LADIES FOOTBALL: Rough justice again for Star against Solihull

Cassie Steward scored for Star.

Cassie Steward scored for Star.

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For the second time this season Peterborough Northern Star Ladies suffered a controversial defeat against Solihull in the FA Women’s Premier League.

When the two sides clashed in Peterborough early in the season, Northern Star were pipped 4-3 as Solihull scored two late goals including a debatable penalty.

Yesterday (November 22) at Solihull the home side won 2-1 but only after Star were denied what looked like a certain penalty.

The controversial incident came with 10 minutes remaining and the score at 1-1. Chanade Henderson’s shot was heading for the back of the net but a Solihull defender clearly handled the ball inside the penalty area. Unfortunately for Star the referee felt it wasn’t enough to point to the spot.

Star boss Steve Iredale said: “The penalty decision was disappointing. I think everybody in the ground including the home bench knew it should have been given. It’s a difficult result to take.”

The first half was a pretty even affair with few clear-cut goalscoring opportunities and finished goalless.

The deadlock was eventually broken on 57 minutes when Solihull’s Carly Davies found space inside the box, rounded Star keeper Sarah Hudson and slotted the ball home.

Star came back fighting and responded six minutes later. Cassie Steward picked up the ball 35 yards out, turned and smashed it into the top left-hand corner.

Steward had chances to score her second but was denied by the goalkeeper’s foot and volleyed another chance just over the bar.

With less than five minutes remaining, Solihull pinched a winner with Davies again netting.

Despite the result, Iredale was pleased with the performance.

he said: “Considering we were missing some regular players due to work commitments and we had to juggle the team about a little, then overall again we proved that we can compete at this level.

“If you’d have asked a neutral which team was third in the table and which team was eighth, I don’t think they’ have been able to tell the difference.

“But as in the home game we conceded late goals and four potential points became none.

“The difference was that when Solihull took the lead they knew exactly how to run the game down, whereas at home we were a little naive.”