For the first time in their eight-year history Morecambe Ladies have moved into the second round proper of the women’s FA Cup with a 4-2 victory over Chorley on Sunday.
Their opponents, top of the higher Northern Combination League, were strong favourites to win this tie and on a boggy pitch they started the game well.
Morecambe ‘keeper Catherine Clough had to be at her best to keep out shots from distance, assisted by a strong wind.
As half-time approached Morecambe were desperately hanging on when Hannah Paling forced a corner after a rare attack.
It was from this that Megan Doherty hit a wonder strike into the roof of the net giving Morecambe a 1-0 lead.
The second half set off at a blistering pace and with the wind at their backs Morecambe piled on the pressure.
Doherty latched onto a through ball and after the keeper saved her first shot she converted the rebound to make it 2-0.
Chorley hit back immediately when a long-range effort flew in off the bar and the crowd started to sense a comeback.
However, this was short lived as Becky Whittingham tapped in after good work from Kayleigh Cleminson to restore the two-goal lead at 3-1.
Clough continued to make some great saves in the Morecambe goal to keep her side in command.
Morecambe were then able to hit Chorley on the counter attack allowing Doherty to complete her hat-trick, lobbing the ‘keeper from 20 yards to put the tie to bed.
As the game neared a conclusion Chorley scored again from distance, but it didn’t affect the final outcome.
*The Shrimps ladies now meet Liverpool Feds at home in the FA Cup second round on January 6.