Words: Saskia Bowes; Pictures: Keith Bowes/Euxton Girls FC
After a long trip to Chester Le Street last weekend and a midweek victory over local rivals Bolton on Wednesday, the ladies were at home to a young Barnsley side who were flying in the league.
The pace the game started was fast and Barnsley had the first chance. A counter attack wasn’t cut out and the ball was played over the top for Woodruff to shoot narrowly wide. Just a minute later, they scored. Again, a ball was looped into the box which the defence failed to deal with in the sun and Drew Greene finished past Izzy Atkinson at the back post.
Despite the early set backs, Chorley came into the game. Grace Vella and Katy Morris were linking well and the latter narrowly missed the target from distance before Donoghue’s strike was well held by their goalkeeper, Carrie Simpson. But against the run of play, the score was 2-0 after only 17minutes. Atkinson denied Greene from a tight angle but from the resulting corner, Bell headed the ball off the post and the referee decided it had crossed the line. Two minutes later, they scored again. Greene dribbled past two players, who had heavy legs, before hitting the post and slotting the rebound away.
After a frantic first 20 minutes, the next 10 were more scrappy with neither side getting a foothold. On 31 minutes, Morris produced the goal of the game. From over 30 yards out she struck a sweet volley into the top corner. Donoghue then had a chance minutes later but her shot from inside the box was saved well. Just before half time the goalmouth action continued as Woodruff almost grabbing her second but Atkinson stands up well to force the striker wide.
The second half started with Barnsley on top and Greene has two shots which were both well saved by Atkinson before Morris went up the other end and blazes one over. On the hour mark, Barnsley scored the fourth as Lissa Woodhouse smashed the ball in from close range.
Just after, Valentine made a goal-saving challenge before Atkinson, who had a busy day, was on call to stop two long range efforts. The final goal came on the 77th minute when a corner was poked home by Durkin. A bad day at the office for Chorley who looked tired against a youthful side.
Bad day at the office today for @chorleyfc_women vs a very strong @BFCLadies side.We have not had many this year, after two big performances this week the 3rd was just a step too far.I’m certain we will respond.We have a great squad and only going to get stronger #magpiefamily
— Andy (@AndyRamskill) April 7, 2019
Player of the match:
Chorley: Atkinson; Fenton, Worth, Searson, Valentine, Kemp (Mills, 44′), Walker (c), Vella (Pilling, 54′), Morris, Topping (Stocks, 60′), Donoghue.
HT 1-3 / FT 1-5
Goals: Morris (34′); Greene, (9′, 19′) Bell (18′), Woodhouse (61′), Durkin (77′)
Next up: The Magpies return to Victory Park next Sunday when Brighouse Town are the visitors (2pm). £3 adults, £1 concessions & FREE season ticket holders & under-12s