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Ladies Progress In FA Cup

22 October 2012

Late Goal Puts Seasiders Through

The Ladies progressed to the third round of qualifying for the FA Cup after a battling away win at City of Manchester.

The win means the side progress to the furthest they have ever been in the competition.

The Seasiders trailed 1-0 at half time, but clawed their way back in the second-half to snatch victory.

The hosts took the lead within 10 minutes when their striker capitalised on a poor defensive clearance by Pool and found the top corner with a speculative effort.

The Ladies searched for an equaliser with May seeing her cross go wide of the target and a Jones free-kick being gathered by the City keeper in front of the advancing Gill. 

A Barlow corner then went across the face of goal with nobody able to get a finishing touch.

Pool keeper Findlay prevented City from making it 2-0 when she came out bravely to gather the loose ball when it looked likely that the home side would double their lead.

Barlow, Turnbull and Oatley all had efforts but could not find the elusive equaliser and Pool went in at half-time 1-0 down.

Into the second half, the Ladies showed their intent from the off with Barlow’s effort bravely saved and Oatley firing the rebound wide. 

On 53 minutes Barlow eventually got the equaliser that Pool deserved when she picked up a Jones clearance and shot low across the keeper into the bottom corner.

Both teams then searched for a goal to take the lead with Barlow and Kilner having efforts on target and the home team shooting wide.

A fine shot just after the hour saw City hit the bar to give The Seasiders a let off.

City looked for the winner but Findlay was on hand to parry a free-kick from the home side and then in the subsequent goalmouth scramble gather the ball at the second attempt.

In the dying minutes substitute Cross grabbed the winner for the Ladies.

The referee played advantage to The Seasiders after the substitute was fouled allowing her to coolly slot the ball home, much to the delight of her teammates and the following support.

The win sees the Ladies now travel to Sheffield on Sunday 11 November to play Steel City Wanderers.

They are in cup action again next weekend as they face Blackburn Rovers in the Lancashire Cup.

Team: Findlay, May, Banner, Jones, Bradshaw, Kilner, Ambrose, Turnbull, Barlow, Oatley, Gill. Subs Dillon, Oldfield, Cross


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