LADIES FOOTBALL: Star too good for Peterborough United

Cassie Steward gets in a header for Northern Star against Peterborough United. Picture: Tim Gates

Cassie Steward gets in a header for Northern Star against Peterborough United. Picture: Tim Gates

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Peterborough Northern Star took the honours in the big local derby against Peterborough United in the Northants Cup yesterday (November 15).

The FA Women’s Premier League side won 5-0 on a boggy pitch at the Nene Valley Academy.

Vicky Gallagher on the attack for Northern Star. Picture: Tim Gates

Vicky Gallagher on the attack for Northern Star. Picture: Tim Gates

Star broke the deadlock after 15 minutes with a 40-yard screamer from defender Samara Iredale and doubled their advantage 10 minutes later as Vicky Gallagher volleyed the ball into the corner of the goal - an effort so powerful it made a hole in the side of the net!

Star could so easily have trebled their advantage before the break as Rachael Mumford twice went close and they also hit the woodwork twice.

They did manage to add a third just before half-time though as Chanade Henderson flicked the ball to Cassie Steward, who volleyed the ball home.

Posh had two decent attempts on goal early in the second half but were twice denied by good saves by Sarah Hudson.

Vicky Gallagher scores for Northern Star. Picture: Tim Gates

Vicky Gallagher scores for Northern Star. Picture: Tim Gates

Star added a fourth goal with their first chance of the second half as Steward pounced on the keeper’s mistake to score her second of the match.

Georgia Coulson wrapped up the scoring as she diverted Katie Steward’s low cross into the roof of the net.

Star had multiple chances to increase the lead in the last 10 minutes, but couldn’t direct their attempts on target.

Star boss Steve Iredale said: “It took us a while to adapt to the difficult surface but once we did then we looked in control of the game.

“To be fair, the young Posh team, which was boosted by both their experienced managers, never gave up and pressed us for 90 minutes.”