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Salford City Lionesses, Salford City Lionesses 6-1 West Kirby LadiesSalford City Lionesses responded to defeat at Chester in the perfect fashion with a 6-1 win over West Kirby Ladies.

The first half was a 45 minutes to forget, but after Ellen Thornton’s early second half goal the floodgates opened.

Beth Tattersall scored her first of the game shortly after before the visitors pulled one back from the penalty spot.

However a further two goals from the captain were complemented by goals from Feiruz Abdullahi and Stacey Barley to complete the victory.

Speaking after the game, manager Shauna Duffy was pleased with the win and says the score reflected the Lionesses’ dominance.

“We’ve been working hard in training, and with us having a week off it was time to go back to the drawing board, figure out what went wrong and how we can make it better, and I think that showed with our second half performance.

“The first half was difficult, we dominated possession but we weren’t really playing with a purpose and I think that showed with the scoreline being 0-0 at half time. 

“But as soon as you go back to basics, the scoreline reflects the game as a whole when you look at the final score being 6-1.

“The way the girls train is fantastic, we only train once a week but the time that they put in on the pitch is brilliant and it’s just a shame that we just can’t quite get those performances we’re really looking for on a game day. 

“But it takes time and it’s a much tougher league than we were in last year so I’m sure time will take its course, and we’ll start settling into games much quicker than we currently have been. 

“I think overall we’ve got to be happy with where we’re standing and things are only going to get better.”

Salford City Lionesses, Salford City Lionesses 6-1 West Kirby Ladies, Ellen ThorntonThornton’s first goal of the season came from a set piece as Barley floated a ball over to the back post which the centre-back headed back across goal, and looped into the top corner leaving the goalkeeper with no chance.

That was quickly followed in the 53rd minute by Tattersall’s first of the afternoon. Again Barley was the architect as she slipped a pass right for the captain who kept her composure to slot a shot past the oncoming keeper.

Salford City Lionesses, Salford City Lionesses 6-1 West Kirby LadiesEven the first 10 minutes of the second half were looking more promising than the first half, but the visitors pulled a goal back in the 55th minute. A rather innocuous challenge in the area was penalised and a penalty awarded, which Lyndsey Rodger dispatched past Jess Duke.

It came against the run of play though, and shortly after the hour mark Salford restored their two-goal cushion. Similarly to her first, Tattersall raced onto a through ball and calmly slipped it past the keeper from the right-hand side.

Salford City Lionesses, Salford City Lionesses 6-1 West Kirby Ladies, Stacey BarleyChelsea Wharton was back in the side after missing the Chester game, and had been influential in the middle. In the 70th minute her ball over the top fell for Barley who cut inside of her marker and lethally shot into the top corner.

Following up was Abdullahi to maintain her record of scoring in every game this season as she finished from a tight angle to put the game well and truly beyond West Kirby, whose closest chance since scoring was an error by Duke which she recovered well from to stop the ball crossing the line.

The final nail in the coffin for the visitors came with the last kick of the game when Tattersall scored from inside the area, poking the ball home.

A much improved display from the Chester game, and next up is a trip to Wythenshawe Amateurs.

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