Lacking Roar Power…

Phil Neville’s Lionesses hadn’t tasted victory since the quarter final match of the World Cup, until Portuguese keeper, Patricia Morais, allowed a perfectly catchable cross to slip through her grasp, giving Beth Mead licence to convert from a quarter of a yard. Plenty of supporters are now discussing whether the Head Coach should go, and a few senior players are coming in for some criticism as well. But what did D2B take from the international break?

After the Lady Mayoress’s Show…

TWO WEEKS is a long time in professional sport, or so it seems. Megan Rapinoe et al held aloft the Women’s World Cup trophy in France on July 7th, set it down on a first-class plane seat (probably) and began their cross-nation ‘celebrate-a-thon’, complete with multiple media commitments to address pay equality, gay rights and Mesut Ozil’s hair style. Meanwhile, the world kept spinning, and a whole host of British sporting successes lined up to push Women’s football back towards the shadows...

FIFA Women’s World Cup Day 30:

SWEDEN took the bronze medal match in Nice, despatching England with a ruthless opening half hour in which they struck twice; then doggedly defending out the remainder of the game. Kosovare Asllani got the scoring under way on 11 minutes driving past Carly Telford following a poor defensive clearance. Sofia Jakobsson then added a second, cutting in from the left and curling past the England keeper. Fran Kirby halved the deficit on 31 minutes, and Ellen White had a goal ruled out by VAR for handball shortly after...