[P]enrith AFC Ladies stole the points after the most dramatic of climaxes against league leaders Preston North End Development.
The teams fought toe to toe in an enthralling high quality battle. Clear cut chances were rare as both defences had the upper hand but the endeavour shown but both teams was relentless.
As the 2nd half progressed Penrith were gradually tiring after putting so much energy into the performance. Into the last 20 mins Preston were starting to look threatening and Penrith were defending deeper and deeper.
Penrith were looked like they were going to hang on for a creditable 0-0 draw when in the 87th min Preston scrambled the ball into the net after keeper Michelle Jones had saved the initial header.
Penrith were devastated and all seemed lost.
However, in the 90th min Penrith won a free kick in the centre circle. Captain Kim McCormick launched the ball into the Preston area and it looped into the air off a defenders head. Penrith’s Andrea Lorenzi was quickest to react and she brilliantly hooked the ball into the top corner of the net to make it 1-1.
Preston were now desperate to regain their lead and were pushing forward into stoppage time. But deep into stoppage time Penrith’s Lorenzi won the ball in midfield and slide the ball through to Nat Broad. Broad showed great composure as she closed in on the Preston goal fired the ball into the bottom corner of the net.
Penrith had stolen the point in a remarkable turnaround which left Preston shell shocked.
Credit to Preston who played extremely well and will feel hard done by with the result but as we all know “it’s a funny old game”.
This Sunday Penrith return to Preston to face the Preston Ladies team.
Penrith : Jones, Hinchliffe, Hannah Fawkes, C. Smith, McCormick, Lorenzi, Hopton, Coulthard(Heather Fawkes), Broad, S. Smith(Kennedy), Nutter(Brierley).
Penrith AFC Ladies striker Chez Brierley made her 200th appearance for the club in yesterdays 2-1 victory at Preston North End Development. In doing so she becomes only the 3rd women at the club to reach the landmark.
Manager Simon Savage heaped praise on to popular striker “Chez is a quality player with superb ability and a great footballing brain. Reaching the 200 appearance landmark is a remarkable achievement. It requires commitment and dedication over many years to run up this number of appearances in womens football. Its great to have players like Chez at the club”
Chez now has Nic Tweddles all time appearance record of 203 in her sights.
Chez Brierley 179 Starts. 21 Subs. 200 Total. Goals 115.