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Boro bag 5 at the Riverside!

Published March 13, 2024 By

Last Sunday (March 10th), Baker and Mike were in attendance at the Riverside Stadium to watch Middlesbrough FC Women put in a superb performance as they came away victorious over Doncaster Belles with a 5-0 win which marked their first every victory at the Riverside. 2,000 Middlesbrough fans were in attendance to watch the game on Mother's Day. 

It was Middlesbrough's second outing at the Riverside following a 0-0 draw with the Stockport County Ladies back in September of last year and Michael Mulhern's side were going into this on red hot form with a streak of 14 matches unbeaten looking to extend that to 15. Middlesbrough's last 5 games consisted of 3 wins and 2 draws. 

Mulhern named a lineup that consisted of Wareham, Burt, Towers, Packham, Foster, Guy, Burn, Mett, Robson, Turnbull, and Havery. 2 changes from the previous 0-0 draw with Durham Cestria last month. 

The game kicked off and it really didn't take Middlesbrough long to get going! In the 3rd of minute of the match a corner was won by Nichole Havery which set up Lauren Robson to deliver a spectacular corner which was met by Ellen Turnbull's bullet header to give Middlesbrough the 1-0 lead! Minutes later Turnbull nearly grabbed a second but her shot was blocked. 

Boro continued to be a dominant force and found themselves with another corner in the 18th minute of a game. It was almost like deja vu as Robson swung the ball into the box yet again and a flick on from Ellen Turnbull caused a Belles scramble which left Ellen Packham with an easy tap in to put Middlesbrough 2 goals to the good! 

Boro didn't slow down as they continued the intensity as Ellen Turnbull caused Belles plenty of problems yet again as she burst into the box before being hauled down to win a penalty for Boro! 

It was the Boro skipper Sarah Burn who stepped up to take the spot kick and she converted it home as it smashed the underside of the crossbar before it just made it way over the line to add the 3rd of the afternoon. 

It doesn't stop there! Middlesbrough were hungry for more and it was an incredible run from Jess Mett who burst down the right... she tried to play a ball across goal and it was blocked but the ball fell back to her feet and she pulled off an incredible outside of the boot finish to poke it into the back of the net to give Middlesbrough their 4th goal before the half time break. 

Boro remained in charge and in control of the game in the second half as Doncaster really struggled to find their way back into the game. 

In the 55th minute Eve Marshall and Faye Dale made their way onto the pitch for Middlesbrough who both looked lively and up for the occasion. 

Eve Marshall nearly added a 5th after a defence splitting pass from Sarah Burn which unfortunately hit the side netting. 

Beth Guy made her way off the pitch in the 65th minute as she was replaced by Rose McCarthy before Jess Mett then made her way off the pitch 10 minutes later in the 75th minute after a fantastic shift, she was replaced by Armani Maxwell. 

In the 80th minute with 10 minutes to go, Michael Mulhern made a rare goalkeeper change as Laura Wareham, who really didn't have much to do all afternoon, traded places with Ruby Cook. 

Right in the dying moments of the game Eve Marshall dinked a ball into the box which the Belles keeper couldn't keep hold of as Ellen Turnbull doubled her goal tally for the afternoon. 

Shortly after, the full-time whistle blew and it was a historic and memorable day for Middlesbrough Women at the Riverside and what will hopefully be the first of many wins!

After the game, Baker got the thoughts from manager Michael Mulhern and goalscorer Ellen Turnbull on the performance and how important days like these are for the Women's game! Have a listen to what they had to say below.... 

Michael Mulhern: https://open.spotify.com/episode/1dYxBOmS8YS55HGi9jwhWA?si=v58l471OTcyQfPpAFbHbpg

Ellen Turnbull: https://open.spotify.com/episode/5VeoNLqI2yozIJof42gvrw?si=a7c35a1e01da4471

 

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