Mariners progress in Women’s County Cup

Mariners progress in Women’s County Cup

Superb South Shields progressed to the second round of the Durham Women’s County Cup on Sunday as they confidently defeated Washington 5-0 at Harton Welfare.

The Mariners came close to breaking the deadlock early on, as a header clipped the bar and bounced over.

After piling on some early pressure, Shields took the lead. An in-swinging corner from Rebecca Ward surprised the Washington goalkeeper at the near post and trickled into the back of the net.

Shields kept pressing as the half went on, and very nearly found a second as Eve Gatens tested the goalkeeper from distance. The effort was well caught, as players closed for any rebound.

The home side did double their lead moments later, albeit with a touch of fortune. A miscued clearance ricocheted off Abby Towers and into the net.

Annece Legg burst through the heart of the Washington defence and very nearly put the game out of sight but fired the ball narrowly wide.

Shields scored their third just before half-time. Gatens played a great ball through to Sophie White and after the goalkeeper made a brilliant stop, White pounced on the rebound.

The Mariners were awarded a penalty mere seconds after the start of the second half. White was brought down as she was racing through on goal and Towers slotted home from the spot.

Shields’ constant pressure from the restart paid off as they found a fifth through Gatens. The number nine beat the defender with ease and her effort proved too hot to handle as the goalkeeper fumbled the ball into the net.

Lois Greenslade nearly scored the goal of the game as the winger ran through the Washington midfield, beat the defence and fired a shot off the crossbar from the edge of the area.

Shields’ new boss Scott Curtis was watching on from the sidelines as he assessed the squad ahead of his first game.

He said: “It was a great performance. The clean sheet was important and something that I care about.

“We’re looking to build on this in the future.

“I was impressed, and really do look forward to taking charge and working with this talented group of players.”

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