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Chichester City 0 Liverpool 3
Liverpool moved into the last eight of the SSE Women's FA Cup with a 3-0 away win over Chichester City.
In front of a packed Oaklands Park, the FAWPL Southern Division hosts gave a spirited and determined display against WSL 1 opposition but three goals either side of the break gave Liverpool a decisive advantage.
Chichester started well, moving the ball confidently and winning individual battles to exert pressure on the visitors. Sophie Phelps had the first effort at goal and Cherelle Khassal was a lively presence in attack. Rinsola Babajide, making her first start for Liverpool, was their best outlet, flashing a shot just wide on 14 minutes.
Emily Ramsey, making her debut in goal for the Reds, made a fine save from Jess Lewry, who reached a Chloe Melton cross, though the flag was raised for offside. Ramsey's opposite number. Sadie Wilson-Blakely, denied Beth England with a brave block but was beaten when Babajide was played in on the left by Caroline Weir for the opener just after the half hour.
Kate Longhurst with a powerful run down the right set up the second on 38 minutes, Ashley Hodson converting from close range. Chichester kept playing with belief and confidence. Chloe Tucker delighting the crowd with a lovely piece of skill in midfield before playing in Khassal who shot wide and the visitors took a two-goal lead to the break.
Two became three on 48 minutes when Weir fired in a 25-yard effort, parried by Wilson-Blakely, but turned home by current FAWSL Player of the Month England. The Chichester keeper then produced two superb stops to firstly deny England from close range and then turn away a powerful Longhurst strike after a free kick.
Longhurst shot wide from close range after England had played her in just after the hour. Both teams rang the changes in the last half hour with Chichester never flagging, creating some dangerous positions in front of Ramsey's goal and winning several corners and free kicks. From one Tucker set piece, Laura Ingram placed a header just over, but that was as close as they came to reducing the arrears.
With an impressive 1,300 in attendance, Chichester City had worked hard to gain the support of the local population and the day was superbly organised by the club. Every player in green and white gave their all against class opposition on a memorable day for the West Sussex club.
Sadie Wilson-Blakely, Lauren Cheshire, Tiff Taylor, Sophie Phelps, Laura Ingram, Chloe Melton, Rebecca Barron, Chloe Tucker, Jess Lewry, Cherelle Khassal, Jade Widdows. Subs: Jenna Fowlie, Alex Collighan, Ellis Bloomfield, Alice Walford, Poppy Shine.
Emily Ramsey, Ashley Hodson, Satara Murray, Beth England, Sophie Ingle, Naomi Hartley, Kate Longhurst, Ali Johnson, Caroline Weir, Amy Rodgers, Rinsola Babajide. Subs: Becky Flaherty, Cassia Pike, Jess Clarke, Laura Coombs, Martha Harris.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Rinsola Babajide is challenged by Sophie Phelps
(middle) Cherelle Khassal takes on Satara Murray
(bottom) Chloe Melton battles for the ball with Cassia Pike
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