Ewan’s hat-trick as Lionesses rout Coventry 5-0
Coventry United 0 London City Lionesses 5
By Football Reporter
Sarah Ewens scored a first-half hat-trick as London City Lionesses coasted to a 5-0 victory at Coventry United to remain second in the Barclay’s Women’s Championship.
The Lionesses are still three points behind leaders Bristol City after getting the job done with plenty of time to spare at the Butts Park Arena against a Coventry side who remain without a point.
London City went ahead after only four minutes when Grace Neville got in behind down the right and squared the ball across the six-yard box to give Ewens a tap-in.
Neville quickly set up the Lionesses’ second in the ninth minute when her cross found Atlanta Primus, who had time to control before her shot was deflected into the top corner.
It was effectively ‘game over’ inside 24 minutes when Jamie-Lee Napier passed inside for Ewens, who had time to take a touch before finding the bottom corner to score her second.
There was almost an embarrassing moment for Lionesses goalkeeper Shae Yanez when she fumbled Meesha Dudley-Jones’ mis-hit cross, but she managed to grab the ball just before it could cross the line.
Ewens then had her hat-trick before half an hour had been played as she fired in off the underside of the bar after Amy Rodgers had headed Neville’s free kick back across the face of goal.
London City were 4-0 up at half-time, but they added to their tally seven minutes after restart when Lily Agg played the ball through for Neville, who claimed the goal her performance deserved.
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Coventry United manager Lee Burch "Meesha’s cross was in, we’ve seen it. I think it’s even hit the back bar, where the wheel is.
"At 3-0, it’s very hard to come back against a side like this, but the difference between 3-1 to them going straight down the other end and 4-0, and just wiping the game out.
"At 3-1, we saw what this group can do against Birmingham a couple of games ago.
"I haven’t spoken about officials, and I won’t, but it didn’t go our away, hopefully on another day it will, and maybe one when it’s not at 3-0 down but when the game is a bit closer.
"I think you saw two sides at a different end of the spectrum, as far as how long they’ve been together. "London City have been together, as a management group, for a while and we’re so new, so I think we saw that in the first half."
London City Lionesses striker Sarah Ewens:"As soon as we get that first goal we settle into our game and we kind of relax on the ball a little bit more, so getting an early goal sets us up well.
"We’ve got players who can put the ball into the box with great deliveries. It’s up to us in the box to get on the end of it.
"I love a tap-in, they’re a striker’s goal and I’ll take them any day, so I’m very happy with my hat-trick today.
"I’ve been feeling good this season. I think once I got that first goal it was kind of a weight off my shoulders.
"I had a difficult season, last season, with injuries and stuff so I’ve come in and tried to get my fitness back up and getting that first goal really helped me. "I’m just looking to push on and keep going with that form and keep putting them in the back of the net, hopefully."