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SSE Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
Everton brought to a halt the Cup run of Lewes in the last round when they beat the FAWPL Southern Division side 6-0 at the Dripping Pan. Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah scored a hat-trick with Chloe Kelly, Danielle Turner and Megan Finnigan adding the others for Everton who now travel in the opposite direction for the quarter finals, to the north east to face Durham Women, who 5-2 against Leicester City Women with goals from Abi Cottam (2), Zoe Ness, Ellie Christon and Emily Roberts.
Durham WFC were formed in 2014 as a merger between South Durham & Cestria Girls and Durham University, competing in their first ever Women's Super League season during 2014.
Cestria was founded during 2006 by Lee Sanders and the North East side became perennial achievers in the women's game. The girls played teams as far-reaching as Portugal, Ghana and America before winning the prestigious World Peace Cup in Oslo in 2010. A year later, they finished runners-up at the Gothia World Youth Cup. Their first season as a senior football side finished in a Northern Women's Combination League trophy before the merger came about with Sanders and Quentin Sloper, head of sport at Durham University, heading up the idea.
This led to the Wildcats competing in their first WSL2 campaign during 2014. The side took a while to find their feet but finished strongly and eventually finished sixth, a magnificent achievement for a side formed just months before the League began. A successful second season followed with Durham finishing seventh despite an injury-ravaged campaign, giving the Wildcats plenty of confidence heading into 2016.
That confidence was well founded, with Durham enjoying their most successful season to date in their third year. A fourth placed finish in FA WSL 2 represented the club's best ever league finish, with the Wildcats well in the promotion hunt until the end of the season. Records were broken off the field, too, with crowds flocking to New Ferens Park across the season.
This laid the foundations for the one-off FA WSL Spring Series. With the vast majority of the squad retained, the side were looking forward with optimism into 2017. A fifth place finished followed in the Spring Series as the club continued to develop both on and off the pitch. That growth was rewarded at the 2017 FA Women's Football Awards, where the Wildcats were awarded the prestigious FA Women's Super League 2 Club of the Year prize for their excellent progress as a club.
Lee Sanders remains as manager with Andy Thorpe as his assistant and Sarah Wilson is club captain. Talented striker Beth Hepple is the club's leading scorer and strike partner Zoe Ness recently won her first senior international caps for Scotland.
Durham Women (from): Helen Alderson, Jen Jennings, Annabel Johnson, Grace McCatty, Sarah Wilson, Sarah Robson, Beth Hepple, Zoe Ness, Nicki Gears, Natalie Gutteridge, Jordan Atkinson, Nicola Gibson, Megan Borthwick, Becky Salicki, Nicola Worthington, Ellie Christon, Emily Roberts, Jenny Bitzer, Ellis Dalgliesh, Lauren Briggs, Caroline Dixon, Abi Cottam, Kathryn Hill, Rachel Lee.
Everton (from): Kirstie Levell, Danielle Turner, Georgia Brougham, Siri Worm, Gabrielle George, Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah, Jodie Brett, Claudia Walker, Simone Magill, Chloe Kelly, Angharad James, Lizzie Durack, Marthe Munsterman, Taylor Hinds, Olivia Chance, Courtney Sweetman-Kirk, Megan Finnigan, Mollie Green, Faye Bryson.
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