Croydon Women staged a great fight-back to claim their first win of 2021 at old foes Molesey.
Molesey in white started the brighter, and on the 8th minute they scored from their first real attempt. A long shot after good play on the left had wrong footed Sophie Gladwin in goal, and crept into the corner 1-0.
his woke up the trams, with both Kacie Nadison Singh and Georgina Fangawa both having long shots go wide after nice passing movements.
Molesey had a cross well caught by Sophie, who then collapsed holding her knee, and had to be substituted. Alex White was selected to don the green jersey and Sarah Kytosaho was brought into defence. Croydon started to control the midfield. Megan Webster found Singh whose pass was well controlled by Fangawa on her chest, she turned but her shot lacked power. Matylda Katana did well to bustle pass her marker and fed Yoyo Oke, who also turned her marker well before failing to trouble the Molesey keeper with her shot.
Jenny Brown at left back was over-lapping at every opportunity and her cross was cleared to Katana whose long shot was saved. Molesey looked dangerous on the counter-attack, and impressive No5 ran direct through the trams defence but shot over as White advanced.
Croydon had 2 long shots in succession, firstly Oke fired over, following a great through ball by Kamilla Ovrevik, and then Singh had a long attempt that was held by the keeper. White in goal, had a long shot to catch that she did easily. The ref blew for a ‘water break’ as the sun glared off the bright shirted players.
Upon returning, one of the Molesey players tripped on the hard turf and was deemed unable to continue. With no substitutes it was 11 v 10 in Croydon's favour. The advantage showed immediately as Fangawa turned on the left and her grass cutting square ball was met first by Emma Dyduch to place into the goal. 1-1.
Croydon started to grow in confidence and some lovely moves between Brown, Fangawa, Brown and Katana, who shot too soft with her left, then Singh found Brown on the left, laid nicely into Fangawa who beat her marker only to see her shot deflected wide.
The Croydon coaches, decided in the name of fair play, that Oke would be 'rested' to 'even' the numbers playing. It was great gesture, but backfired immediately. Molesey countered again and a long range curler looped over White deputising in goal – 2-1.
Croydon came out the more determined in the 2nd half, utilising Olivia Gregory pace and skill to the full o the right wing. Oke had a good chance go wide and then Dyduch was blocked after a great through ball from Webster split the defence. Gregory crossed after dazzling wing play, only for it to be cleared, and Dyduch again had a good effort go agonisingly wide after beating the keeper. Oke dribbled well, and found Katana who had her shot saved. In between there was an half chance by Molesey's No5 from distance that sailed wide. The Croydon midfield play was very entertaining, and a one two between Singh and Brown resulted in Singh testing the keeper, but was held. Croydon really pressed but time after time it was often poor finishing that prevented the equaliser. Molesey did have a opportunistic long lob hit the Croydon bar, and 2 long efforts go straight at White in goal.
Another ‘water-break’ ensued as the sun shone and Croydon gave White a return to the field and Kytosaho took her place in goal. Dyduch came off and Fangawa returned to the pitch. Almost immediately a long ball was pumped into the Croydon area and Kytosaho did well to jump and catch. The pace and good passing of Croydon started to pay dividends as several Molesey players started to tire. Fangawa headed a cross wide and Singh had another long-range effort go wide, but made amends shortly after. Taking a long ball from Katana on the turn and springing the off-side, she slotted home with the keeper rooted to her line. 2-2.
Croydon pushed and Fangawa had a good shot caught, before Croydon finally got their just desserts. Megan hit a beautiful diagonal ball out wide. Gregory laid it on with a sublime first touch on the run, and Oke did the rest. She rounded her marker and struck a smasher into the roof the Molesey net 2-3.
Moments later Webster herself came close to extending the lead with a cracker from the edge of the box, saved again. In a last ditch attempt the excellent No5 looked clean through but as she struck her shot the outstretched leg of Ovrevik deflected it wide. The corner was met by No5 but her effort was wide. The referee blew his whistle and Croydon came away with the points.
POM: Kacie Nadison Singh covered every inch of grass and got a deserved goal.