Ross 25, 49 (p)
West Ham United Women v Lewes
Two goals from Jane Ross saw West Ham United women’s team pick up their first win of the 2018/19 campaign against Lewes FC Women.
The Scottish international struck in each half, while Leanne Kiernan and Julia Simic also found the net, to give the Irons a 4-1 win over the FA Championship side in the Continental Tyres Cup.
Having been beaten 3-1 by Arsenal in the first match of the season just a week prior, in what had been a spirited performance by Matt Beard’s side, three points were vital for the Hammers in their quest to qualify from Group Two South.
However, despite starting the match positively, it was Lewes that took the lead in the fixture. A corner routine found the head of Danielle Lane, who headed over goalkeeper Anna Moorhouse and into the back of the net.
Undeterred by Lewes’ early opener, West Ham continued to press, and levelled the match on 25 minutes.
Having won the ball back inside the Lewes half, Ross hit her first goal of the game, striking from outside the penalty area. Her shot took a slight deflection off a defender and looped into the top corner.
Just four minutes later and West Ham were in front as Kiernan struck the strike of the fixture. The Republic of Ireland international collected a pass from Claire Rafferty on the edge of the area, turned past a tackle and curled home a sensational goal that went in via the underside of the crossbar.
The third goal for West Ham quickly followed. Some superb footwork from Ross took away three Lewes defenders, and the striker played a ball into the feet of Simic. The German international did well to stay onside and coolly finish, giving the Irons a 3-1 advantage at half-time.
It only took a few minutes after the second half began for West Ham to get a fourth. Kiernan was tripped in the penalty area, and up stepped Ross to thump home her second of the game.
Excellent footwork from Brianna Visalli late on almost led to a fifth, but a strong save by Faye Baker denied the midfielder.