Morecambe Ladies through to third round of FA Cup

Becky Whittingham looks to get Morecambe moving in their FA Cup second round tie against Sheffield Community. Picture: Martin Cordingley
Becky Whittingham looks to get Morecambe moving in their FA Cup second round tie against Sheffield Community. Picture: Martin Cordingley
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Morecambe Ladies are into the third round of the FA Cup after a 4-2 win over Sheffield United Community.

A brace from Megan Doherty, a Sophie Fish wonder strike and a Blades own goal saw the Shrimpettes through in the iconic cup competition.

The visitors were first to go close however at a windy Lancaster & Morecambe College with Sophie Bell bringing a fine near post save from Emma Reader.

Bell then turned provider with Ella Greenhof firing wide after a pull back from the byline.

Georgia Lupton and Doherty were the main Morecambe threats, the latter firing just over before the former had Sheffield ‘keeper Lauren Santoro pushing a fierce shot away for a corner.

The pressure was building and a Lupton cross from the left was met by the unfortunate Laura Parsons who could only put her clearance beyond Santoro and in for the opening goal.

It was soon two when Fish found space some distance from goal and let fly with her shot sailing into the top corner.

Sheffield hit back however, with Morecambe seemingly having weathered a storm before Chloe Lacey raced clear before guiding the ball over Reader and in to reduce the arrears to 2-1.

Eyeing a change in the momentum the visitors went in search of a leveller but Lottie Gray was on hand to block Greenof’s shot after Bell had rounded Reader.

The provider then brought a save from Reader as the Blades looked the more likely to get the next goal.

It continued to be end-to-end however with new Morecambe signing Lindsey Garthwaite seeing her header from Becky Whittingham’s corner cleared off the line by what appeared to be the hand of Alicia Johnson. The interval came at a good time for the hosts who looked to shift the momentum back their way after the break.

They did just that with both Lupton and Doherty coming close in the opening stages of the second half before Morecambe restored their two-goal lead.

Just after the hour mark Doherty’s turn and shot was pushed round the post by Santoro, the resulting corner being floated in by Whittingham with Doherty rising highest to power the ball home and make it 3-1.

It looked like the Shrimps were set to make the game safe but the Blades weren’t done with Bell’s swinging cross ending up in the net as Lacey rose to challenge Reader in the air.

At 3-2 it was game very much back on but Morecambe gave themselves some breathing room with 12 minutes to go, Lupton sending Doherty racing clear with the Shrimps hot shot making no mistake one-on-one.

The Shrimps saw the game out with ease, Doherty nearly sealing her hat-trick with a late header, to set up a third round tie at home to Stoke City on February 1.

This Sunday, Chorley visit Lancaster and Morecambe College in the semi-final of the Lancashire Cup, a 2pm kick-off.