Nott a prob­lem for Lady Mags - thanks to Me­gan

The Chronicle - - Grassroots Women’s Football -

A SEC­OND-HALF brace by Me­gan McKen­zie se­cured New­cas­tle United’s place in the next round as they won at Not­ting­ham For­est 2-0.

The higher-league hosts started strongly but were made to pay for their missed chances.

Ni­cola Emery wasted three op­por­tu­ni­ties in the open­ing quar­ter, while Grace Don­nelly de­nied Kelly Darby with a good save.

Amy Dicken shot wide be­fore Emery was brought down out­side the box when through on goal, the re­sult­ing free-kick hit di­rectly at the wall.

Steph Ord had two good ef­forts for United, her free-kick go­ing over while a shot flashed past the post.

McKen­zie also had two shots off tar­get as the sides went in level at the break.

Four min­utes into the sec­ond pe­riod, McKen­zie gave New­cas­tle the lead.

To­tally un­marked, she slot­ted past goal­keeper Re­becca Thomas into the bot­tom left-hand cor­ner.

Thomas de­nied New­cas­tle with two more good saves be­fore the Lady Mags did dou­ble their ad­van­tage, McKen­zie again from a sim­i­lar po­si­tion shoot­ing past the stranded goal­keeper.

Don­nelly made a good save to stop a Natasha Hudson goal­bound shot, while Ord tried her luck from in­side her own half - Thomas sav­ing what would have been a re­mark­able goal.

The host en­joyed the ma­jor­ity of pos­ses­sion, Darby go­ing close again, but were un­able to breach a de­ter­mined de­fence.

Ord had an­other free-kick saved two min­utes from time be­fore New­cas­tle started cel­e­brat­ing their place in the third round.

There was an em­bar­rass­ing er­ror by the FA af­ter a team who had lost the pre­vi­ous day came out of the hat in Mon­day’s third-round draw.

Sport­ing Khalsa were drawn away to New­cas­tle United but the New Saints, who beat Sport­ing, not sur­pris­ingly queried their omis­sion.

Af­ter clar­i­fi­ca­tion, it was con­firmed Welsh bor­der side TNS, from Oswestry, would pro­vide the Lady Mags’ first op­po­si­tion of 2018.

The third-round clash will take place on Sun­day, Jan­uary 7, the win­ners en­ter­ing the fourth-round draw when the FA Women’s Super League clubs en­ter.

FA Women’s Premier League North­ern Di­vi­sion lead­ers Mid­dles­brough eased past NERWFL Premier Di­vi­sion side Fars­ley Celtic 8-1, earn­ing a home draw against New­cas­tle’s league ri­vals Liver­pool MF in the third round.

New­cas­tle United’s Me­gan Bain­brdge, pic­tured scor­ing in their FA Cup first-round suc­cess against Sh­effield United, was on tar­get again against Not­ting­ham For­est

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