Morecambe Ladies put five past Chester-le-Street

Morecambe Ladies' Millie Brown in action during their 5-1 win over Chester-le-Street.
Morecambe Ladies' Millie Brown in action during their 5-1 win over Chester-le-Street.

Morecambe Ladies saw off a depleted Chester-le-Street 5-1 in their final home game of 2016 on Sunday.

Emma Kay and Megan Doherty both scored twice with Becky Whittingham also on target as Nick Barrett’s side made light work of their North East visitors.

The hosts took an early when lead when Georgia Lupton played a one-two with Millie Brown before firing in a cross which Kay turned home to open the scoring.

The chances kept coming for the Shrimps but against the run of play they were pegged back seven minutes before the interval with a free-kick beating goalkeeper Nat Saunders to make it 1-1.

There was an almost immediate reaction from Morecambe however with Whittingham’s cross finding Kay unmarked in the box to volley home and restore the lead.

It was soon 3-1 early in the second half, Doherty tapping in after Hannah Paling strutted her stuff down the left and found the striker at the far post.

With the Shrimps standing firm at the back the fourth came from Whittingham who fired home with aplomb after a quick free-kick had caught the visitors cold.

Chester-le-Street kept coming forwards and won a series of corners but the best was still to come as Morecambe extended their advantage further.

Breaking from their own half Barrett’s side exchanged a number of passes before Doherty slipped the ball over the ‘keeper and in.

The hosts continued to press in the closing stages at Lancaster & Morecambe College as they made sure of a comfortable victory.

The Ladies, eighth in the Women’s Premier League Northern Division One, travel to Blackpool Wren Rovers on Sunday.