West Didsbury & Chorlton Women are the only remaining NWWRFL Division One side in the FA Women’s Cup and will take their place in today’s draw after a nerve wrenching penalty shoot out victory away to Blackpool.
West fell behind on 58 minutes when ??? shot came off the inside of the post and the linesman adjudged it to have crossed the lien. The lead lasted barely a minute as Ellie Caddick found space on the right to cross in and Jami Hodges right footed volley across the keeper found the bottom corner.
Despite the visitors dominance the game headed to extra time and it was West who looked to have won it when Lyndesy Turner headed home from Caddick’s corner in the 100th minute.
However Blackpool forced penalties when a long range effort from Charmaine Cardwell found the bottom corner from the edge of the penalty. The game headed to penalties and despite West missing two of their first three kicks it was goalkeeper Claire Jefferson who was the hero saving three of Blackpool’s five spot kicks. It was down to Chaneece Reeves to hold her nerve and fire home the decisive penalty to send West into the next round.
West turn their attention to the league next weekend when they host City of Liverpool at Brookburn Road.
FC United didn’t fare so well as they were eliminated following a 1-0 loss away to Wigan Athletic played at Billinge FC. FC United were reduced to 10 after 8 minutes when Jess Battle was shown a straight red card. Wigan used their player advantage wisely and took the lead on 15 minutes through a Megan Hornby free kick. Despite the numerical disadvantage FC pressed for an equaliser but couldn’t find a way through against a side a division higher than them.
FC United will play Didsbury next weekend as they look to defend their Manchester FA Women’s Cup.
Finally, it was a bad day at the office for Manchester Stingers who exited at home to MSB Woolton losing 0-6. Stingers will look to bounce back next weekend when they host Swinton in the County Cup; Stingers we’re semi-finalists last season.