Ladies football - Star collect first Premier League win

Samara Iredale scores for Star.
Samara Iredale scores for Star.
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Peterborough Northern Star picked up their first win in the Women’s Premier League yesterday (September 6) when beating Midlands visitors Leafield Athletic 5-1.

Leafield actually started the stronger of the two sides but failed to capitalised on their early chances.

They hit the post and were also thwarted when keeper Sarah Hudson tipped a 30-yard strike onto her crossbar.

It was Star who opened the scoring though when Samara Iredale rifled a shot into the corner of the net from 12 yards out after being set up by Vicky Gallagher.

The goal settled Star and new signing Cassie Steward opened her account for the city team with a striker’s opportunist goal just before half-ime.

After the break, Star picked up where they left off and added a third within five minutes of the restart when a great run from Gallagher, which saw her beat four players, ended with her curling the ball into the net off the far post.

Leafield gave themselves a glimmer of hope and closed the lead to two goals minutes after with a good header from from a corner.

However ,the glimmer lasted less than five minutes as Star restored their three-goal cushion after a pinpoint pass from the outside of Abbey Young’s right foot set Steward free to slot her second.

The home side hit the woodwork twice before Steward completed her hat-trick after latching onto an Emily Ingle cross.

Manager Steve Iredale said: “To be honest, I thought we played better as a team last week against Derby in the cup even though we took a 5-0 defeat! The pace of that game was much, much quicker. Today we looked slow in comparison but to give the players credit, at half-time they recognised that we were not playing to our maximum and did something about it.

“The second half was much better. We kept the ball and played the simple, shorter passes rather than hit long hopeful balls.

“Overall we looked a lot more effective going forward in this game than we have in the previous two and it was great to see Cassie Steward get her hat-trick.”

Three games into their debut season in the Premier League sees Star in mid-table with two draws and a win.

Next Sunday the team travel to Rotherham and then on September 20 they’re away to title favourites Leicester City.