Redcar Athletic Ladies continued the winning feeling across the club this weekend, sweeping aside Huntington Rovers for their first win of the season.

Milly McNamee proved the star of the show, single-handedly pulling Redcar level after a poor first half.

The clinical Amy Smith got amongst the goals in a rapid start to the second period, twice finding the back of the net after a dream start to her Athletic career for Holly Lemancyzk.

A late penalty gave Huntington a sniff of a comeback, but substitute Olivia Bullock dashed their hopes with a simple finish, wrapping up a first win of the season for the lasses, at Green Lane.

Redcar Athletic Ladies from the end of last season. (Photo: Redcar Athletic Ladies)

Redcar started the brighter of the two, with Milly McNamee pulling the strings from midfield.

A teasing cross from Amy Smith offered McNamee an early sight of goal, which the ‘keeper smothered, before her low drive from deep skimmed wide of the mark.

Smith found herself another focal point in attack, working a number of chances of her own. The forward twice struck the target, but lacked the conviction needed to beat the Rovers’ shot-stopper.

Dean McNamee’s side were soon left to pay for their missed opportunities, as Huntington took the lead following a defensive mistake.

Rovers found themselves two ahead in a matter of minutes, as a dangerous delivery was slammed into the back of the net with a well-struck volley.

Young captain Milly McNamee finally reaped her just reward for a brilliant performance, notching Redcar’s first goal of the season with a delightful lob from the edge of the area.

With an instant response changing the pace of the match, the young midfielder struck again to see the sides in level, as her cross-turned-shot nestled in the back of the net.

Manager Dean McNamee introduced Holly Lemanczyk for her full debut as the match got underway once more, and she sealed the occasion with a quick goal, bundling the ball over the line from a set piece to give Athletic their first lead.

So far off the pace, Amy Smith finally found her fortunes once more, turning the ball home following a fantastic cross from Booth on the right flank.

A blistering five minutes was wrapped up as Smith notched her deserved brace, running through on goal from McNamee’s incisive ball, and providing a confident finish to match.

The introduction of Olivia Bullock gave Redcar a little extra threat in the final third, as her composure on the ball complimented the play of Smith and McNamee.

Still, it was Huntington who next found the net, winning a controversial penalty from what looked a fair challenge, which was cleanly dispatched.

The glimmer of hope the spot kick gave the visitors proved short lived, as Olivia Bullock showed due composure to take the ball around the ‘keeper, gifting her a simple poke into an open goal.

Dean McNamee will have been thrilled with his girls’ excellent response to a poor first half, with the emphatic victory a perfect reply to an opening day defeat.

The lasses travel to Poppleton for their next outing, before welcoming Redcar Town Development to Green Lane on Sunday 24th September.


Find out what’s going on in the Redcar and Cleveland area this week, in Dana Malt’s latest Redcar Route.

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