Morecambe Ladies in to second round of FA Cup

Double goal scorer Laura Marshall in action for Morecambe Ladies against Norton & Stockton Ancients.
Double goal scorer Laura Marshall in action for Morecambe Ladies against Norton & Stockton Ancients.

Morecambe Ladies reached the second round of the FA Cup with a 5-2 win over Norton & Stockton Ancients on Sunday.

Laura Marshall scored twice with Hannah Paling, Georgia Lupton and Megan Doherty also on target in the fine win for Nick Barrett’s side.

Both sides had seen chances come and go before the visitors took the lead, Nyci Thorns taking Leanne Mulligan’s pass before crossing for Lucy Charlton to volley home.

Morecambe hit back though and were soon level with Paling beating her marker at the far post to convert Lupton’s cross.

In a key period of the game both sides looked to get their noses in front but it was the hosts who took the lead, Paling feeding Marshall who finished well past Rachel Chisnel to make it 2-1 at the break.

From there the Shrimpettes never looked back.

After a frantic opening to the second period Lupton pounced on a ball through the Norton defence to make it 3-1.

Charlton then brought a fine save from Shrimps stopper Emma Reader but the visitors were soon 4-1 behind.

Sophie Fish brought the ball forward and played the ball to Marshall who dropped a shoulder to beat her marker, sprinting into the box before beating the ‘keeper from a tight angle with a left-footed shot into the far corner.

Norton weren’t done however and gave themselves a glimmer of hope with a second goal.

Mulligan received the ball after a Morecambe attack broke down and hoisted a long ball forward towards Thorns on the counter.

She beat the back four and got in ahead of the on-rushing Reader to slip the ball past the goalkeeper and tap the ball into the empty net to make it 4-2.

Doherty, on as a second-half substitute, soon restored Morecambe’s three-goal cushion however.

The Shrimps hot shot, continuing her comeback from injury, out ran her defender before chipping the ball sweetly over the ‘keeper to make it five.

The goal seemed to finally knock the stuffing out of the visitors to Lancaster & Morecambe College.

Reader had a few shots to deal with but it was a comfortable conclusion for the hosts who sealed a coveted spot in the second round with an excellent win.