Potters claim trophy...

22nd July 2018 THE inaugural Broadhurst Cup was won by Stoke City Ladies following a wonderful three team tournament at Broadhurst Park, Manchester. The Potters overcame hosts FC United of Manchester and touring side Isle of Man to lift the trophy, as they kicked off their pre-season schedule in the perfect manner. A 1-0 win for FC United over Isle of Man meant that Stoke went into their opening 40-minute match knowing that a win would guarantee a final against the Mancunian side. An early goal from Faye McCoy set City on their way, but they were pegged back by a wonderful 30- yard strike from Sarah Wignall. The Potters immediately restored their two-goal lead, amid a little in-house controversy. McCoy’s free kick appeared to cross the line having crashed against the crossbar but with no goal awarded, Kelsey Richardson was on hand to tap in and get herself on the scoresheet. Stoke sealed their passage to the final when Ashleigh Hayes dispossessed the goalkeeper and slotted home to make it 3-1. An hour-long final took a while to get going but the contest sparked to life once City took the lead in the 40th minute. McCoy’s effort was blocked by a defender but Hayes was quickest to react and expertly nodded the ball past the ‘keeper and into the back of the net. The Potters doubled their advantage four minutes later. Cassie Hyde’s pass found its way to McCoy via the foot of Hannah Keryakoplis and the midfielder rifled in her second goal of the tournament. That should have been enough to secure the cup, but a remarkable final four minutes saw FC United take the tie to penalties. Firstly, Corie Mather rifled low into the bottom corner before Jess Battle capitalised on an unfortunate error to make it 2-2 with the last kick of the game. Despite Emily Owen missing the opening kick, Stoke were always in control of the shoot-out, with McCoy, Richardson and Abbie Chapman all finding the back of the net to set up Hyde with the opportunity to seal the silverware. The centre back made no mistake to secure a 4-2 penalty shoot-out victory for City and ensure the Broadhurst Cup made its way south to Stoke-on-Trent. Stoke City v Isle of Man: Vitale, Hudson (Chapman), Hyde, Brown (Kerr), Owen, Roberts (Elwood), Tezgel (J.Richardson), McCoy, Garner, Miszkiel (Keryakoplis), K.Richardson (Hayes). Stoke City v FC United of Manchester: Vitale, Hudson (Chapman), Hyde, Brown (Kerr), Owen, Roberts (Elwood), Tezgel (McCoy), K.Richardson, Garner (J.Richardson), Keryakoplis, Hayes (Miszkiel).