On road to Cup Success
A huge congratulations to our sponsored player Bianca Owens and Norton & Stockton Ancients Ladies who are though to the final of the Durham County Cup. Bianca’s hat-trick helped secure the 4-1 win over Consett AFC Ladies.
Well done ladies we are so proud of you. We can’t wait for the final!
Full Match report here:
Durham County Cup Semi-Final
Norton & Stockton Ancients Ladies vs Consett AFC Ladies
Norton came into the game a little low on confidence after two defeats this week but it was a chance for the squad to show character and put in a performance to get through to the final. Norton are still with injuries to Wilkinson, Bell and Thorns, plus Maddy Atkinson who trained during the week and is hopeful for next Sunday but was not fit enough to play in today’s semi final. Norton started with the same line up as midweek with the only change saw Coyle replace Hebb at right back.
Garside, McGuire, Burton, Coyle
Tierney, Slater, Corrie
L. Atkinson, Owens, Reed
Mawston, McSorley, Williams, Lillystone
Norton started the game kicking into the wind and quickly set about their business and moved the ball quickly and worked hard out of possession. Norton took the lead on the 5th minute when Reed played a short pass into Corrie on the edge of the area and Corrie touched it out of her feet and fired a great shot into the roof of the net.
Norton, playing some good football, were causing Consett problems down the right with Coyle and Reed linking up well but were just missing the final ball into the area. Consett were really troubling the Norton back line but were gifted a surprise equaliser on 17 minutes. Garside played the ball to McGuire who lost possession. The ball rebounded towards the Norton goal. Chisnall raced out to challenge the Consett striker but the ball fell nicely for the forward to tap home.
Norton came back at Consett and a fine one-two between Atkinson and Owens saw Atkinson race through with the keeper to beat but her well hit shot came back off the inside of the goal post and went to safety. Consett’s forwards were keeping the Norton defenders on their toes with good runs on the rare occasions they attacked. Norton then had to make a change with Williams replacing Coyle after a clash of heads. On 32 minutes, Norton were back in front after Atkinson beat her marker with ease before slipping a little pass inside to Owens who chipped the ball into the top corner.
Norton extended the lead when a Courtney Corrie free kick was headed home at the back post by Owens to give Norton a 3-1 lead at the break.
Norton & Stockton Ancients Ladies 3-1 Consett AFC Ladies
The second half, Consett came out fighting and the game was even and Norton knew they were in a cup tie. The task was made a lot harder on 56 minutes when goalkeeper Chisnall brought down the Consett striker outside the area and was shown a straight red card. Lillystone replaced Reed and went in goal as Norton played with a 4-3-2 formation. Mawston and McSorley replaced Atkinson and Slater as legs began to tire and it was the two subs that combined when McSorley played a lovely reverse ball to Mawston but her shot was blocked. McSorley then beat a player in a wide position and squared it to Mawston who held off the defender and played it to Corrie but she fired a shot wide. Norton’s next chance fell to Tierney who darted into the penalty area and beat a defender before firing wide with her left foot. Consett had a dangerous break but were stopped by Tierney unfairly which saw her getting a yellow card. On the 80th minute it was game over when Owens made space and fired home an unstoppable shot from the edge of the area to make it 4-1 and complete her hat trick.
Norton made further subs with Reed, Slater and Coyle replacing Owens, Tierney and Burton. Reed and Mawston combined well and set up Corrie but she shot wide. The whistle blew and the cup holders are through to the final where they face Durham Cestria who defeated Chester-le-Street 2-1 in the other semi-final.
Norton & Stockton Ancients Ladies 4-1 Consett Ladies
Player of the Match