Durham Articles – Sep 2022

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What can I say that hasn’t already been said ?
Great player, great person!
Gave everything for the team each week and always had time to chat before and after matches.
We will miss you on the pitch but hopefully will see you at some home games as a supporter.
We wish you all the best taking the next step in your career.


Saoirse Noonan received another Ireland International Call-up for the games where they will host Finland in Tallaght Stadium on Thursday 1 September.
This game will be in front of what is expected to be a record crowd, after tickets for the game sold out in just 30 minutes.
A flight to Bratislava will then follow a few days later as Ireland take on Slovakia on Tuesday 6 September in their final qualifying game in Group A.
After recently moving up to their highest ever position in the FIFA Women’s World Rankings, Ireland are now targeting a spot in the Qualifying Play-Offs for next summer’s World Cup tournament in Australia and New Zealand.


Sarah Robson (McFadden) has once again been included in the Northern Ireland squad for next month’s FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 qualifiers.
The senior women’s team are due to play Luxembourg on Friday 2 September at Stade Émile Mayrisch in Esch-sur-Alzette.
They will be taking on Latvia at the Daugava National Stadium in Riga on Friday 6 September.
Next month’s games will bring Northern Ireland’s FIFA World Cup 2023 qualification campaign in European Group D to a close.
England currently top the group following eight wins in eight games (24 points). Austria, in second place, have 19 points from the same number of games, while Northern Ireland lie third with 13 points from eight qualifiers.
Even if they win both of their remaining games, and Austria lose their final two matches, Northern Ireland unfortunately cannot qualify for the finals in Australia and New Zealand because Austria have the superior head-to-head record against Kenny Shiels’ side.


After an extended break we return to a home game against Blackburn
Blackburn currently sit above us in the table on 3 points whilst we sit on 1 point
Blackburn position 7
Durham position 10
A much needed win will see us overtake our visitors in the table
Hopefully the extended break will have allowed our new coaches, new style and new players to become a lot more familiar and we start seeing the points reflect the work and effort we are putting into the game.

A little bit on our opponents this weekend…
Blackburn Rovers
Nickname: Rovers
Ground: Sir Tom Finney Stadium
Last season: 10th
Manager: Gemma Donnelly
Captain: Saffron Jordan
1 GK Alexandra Brooks
2 DF Chelsey Jukes
3 DF Hannah Coan
4 MF Natasha Fenton
5 DF Helen Seed
6 DF Jade Richards
7 FW Chloe Dixon
8 MF Emma Doyle
9 FW Saffron Jordan (captain)
11 FW Megan Hornby
12 DF Kayleigh McDonald
17 MF Millie Chandarana
18 MF Meg Boydell
19 FW Farah Crompton
20 DF Milly Robertson
21 FW Lauren Thomas
22 MF Aimee Hodgson
23 FW Ellie Leek
25 DF Erica Cunningham
26 FW Amaya Coleman-Evans
29 MF Faith Nokuthula

Our record against Blackburn is a pretty good one, only losing and drawing 1 game with a goal difference of +10
Blackburn W played 8 Won 6 Drawn 1 Lost 1 Scored 15 Conceded 5 Goal Difference +10

Last season we played Blacburn in the league and Cup at home and won both games 3-1, and away in the league winning 2-1
Lets hope history is still on our side

Now for some stats…
Whilst it is still early in the season some stats are starting to take shape.
Our defence need to be active when we play Blackburn as they are currently averaging 6 shots per match with 4.5 on target and 1.5 off target with 100% of Blacburn’s goals have been scored in the 41st – 50th minute so staying alert either side of half time is going to be very important.
It would seem however that the same cannot be said of Blackburn as 50% of goals conceded have been scored against them in the same period as well as catching them early on in the 11th-20th minute.

Blackburn are scoring 0.5 goals per game and conceding 1 per game, and have yet to win away from home – (they have currently only played 1 away game though).

In summary this should be a game with goals.
According to the stats Durham are looking at a 2-1 win, scoring early and one just before half time.
History would also show that we like to play Blackburn, especially at home.
Score – Durham 2 Blackburn 1 – Home Win


Wilson Salicki Robert
Crossthwaite Hepple Robson Christon
Clarke Noonan Lambert


Liz Ejupi (Kosovo)
Ejupi started in both games for Kosovo as they took on Armenia and Poland.
A 2-1 win at home to Armenia secured a vital three points, before Kosovo went down 7-0 in a tricky assignment in Poland.

Maria Farrugia (Malta)
Farrugia also started both games for Malta during their recent international camp – and found herself on the scoresheet.

Sarah Robson (Northern Ireland)
It was also a successful international window for Robson and Northern Ireland, who claimed back-to-back wins.

Saoirse Noonan (Republic of Ireland)
Noonan may not have taken to the field during her time with the Republic of Ireland – but was part of two memorable nights for Vera Pauw’s team.
A win over Finland secured a place in the World Cup play-offs, before that was followed-up with a win in Slovakia on Tuesday evening.


Match Review – seems a long time ago now
Well that didnt go to plan !
Even at half time I thought a win was on the cards.
Having taken control of a lot of the play in the first half it seemed that it was only a matter of time in the second half before we took the lead and went on to secure the win.
Maybe the break camer at the wrong time, but whatever happened it looked a completely different team in the second half. It wasnt that we were poor, we just werent playing as we did in the first half. Then it came, the first goal for Sheffield.
We continued to work hard and play well, but just didnt do enough to get the equalizer.
As Ive already said, it wasnt through lack of effort we just could not find the goal we needed.
If we had, maybe we could have held on and come away with another draw, but working hard and not scoring there was always the chance that Sheffield would get another, and they did.

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