An emphatic win for holders as Bay Women beat young Ashington side

HOLDERS Whitley Bay Women eased through to the semi finals of the Northumberland County Cup with an emphatic victory against a young Ashington side.

Whitley dominated the game from start to finish, with only rare glimpses of passing movements from their County League opponents.

The gulf in leagues was evident, with the skill and pace of the Whitley forwards too much for Ashington to contain.

Yet they worked hard for the opening period of the game and it took until the 23rd minute for Whitley to make the breakthrough.

They won a series of corners to pile the pressure on the Ashington defence, and when the ball was not cleared, Janine Fagan lashed a great shot into the top corner to make it 1-0.

A golden spell just before half-time, saw Whitley score three further goals in five minutes as first Sarah Coleman had a shot saved and Rachel Mellor fired in the rebound.

Then Steph O’Brien threaded a great diagonal ball through for Jo Suddes to run clear and shoot home.

And finally, on 44 minutes, Suddes played in Sarah Coleman for her to lift a neat finish over the despairing keeper.

After the interval, there was more of the same as on 50 minutes the pace of Rachel Kay took her down the left wing and she squared for Sarah Coleman to finish for the Hillheads side.

On 58 minutes, Sarah Coleman scored again as sister Lisa played a neat ball across the face of goal.

Kay was again the provider from the left wing as another ball across the goal was met at the far post by Lisa Coleman for an emphatic finish.

The scoring was complete at 8-0 to Whitley as Nikki Smith squeezed the ball through to Amy O’Brien to take a touch and fire in a great strike over the keeper’s head from all of 20 yards.

Manager Andy Windscheffel was pleased with the win.

He said: “We played well today and credit to Ashington for playing with great effort and spirit right to the end.”