MATCH REPORT: Penrith Ladies Development 0-2 Workington Reds Ladies
Reds Ladies progressed to the semi final of the Cumberland Cup on a bizarre afternoon at Frenchfield.
They squandered a hatful of gilt-edged chances, picked up several injuries but, most importantly, registered the victory which secured their passage into the last four of a competition they have won twice previously.
Eleanor McDonald sustained what appeared to be a serious knee injury and both Keeley Holliday and Sophie Nutter also hobbled off during a frustrating ninety minutes for manager Paul Mackenzie.
Reds took the lead with a well-worked goal in the fifteenth minute, Chloe Henderson (pictured) scoring after a good move with a confident finish from inside the box.
And it was Henderson, again, a quarter of an hour from the end netting the all-important second goal. There should have been a penalty awarded to Reds in the build-up but the referee turned down the appeals and allowed play to continue.
In the confusion which followed, the ball fell to Henderson and her shot was mishandled by the ‘keeper resulting in a somewhat fortunate two-goal cushion.
Penrith, who used three different ‘keepers during the game, hardly troubled Laura Miller in the Workington goal but did create a couple of half chances before the end.
Team: Laura Miller, Eleanor McDonald, Naomi Foster, Alice Kemp, Hannah Fawkes, Keeley Holliday, Linzi Donaldson, Chloe Henderson, Morgan McGrady, Olvia Bennett, Emi Rudd. Substitutes – Kacey Rodgers, Natalie Hooper, Hannah Ridgewell, Sophie Birkett, Sophie Nutter (all used).
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