REPORT: Durham 4 – 0 Chichester

Two own goals and strikes from Beth Hepple and Zoe Ness helped Durham earn a 4 nil victory and a place in the fourth round of the FA Women’s FA Cup.

The first came when Chichester’s Lucie Challen passed the ball back to goalkeeper Hannah McNamara and it was the wind that made the ball gain momentum before rolling into the back of the net.

The tie marked Durham’s first competitive match and it wasn’t long before the Wildcats dominance began to show. There were plenty of chances which could have easily seen the home side take the lead but they were unable to convert a string of chances.

Durham continued to apply pressure and were restricting Chichester in their movements, virtually containing the away side to the confines of their own half.

But it was just before half-time when Durham doubled their advantage and it was Zoe Ness’ powerful shot that was deflected by Taylor McGlashan to give Durham a two nil lead.

The second-half saw Chichester start with more urgency than the first, creating several chances, including a freekick that struck the bar. However they were unable to convert these opportunities and Durham began to find their feet again.

It was the home side who increased their advantage in the 80th minute when Beth Hepple’s freekick went in to make that two consecutive matches in a row that the midfielder has scored in.

There was continued pressure from both sides but the final blow came in the 86th minute after a sustained period of play by Durham before Zoe Ness slotted the ball into the back of the net.

The Wildcats saw out the last few minutes of the match with no problem and sealed a 4-0 victory to see them progress to the fourth round of the FA Women’s Cup.

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