LADIES FOOTBALL - Comfortable county cup win for Northern Star

Cassie Steward scored for Northern Star. Picture: David Lowndes
Cassie Steward scored for Northern Star. Picture: David Lowndes
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Peterborough Northern Star Ladies cruised into the second round of the Northants County Cup yesterday (October 18) beating visitors Raunds Town 4-0.

Star took the lead 13 minutes in as Jess Farchica ghosted into the box to divert Samantha Woodham’s corner into the net.

Chanade Henderson was unlucky not to double the lead after hitting the post and although Star did all the attacking it was still only 1-0 at the break.

In the second half Raunds continued to defend deep in their own half allowing Star nearly all the possession in and around the visitors’ box.

Star’s persistence prevailed as Georgia Coulson doubled the lead with a header from a corner after 53 minutes.

Good interplay between Cassie Steward and Woodham resulted in the latter striking the post with a low effort.

Cassie Steward found the net shortly after as she lofted the ball over the keeper after good work from Henderson.

Less than three minutes after Star’s third, Vicky Gallagher was tripped in the box following some quick footwork and a penalty was given. She stepped up and added a fourth goal.

Leah Barnes and Rachael Mumford could have added their names to the scoresheet in the closing moments but their efforts were saved and put wide respectively.

Star Boss Steve Iredale said: “Last season we were winning nearly every weekend, this season in the FA Women’s Premier League we’ve had to learn to deal with losing.

“But we’ve now won two cup games over the past two weekends, scoring 11 and keeping two clean sheets.

“We now return to important league action so hopefully the ladies will have a little more confidence for the next couple of games.”

Star are at home to Radcliffe Olympic in the FA Women’s Premier League this Sunday (October 25).

Star have been drawn away to Peterborough United Ladies in the next round of the county cup on Sunday November 15.