Words: Janet Mitchell; Picture: John Shirras
THE Magpies confirmed their attendance in the first round of the Women’s FA Cup with a resounding 8-0 victory at North East Regional League outfit Hartlepool United on Sunday afternoon.
First half conditions were difficult for Chorley playing with the sun in their eyes and against a strong wind. The away side’s main issue this season has been conceding early goals but the back four did well to manage both the conditions and Hartlepool’s main threat which appeared to be an early ball over the top.
The first 20 minutes saw Chorley with more possession but without creating many chances. The quality of the National League team began to show as the midfield began to take a grip of the game and link up with the wide players to create more threatening chances.
Rebecca Kemp who opened the scoring when she broke down the right cut inside and smashed the ball past the Hartlepool keeper. Soon after continued Chorley pressure saw a through ball for Beth Donoghue, who is in fine form, and she comfortably placed the ball past the keeper to seen Chorley in at half time with a deserved 2-0 lead.
Chorley came out flying in the second half and soon after the restart Sophie Rotheram turned the ball home after a neat passage of play.
The visitors sensed blood with Pools struggling to cope with their front line. Donoghue became the provider when she made a dangerous run down the right, beating the defender to the line, before crossing to Lisa Topping who had a simple tap in for number four.
Donoghue wasn’t finished with her goal tally for the day and added a 5th shortly after, before, with 20 minutes to go, Chorley showed the strength of depth in their squad that has been sadly missing this season (due to injury); Ellie Mills coming on to notch her first hat-trick for the club to finish the scoring and secure passage to round one.
Next up: TBC due to Sunday’s FAWNL Cup opponents Durham Cestria having their FA Cup tie with Norton & Stockton rearranged for next weekend.