Sheffield United Women claim three wins over Coventry United

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The game looked certain to end in a goalless draw until Georgia Roberts scored late before the floodgates opened – Sweetman-Kirk then added his two as the Blades spring into action in the closing stages.

Kasia Lipka was more influential than ever for the Blades in the first half. She played a defensive ball to Sweetman-Kirk, who couldn’t direct her shot on target.

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The first half was a period of few chances, and after the break the pattern continued, with neither Fran Kitching in the Sheffield net nor Lucy Thomas for Coventry having a save to make.

Then came the game-changing goal. Roberts was alive when the ball fell to him in the penalty area from Lucy Watson’s corner. She stole home on the game’s first shot on target with just over 10 minutes left.

The next shot on target came from Coventry just a minute later, Olivia Fergusson’s diving header forcing Kitching into a smart save to prevent an immediate equaliser.

Sweetman-Kirk headed home after great work from substitute Mia Enderby and Coventry looked on their feet.

Sheffield United’s Courtney Sweetman-Kirk shoots on goal. (Isaac Parkin/Sportimage)

She made Coventry suffer even more a few minutes later. Again, Enderby started as his shot was parried by Thomas, and Sweetman-Kirk pounced on the remains to shoot home.

Mollie Green’s free-kick, which appeared to be a cross, which sailed over Kitching’s head, was consolation for Coventry, but it was too little too late.

Speaking about the encounter, Maddy Cusack of the Blades was full of praise for her scoring teammate, saying: “Courtney knows this league inside out, she’s a quality player and she knows where the back of the net is. and she showed it today… I think we had to find that breakthrough and sometimes those games where it’s fought so hard sometimes you’re not sure if the breakthrough is going to come but thanks to us for having the confidence to keep pushing and when it happened the floodgates opened.”

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