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13 May 2024

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13 May 2024

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What a night under the lights at the NYS!

A blistering first-half display from Rotherham United Women was enough to see the Millers retain the Her Game Too Shield with a 2-0 victory over arch rivals Sheffield Wednesday.

Last year’s success against Mansfield Town required a penalty shootout but this time around goals from player of the march Alesha Gale and fellow forward Delia Hurdiss secured the trophy.

In front of a noisy crowd of 1,502 at the New York Stadium, the Millers made the perfect start, Gale racing through after just two minutes to slot in off the post.

Chances to double the lead came thick and fast, Hurdiss failing to gobble up the rebound after Wednesday keeper Kirsty Tonner could only parry her initial shot, and Jessie Broadhurst inches away from turning in a teasing Gale cross.

Hurdiss was not to be denied though, and scored the second on 25 minutes. She latched onto a lofted ball from skipper Lori-Anne Tart and sent an audacious lob over the despairing Tonner and into the net.

Gale could have doubled her own tally after flicking over a defender and running onto the ball but smashed her shot just wide, while defender Amy Nowell cleared the crossbar when a loose ball from a corner fell to her.

At the other end, a Wednesday free kick wide on the left caused a brief scare as Tart’s attempted headed clearance bounced off another player and back towards goal but Millers keeper Katrina Parsons was there to gather.

There was still time for the break for Broadhurst and Hurdiss to both be denied as they shot from inside the box.

The Millers went into the interval two to the good after a dominant first-half display.


Half time: Rotherham United Women 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday Ladies


The Owls rang the changes at the break, bringing on four substitutes, and found a firmer foothold in the match.

Renee Simmonite Scott came closest to scoring, planting a header just over from a corner, and both Dina Sarayreh and Nowell were called into action to halt promising attacks from the visitors.

The Millers continued to threaten, with Jess Jones twice testing Tonner and Hurdiss striking the bar from a corner.

One of the highlights of the half saw Sidni Simmons brilliantly spinning away from her marker, pulling off a cheeky nutmeg and feeding Gale, who fired just wide left-footed.

And the minutes ticked away, Caitlin O’Callaghan looked to have added the third, only to be kept out by the left leg of Tonner.

And with that, the final whistle sounded, sparking scenes of joy and celebration on the pitch and in the crowd.

Alesha Gale and Kirsty Tonner were named Players of the Match before Millers skipper Tart triumphantly lifted the Her Game Too Shield aloft.


Full time: Rotherham United Women 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday Ladies


Rotherham United Women: Parsons, Sarayreh, Simmons, Tart, Winter, Colford, Broadhurst, Nowell, Staples, Gale, Hurdiss. 

SUBS: Iguchi, Thompson, Essa, Ishtiaq, Hale, O'Callaghan, Jones, Khan, Bell. 


Sheffield Wednesday Ladies: Tonner, Gilligan, Yeardley, Lee, Vessey, Broomhead, O'Reilly, Nosworthy, Mellor, Simmonite-Scott, Wilde. 

SUBS: Millington, Crossland, Poskitt, Hooper, Spink-Robinson, Walker, Lavill, Russell. 


Referee: G. Perry

Assistants: K. Smith & A. Bell

Fourth Official: C. Thompson


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