Chorley Ladies advance in FA Cup after draw against Middlesbrough


The home side looked down as they fell behind thanks to two early goals, then lost 3-1 early in the second half.

However, they fought back fiercely and in the end they could have won it under normal circumstances but kept their cool in the shootout to win 4-1.

Following last week’s League Cup loss, the Magpies were eager to bounce back against Boro, who plies his trade in the above division.

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Chorley celebrates his FA Cup win over Middlesbrough (Photo: Munro Sports Photography)

Boro started the better of the two teams, but Chorley had the best of luck when Aleesha Collins broke through Boro’s defense with only the keeper to beat, but her shot hit the side net.

Minutes later, Boro aptly opened the scoring when Faye Dale delivered a stunning 15-yard strike.

Shortly after, Dale doubled his tally when a speculative weak drive passed through a group of players and nestled in the bottom corner.

At this point and against higher opposition, Chorley could have capitulated, but manager Ben Gooden instilled an attitude of oneness and never say die in this special group of players and instead Chorley stepped down. rallied and grown in the game.

It was Collins, 16, on her FA Cup debut, who started the comeback when she led Boro’s defense by beating several players before calmly putting the ball into the net.

It was again Collins who had a wonderful opportunity to equalize just before half-time but his touch took it aside and Boro’s defense managed to recover.

Chorley had not been dominated in the first half and had created the best chances but Boro had dominated possession.

The Magpies came out stronger of both teams after the break, but found themselves down 3-1 when Eve Marshall scored another well-directed shot for Boro.

The Magpies were quick to respond, Ellie Cleary was dragged into the box, the ensuing penalty was saved by the Boro keeper but Collins was on hand to hit the rebound to bring the score to 3-2 .

Chorley insisted on the equalizer and it came 50 minutes when Collins was again in the right place at the right time to complete a 3-3 FA Cup hat-trick.

In the 61st minute, Dale completed his hat trick for Boro with another clinical finish and Boro again took the initiative to lead 4-3.

However, just five minutes later, Collins scored his fourth goal of the game by coldly placing the ball into the skylight at close range on the volley 4-4.

Chorley put on the pressure but couldn’t score the winning goal and overtime loomed large.

Both teams dug into the ground in overtime, with Chorley having the best chance of winning the game when the ball landed at Megan Searson’s feet from five yards away but she was only able to put the ball straight into the keeper’s arms. .

It was the signal for the penalty shootout. Chorley took first place and captain Laura Walker stepped in and shot high into the net. It was then Chorley’s advantage that Boro was missing then.

Charlotte Evans then turned the screw to bring the score to 2-0 for the hosts, but Boro halved the deficit by scoring their next.

Lisa Topping maintained Chorley’s 100% record on the next kick while Boro failed again.

It was left to Collins, 16, to win and she duly did, crushing the ball at home to secure a truly thrilling tie.

Chorley is in action again this Sunday at Blainscough Park against Morecambe Ladies, kick off at 2pm.

Team: Emma Bradley, Isabel Catlow, Lisa Topping, Megan Searson, Katie Holt, Laura Walker ©, Charlotte Evans, Carra Jones, Aleesha Collins, Rachel Hindle, Rachel Wood. Subtitles: Ellie Cleary (46 ‘), Katie Matthews (115’), Ellie Mills, Kerry Nickson, Emma Hickson.

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