Salford City Lionesses manager Shauna Duffy says her side exceeded expectations in their debut 13-0 win at AFC Urmston Meadowside.
Feiruz Abdullahi scored a double hat-trick in Salford’s debut game in both women’s football and the Greater Manchester Women’s Football League Division 1.
Pheobe Duckworth, Laura Tobin, Jade Boulton, Adora Yau, and Mia Pemberton were also on the scoresheet with Ellen Thornton scoring a late brace.
“I’m really proud of the girls today,” said Duffy.
“It was a massive performance especially for their first game. We had high expectations that we wanted to win and get the three points, but I think we definitely exceeded those expectations with the result and the performance that we actually put in.
“Training’s been brilliant and that definitely showed in the game today, scoring from all areas, scoring from various players and positions, and it’s something we look to carry on doing for the rest of the season.
“Everyone really grafted and put in the hard work, and the hard work will continue into next week.”
There were five minutes on the clock when Urmston, after failing to clear their lines from a corner, were first breached. Pemberton lifted in a cross from the left-hand side and Abdullahi moved into space to head the opening goal of the season past the Urmston keeper.
A few minutes later Pemberton had a chance herself after picking up Rach Smith’s through ball, but he shot across the face of the goal evaded the far post. It would prove not to be detrimental in the end, and just a minute later the advantage was doubled as Abdullahi picked herself up from a foul in the area to convert the resulting penalty.
Urmston tried to muster a response but had a shot saved by Stacy Partridge, whose quick thinking to distribute released Pemberton down the left. After finding her way into the area she took on a shot herself which was well saved by the Urmston keeper.
The Urmston number one was called into action again minutes later as Abdullahi broke to get on the end of Thornton’s lob forward. The striker unselfishly squared for Pemberton who was denied by the keeper, who also got to Abdullahi’s follow-up. However there was little she could do to prevent Abdullahi’s third which was well placed into the left-hand post after she broke down the right.
After the 20 minute mark, Duckworth started to try her luck but sent a shot over the bar before heading a cross wide. Although the traffic was evidently one way, it was the 39th minute before Urmston’s keeper was called into action again, denying Pemberton twice and Abdullahi, but in the 43rd minute she was guilty of a poor clearance that fell to Abdullahi, and then of taking out the Salford forward as she broke towards goal. Having already scored a hat-trick, Abdullahi stepped aside for Duckworth to take the penalty, and she comfortably dispatched the spot kick high to the left-hand side.
Tobin picked up the intensity in the second half from where the Lionesses had left off and made it 5-0 within a minute, tucking in a shot from the top of the area to the right-hand post.
With just over 20 minutes to go though Urmston began to tire, and the Lionesses kept the intensity up. Boulton fired in a shot from outside the area, which was quickly followed by Abdullahi’s fourth. Yau added her name to the scoresheet with a shot into the far post, as did Pemberton who clipped the ball over the keeper after Urmston struggled to clear their lines.
On 77 minutes Abdullahi received possession in the area and set herself up for a tap-in after shifting around a couple of players in the box, and completed her double hat-trick three minutes later by powering a shot past the keeper from a through ball.
Goals 12 and 13 then came in the final couple of minutes as Thornton headed in a cross by Pemberton before firing in her second after a defence-splitting pass up the middle.
Starting XI: Stacy Partridge; Rach Smith, Ellen Thornton, Felicity Winters; Abby Bennett, Becky Topping, Laura Tobin, Beth Tattersall (c); Mia Pemberton, Feiruz Abdullahi, Phoebe Duckworth.
Subs: Jade Boulton, Nic Hamilton, Chelsea Wharton, Adora Yau.