United Red Hot In HeatwaveDate: 07 May 2018 at 10:56 by Liam Cook
Coventry United Ladies sealed an impressive 4-0 win at home to Cardiff City in the FA Womens' Premier League Southern Division.
As Coventry was engulfed in a Bank Holiday heatwave, the Red and Greens Girls put on a scorching display, the perfect way to follow up the County Cup triumph just three days prior. United got off to the perfect start as Helen Dermody converted another successful penalty just 10 minutes in. Bluebirds attacker Nia Reese punched Maz Gauntlett's header off the line, resulting in a penalty and a red card. Cardiff keeper Estelle Randall proved crucial to her side's hopes of points before the break, pulling off a stunning save from Steph Smith's long rage strike, also denying Lois Jefferies to keep the score at 1-0, while Amber Hughes hit the woodwork, before the players headed into a much needed break. Cardiff's best effort of the match came from captain Cori Williams, as the striker attempted to lob United keeper Sue Wood from the edge of the area. Her effort grazed the crossbar on it's way out.
The second half saw another Helen Dermody penalty, as a surging run from Nat Haigh was stopped illegally in the box. But this time Randall saved the spot kick, diving to her right and parrying the shot clear. But the reprieve would only prolong the inevitable, as the floodgates opened. Maz Gauntlett smashed in a second via the crossbar following a great double turn and shot. Jess Lundie made the three points all but safe as she picked up Lois Jefferies crossball and directed it towards the far bottom corner. And a defensive mishap lead to United's fourth, as Lundie's low shot was missed by defender Shannon Greenway, allowing Steph Smith to provide the finishing touch.
Following the match, manager Jay Bradford said although a bit of attacking quality was lacking in the first half, but United's patience was the key to victory.