Salford City Lionesses won their second trophy of the season as they came from behind to beat Langho Ladies 5-1 in the Greater Manchester Women’s Football League Challenge Cup final.
Salford got off to a nervous start and went behind early on as a Langho free kick from the edge of the box drifted over the head of Salford keeper Jess Duke.
Langho proceeded to keep the Lionesses at bay and restrict their chances to a minimum in the early stages as they looked to build on their advantage.
However, Salford gained in confidence and captain Beth Tattersall injected some attacking flair as she saw two efforts first hit the post and secondly saved well by the Langho goalkeeper.
Eventually the inevitable Salford goal came as Laura Tobin turned well inside the box and stroked home a left footed effort into the corner of the net, drawing the Lionesses level.
Salford continued to pile the pressure on as the half drew to a close and they got their reward for it, winning a late penalty which was struck home emphatically by Abby Bennett to send the Lionesses into the break with the lead.
Half Time: Salford City Lionesses 2-1 Langho Ladies
Salford started the second half as confidently as they had finished the first and soon doubled their advantage as striker Feruz Abdullahi broke past the Langho defence and slotted the ball home under the on-rushing keeper.
With a two-goal cushion, Salford were able to control the game at a steady tempo and were making the most of their possession, creating chances from both out-wide and from the electrifying Tattersall, whose pace and trickery were proving a nightmare for the opposition’s defence.
The Salford skipper got her reward eventually as she dribbled into the box, ghosting past both defence and goalkeeper to fire home Salford’s fourth to put the match out reach for their opponents.
Despite this, complacency didn’t creep into a dominant Lionesses performance and they kept marauding forward and putting pressure on the opposition. A fifth goal came when Tattersall got onto the end of an excellent through ball and unselfishly squared it to Abdullahi who calmly finished into an empty net to complete her brace.
It could have been more for Salford with both Abdullahi and Chelsea Wharton failing to find the target, but it didn’t dent what was a fantastic performance from Salford that saw them deservedly lift their second piece of silverware this season.
Full Time: Salford City Lionesses 5-1 Langho Ladies
That’s two trophies boxed off now and the quadruple dream remains a possibility for the Lionesses. Not for the first time this season, tremendous character has been shown to come from behind to turn a game around, and it is not a bad trait to have!
We come up against Langho again next weekend in the GMWFL Division 1 cup final back at West Didsbury & Chorlton (KO 14:00), before the big finale against FC United of Manchester on Wednesday 15th May. The Division 1 Cup Final is £2 for Standard and Under-16s are free.
Report: Will Dickson