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York City ladies bow out of the FA Cup
9:41am Thursday 26th September 2013 in Sport
YORK City ladies bowed out of the FA Cup after a 3-2 extra-time defeat at first round qualifying hosts Peterlee Seconds.
Goals from Jazz Whitwell and Ruth Brazier saw the visitors draw level at the end of 90 minutes after trailing to two swift second-half goals but Peterlee went on to edge a close encounter.
Great defending by Sara Renfrew and girl-of-the-game Emily Dingley, who was outstanding at left-back, had ensured the teams went in 0-0 at the interval.
York fell behind, though, on 54 minutes and, after Megan Bramham came on for her first outfield appearance for the first team since March due to injury, Peterlee doubled their advantage on the hour.
The visitors rallied and struck back almost immediately courtesy of a great finish from Whitwell, who ran on to an astute through pass from Renfrew.
A great ball down the wing from Bramham then sent Louise Ross clear on goal but all shouts for a penalty, when she was brought down, were waved away by the referee, who deemed the challenge to be a fair tackle.
But York did draw level on 83 minutes when Whitwell’s corner was headed in perfectly by Brazier.
Ross struck a post just 30 seconds into extra-time but Peterlee broke on the counter to clinch victory.
City ladies’ reserves, meanwhile, were emphatic 14-0 home winners against Fishburn Park with top scorer Chantel Padgham, debutant Steph Nicolle and Jordanne Devine all hitting hat-tricks. With City only trailing North Riding Women’s League leaders Redcar on goal difference, the margin of victory was also a big boost to the team’s hopes of staying in touch with the early pacesetters.
Padgham opened the scoring on 26 minutes after a smart assist from Helen Dalby.
Moments later, Ellie Randall’s ferocious long-range strike doubled the hosts’ lead and she then set up Carol Thompson to make it 3-0 on the half-hour mark.
Right-back Jenna Strain went on to add a spectacular fourth and Padgham got her second following a great cross from Ashlee Brack.
Combination play between Strain and Devine saw the latter claim her first and she went on to take advantage of a goalkeeping error to send City in 7-0 to the good at the break.
In the second half, Randall claimed another assist with a cross to Nicolle, whose lob extended the advantage.
Girl-of-the-game Brack then released Krista Richardson for the first of her two goals with Nicolle, Devine and Padgham completing their treble hauls in between.
City reserves now travel to Huntington Ladies on Sunday.
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