abdullahi increased her tally with a tidy finish into the near post after Tattersall’s ball through the right-hand side.
It was another tidy finish by Bennett a couple of minutes later from inside the area to make it 4-0 to the visitors.
As of yet, Bolton hadn’t created much but they had a gilt-edged opportunity to score the first goal past Salford this season as The Lionesses were penalised for a back pass. The free-kick inside the area was to the left of goal and about 14 yards out, but rather than shoot Bolton squared it to the number 14 whose shot was blocked and the danger was cleared.
They were punished in the 36th minute when Duckworth, rather fortunately, extended Salford’s lead. The break was on down the left-hand side and with red shirts arriving in the middle the winger opted to cross the ball, but rather than pick out a team mate, her cross was picked up by the wind which blew the trajectory of the ball away from the oncoming strikers and into the far post.
Chances were fewer and far between in the second half against a more solid Bolton side, but Abdullahi’s quality took the game out of reach as she made it 6-0 with a finish into the left post after running in from the right.
The final goal came from a sustained period of pressure which started off with Bennett rattling the crossbar with a shot from distance. While the white was still vibrating up and down Laura Tobin recovered possession on the left and squared the ball into the middle where Abdullahi had a simple tap-in.
A blank weekend in the league schedule means the next game is on Sunday 7th October, when the Lionesses host Sale Ladies.