SSFC Ladies progress in County Cup

SSFC Ladies progress in County Cup

South Shields progressed in the Durham FA Women’s County Cup as they defeated Washington Associates 4-2 at Harton Welfare on Sunday.

Shields enjoyed plenty of the ball early in the game and nearly took the lead within minutes. A pinpoint corner found Alex Miller but her volley narrowly cleared the crossbar.

The Mariners kept up the pressure and came close to finding the breakthrough soon afterwards. A brilliant cross connected with Sophie White, but her effort was matched by the goalkeeper.

Caitlin Bates then tried her luck from distance with a free-kick, but it was tipped onto the bar.

Another chance fell Shields’ way as Bates found herself through on goal, but her shot narrowly went wide.

Shields’ rampant pressure finally paid off as Gabby Pedersen found space inside the area and fired a low cross, which found Jade Dryden with the goal at her mercy.

Only moments later, the home side doubled their lead. White fired an effort from close range that gave the goalkeeper no chance.

However, on the stroke of half-time, Washington pulled a goal back. Shields were caught out playing from the back, which allowed the visitors to break and get back into the game.

Just after the break, Bates had a good chance to restore Shields’ two-goal lead. She beat the defender inside the area, but her shot was always rising over the bar.

Washington Association brought the scores level midway through the half as a dubious penalty was confidently put away.

The Mariners found an immediate response. A brilliant cross into the box by Bates found Miller at the back post, and her header was confidently dispatched.

The two-goal advantage was quickly restored as Bates ran onto a brilliant pass, showed great composure to take the ball around the goalkeeper and slotted into an empty net.

The Mariners were compact after the fourth and limited Washington Associates to few chances as they claimed their place in the next round.

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