Lough­bor­ough Foxes need ex­tra time to earn cup win

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SSE WOMEN’S FA CUP SEC­OND ROUND LOUGH­BOR­OUGH FOXES WOMEN 3 GILLING­HAM LADIES 1 (AET)

LOUGH­BOR­OUGH Foxes needed ex­tra time to progress to the third round of the SSE Women’s FA Cup with a 3-1 vic­tory over Gilling­ham Ladies.

Lough­bor­ough Foxes were by far the bet­ter side in the first half and should have been ahead in the open­ing 10 min­utes. Laura Steele whipped in an invit­ing cross to the back post, how­ever Re­becca Knight was un­able to guide her header on tar­get.

Foxes opened the scor­ing through Char­lotte Broad. An­other set piece caused havoc in the Gills box and Broad pow­ered her header into the top cor­ner fol­low­ing a Steele cor­ner.

Foxes could have been two up at the break al­beit from su­perb goal­keep­ing from Gills Num­ber one, Shan­ley Court­ney. Mil­lie Chan­darana’s de­flected ef­fort looked as though it was over Court­ney but her re­flexes to push the ball over the bar pre­vented Foxes from ex­tend­ing their lead.

The Gills re­sponded as they did in the league fix­ture seven days ago. They thought they were back in the game af­ter bundling it over the line. Luck­ily for the hosts the li­nes­man ruled out the goal for off­side.

The Gills were how­ever back in the game on 65 min- utes as Al­ice Bussey fin­ished off a counter at­tack with an ex­cel­lent fin­ish into the far cor­ner of the net.

Foxes were press­ing to re­take the lead and had a fan­tas­tic chance to go a goal ahead from the penalty spot. Chloe Young was tripped in­side the area and Steele stepped up but fired her ef­fort over the bar.

Foxes kept knock­ing on the door. Court­ney pulled off a dou­ble save to keep the vis­i­tors in the tie. Becky McGrother hit the foot of the goal af­ter pounc­ing on Court­ney’s slip, and it looked as though it wasn’t go­ing to be the host’s day.

The match went into ex­tra time and Knight put the game be­yond Gilling­ham. Knight rose high to nod home a su­perb cross from sub­sti­tute Pip Cas­sidy four min­utes into ex­tra time.

Knight added her sec­ond and Foxes third 10 min­utes later with an­other nod­ded ef­fort from a Steele left footed cross and held out for the vi­tal win.

Foxes were the bet­ter side but were made to work ex­tremely hard for their place in the next round of the cup by a very re­silient Gilling­ham side. In the third round of the SSE Women’s FA Cup they will travel away to face FAWNL Di­vi­sion One South East side Bil­ler­icay on Jan­uary 6, 2019.

Foxes turn their at­ten­tion to the League Cup next Sun­day where they travel to Wales to face Cardiff City Ladies.

The SSE Womens FA Cup.

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