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Gateshead Rutherford Ravens flew into the final of the Durham County FA Women's Cup with a 3-1 victory over South Shields Ladies on Sunday.
Unbeaten in the league this season, it was the NERWFL side who took an early lead when Elizabeth Campbell opened the scoring on 20 minutes. Ravens' captain, Lynsey Wilkinson, held up the ball in the penalty area and laid it off for Campbell, who wrong footed Shields goalie, Donna Finlay, thanks to a slight deflection.
It did not take the Durham County team long to respond with the equaliser, as they scored from a corner 5 minutes later. A great delivery was met by Alex Miller who rose tall and head home at the near post.
Both teams pushed for the next goal with Finaly and Ravens' keeper, Katie McTague, called into action and showing bravery as they dived at the feet of the strikers.
The Gateshead side took the advantage into the half time interval when Wilkinson showed how dangerous she could be in the air as she guided the ball into the roof of the net from an Autumn Colledge perfectly executed corner.
As the second half got underway, both teams continued to push for the next goal with the game developing into a physical battle, and both teams seeing penalty shouts waved away by the referee.
NERWLF top scorer Wilkinson, was once again instrumental in her side's victory as she latched on to a perfectly weighted pass from Myriam Neaimeh, to slot home the last goal of the game.
Ravens manager, Sean Wilkinson, will proudly lead his team into their first County Cup Final to face last year's winners - Chester-le-Street Town - in what promises to be an exciting clash.
(Report by Laura Foad)
Photo - Ravens captain Lynsey Wilkinson celebrates with team mate Jennifer Brennan after she scored the decisive third goal
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