Sunday 18 February 2018

Report: Liverpool Ladies reach quarter-finals of FA Cup

Reds defeat Chichester City three-nil in the Round of 16 to progress in SSE Women's FA Cup.

Liverpool Ladies progressed to the quarter-finals of the SSE Women's FA Cup after a 3-0 win at Chichester City Ladies on Sunday afternoon.

Bethany England was on the mark along with Ashley Hodson, and Rinsola Babajide scored on her first start.

After suffering successive defeats to Arsenal and Manchester City in the Women’s Super League, a return to winning ways was a welcome tonic for Scott Rogers’ charges.

After making the long trip to west Sussex, Rogers decided to freshen up his side, handing two debuts to goalkeeper Emily Ramsey and defender Naomi Hartley.

After a lively start in which both sides created decent opportunities, Liverpool Ladies took the lead on 34 minutes when Babajide pounced following a superb pass from Caroline Weir.

Hodson made it 2-0 six minutes before the break when she slotted home from close range.

Two minutes after the restart England made it 3-0 after Weir’s initial effort was saved.

Liverpool Ladies might have added more goals before the end with Kate Longhurst twice just off target and Ali Johnson unlucky to see her free-kick sail just over the bar.

Liverpool Ladies: Ramsey, Hodson, Hartley, Murray, Rodgers, Ingle (Pike, 64), Longhurst, Johnson, Babajide, Weir (Clarke, 64), England.

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