Women's Football make the Last Eight of the FA Cup!
(18 February 2019)
For the second year in succession Durham Women’s Football Club will be contesting an FA Cup quarter-final.
On this occasion Bristol City were the WSL 1 scalps as the squad proved, yet again, that they are capable of performing successfully at the highest level of the domestic game.
Lee Sanders made three changes for the trip to the Stoke Gifford Stadium, with Sarah Robson, Kathryn Hill and Hannah Reid all handed starts. And Reid was busy in the opening exchanges, having to gather a number of raking long balls as Bristol started on the front foot.
The first-half was one of few clear-cut chances, but both sides had genuine opportunities to take the lead before the interval.
Bristol substitute Heather Payne - who replaced the injured Lucy Graham early on - was denied when she went one-on-one with Reid.
And for Durham, the lively Robson saw a header flash narrowly wide of the post.
But the game opened up after the break, with Durham on the offensive from the off.
Zoe Ness sent a header marginally over the bar before Robson's effort from range flew narrowly wide as the visitors ramped up the pressure.
And they got the rewards their fine performance deserved just after the hour mark - Robertson racing through to latch onto a pass from Ness before prodding home.
That stunned Bristol, who failed to trouble Reid as the second tier side dictated proceedings as the game drew towards its end.
The hosts did commit players forward - but they were caught out in injury time when Rachel Lee won back possession and teed up Robertson.
The midfielder - spotting opposition stopper Sophie Baggaley off her line - then unleashed a fine chipped effort from the halfway line to double Durham’s lead and, in doing so, secure a place in the quarter-final draw.