Benllech spirit no match for the resplendent Knox.
In a very one sided cup match Airbus Ladies won 15-0 against home side Benllech to see them through to the semi-finals of the cup.
This one sided affair was realistically over in a matter of minutes as Parry opened the scoring for the Wingmakers just two minutes into the game. It was her first goal in Airbus colours and stamped the away side’s authority in the match immediately.
Credit where it is due the home side never gave up, they fought for every ball and never let their heads drop. They were simply unfortunate to come up against a stronger side boasting talent in all areas of the pitch.
Arrowsmith opted for an attacking formation of 3-5-2. Friend was back in goal after a month out with injury. Miles, Smith and Scammell filled the defence, with the midfield trio of Parry, Goodall and Williams becoming a regularity in the starting XI. Shute and Thornton adopted the wings and Borley and Knox completed the line-up up top.
Knox stole the headlines with her double hatrick but every player played their part in an enjoyable yet comfortable win.
The first half was full of chances for the away side, with Borley and Knox causing the defenders all sorts of problems but the score at half time was only 5-0. Borley was left with too much time and space on the ball, failing to convert a number of chances she had. Knox, however, took the opportunity to show the quality she possesses by being ruthless in front of goal. Her first was a simple tap in after Borley’s shot was parried by the goalkeeper. Her second came from good play down the right hand side, Knox received a chipped ball over the top running onto it and having the composure to drill it home under the goalkeeper. The hatrick came as she received the ball in the box made a sharp turn to deceive the defender and shot a reverse ball into the corner. A fine hatrick by anyone’s standards but it would not suffice for Knox who went on to score a flurry more.
A majority of the team had their chances, Williams spurned a great opportunity just wide after being put through. Borley, Goodall, Thornton, Shute all had shots well saved by the keeper. Scammell swiped at a ball after an excellent corner from Williams leaving her hitting air. It was Knox that wrapped up the goals in the first half to score her fourth of the game.
Arrowsmith chose to keep the team the same for the beginning of the second half and it wasn’t long before Knox was once again improving on her goal tally and taking the Wingmakers to six nil.
The changes then came thick and fast with Miles being replaced by Hyndman as Shute dropped into the back three. Borley finally found her way onto the score sheet after beginning to think it would never happen. A cross in by Hyndman left her with a simple tap in much to the relief of the captain.
Moments later she was replaced by Lees as Thornton was also substituted for Prytherch. The goals came in thick and fast during the second half. Leaving the match reporter struggling to remember the order in which they came! Hyndman scored two goals in quick succession running down the wing and cutting inside with sheer simplicity to bury the ball firmly in the net. Parry soon added to her earlier goal after following in a cross to leave her with a brace before being replaced by McKeogh.
Lees and McKeogh had a moment of pure generosity as one left the ball for the other. Next time around Lees was a little less selfless scoring herself to add to the growing tally. Knox ensured she was not forgotten with two more to bring her tally to six at the end of the game. Goodall joined in too with two poachers goals of her own. Prytherch scored at the very end with a ferocious shot from the right wing to round off a fine performance. Lees had a great chance to finish the game off in style and get herself a hatrick but a superb block on the line by the resolute Benllech defender prevented all the glory going to the Wingmakers in the final minutes.
It was a fantastic performance by the travelling side and further iterated the depth in the squad that Airbus has. Every player impacted on the game in a positive way and looked to create something for their teammates.
The match was won by Airbus as a team, but Knox deserves the plaudits for a devastating performance in front of goal. A worthy player of the match, who will be hoping it is enough to warrant a place in the starting line up next Sunday.
The two sides meet again next week in the league to battle it out for three important points.
Player of the match: Danielle Knox
Airbus: S Friend, S Smith, B Miles, H Scammell, E Shute, J Goodall, E Parry, A Williams, C Thornton, L Borley and D Knox. Subs: A Hyndman, B Lees, L McKeogh, L Prytherch, and L Twohig.