Words: Saskia Bowes Pictures: Keith Bowes
Chorley FC Women made it two wins on the bounce as they scored four times to repel the advances of Leeds on Sunday afternoon.
The Whites did take the lead on 17 minutes when Emma Lee burst forward to calmly slot home past Rachel Darbyshire in front of a healthy 105 spectators at Victory Park.
The home side regrouped quickly and played some good football, exploiting the visitors’ backline through Rebecca Kemp and Beth Donoghue, with the equaliser coming on the half hour through a close range finish by Katy Morris.
Donoghue then made it 2-1 just before half time when she finished off a brilliant team move.
The Whites came out after the interval with renewed vigor. Lee again almost scored from long range, but on the hour Kemp added The Magpies’ third, initially drifting wide, before pulling a curling effort out of the hat that beat the ‘keeper before going in off the far post.
Donoghue then scored her second of the afternoon to make it 4-1 two minutes later, as she ran past the advancing goalkeeper to finish into the bottom corner.
Leeds were then awarded a penalty in dramatic fashion late on when Shelbey Morris was brought down in the box. However, Lee saw her spot kick saved by Darbyshire, with Chorley’s number one flinging herself to the left and spectacularly stopping the shot.
The action didn’t finish there, as Leeds won another penalty in stoppage time. Once again Lee stepped up, and once again Darbyshire was equal to the effort, preserving Chorley’s three-goal advantage.
Player of the match: Katy Morris
Chorley: Darbyshire, Fenton, Searson, Worth, Mitchell, Kemp, Vella, Topping, Morris, Walker (c), Donoghue.
HT 2-1 / FT 4-1
Goals: Morris, Kemp, Donoghue (2); Lee
Next up: A trip to second placed Chester-le-Street on Sunday afternoon in the FA Women’s National League Northern Division One.