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WOMEN'S FOOTBALL: Spits progress in FA Cup in style
6:00am Tuesday 24th September 2013 in Sport
SWINDON Spitfires’ path to the second qualifying round of the FA Women’s Cup never looked in doubt after Emma Skinner opened the scoring against Quedgeley Wanderers after just 55 seconds of their 18-0 victory.
Almost the entire first-half was played out in the Quedgeley half with wingers Mel Bristow and Ria Salleh out-stripping the home defence at will and Skinner and Laura Stallard dominating the middle of the park.
With full-backs Jess Dent and Cara Costello pushing up in support of their wingers Quedgeley were just unable to create any meaningful attacks of their own, leaving Spitfires’ keeper Tamsin Kellett with nothing more than the occasional back pass to deal with as centre-back Emily Sparkes mopped up anything coming her way.
Following Skinner’s opener Debbie Rose netted a Bristow cross for the second goal in the second minute before setting up Stallard to lift over the keeper in the eighth. Salleh made it 4-0 with a near-post finish a minute later before slotting home a rebounded shot from Costello on 14 minutes.
Skinner made it 6-0 in the 19th minute after a Bristow cut-back, and straight from the centre Spits won possession for Rose to get her second. Two minutes later Sparkes got in on the act as she delivered a ball to the far post where it struck the upright and bounced into the back of the net.
Hayley Huckin profited from another Bristow cross on the half-hour and then combined with Rose to set Salleh up on 40 minutes, before Rose then headed home a Bristow cross on 42 minutes as Spitfires went into the break 11-0 to the good.
The interval disrupted Spitfires’ momentum, but they had a helping hand from the home side as they conceded three penalties for Spitfires’ next three goals, Costello (47 mins), Beth Turner (53) and keeper Kellett (63) slotted spot-kicks home to extend the lead to 14.
Sparkes then saw a shot from distance creep in on 67 minutes, and two minutes late she finished a cross from Emma Blackwell at the second attempt.
Salleh netted the final two for Spitfires in the 84th and 87th minutes to make the final score 18-0.
Spitfires have been drawn away to Torquay United in the second qualifying round of the FA Women's Cup, with the game scheduled for Sunday October 6.
The club’s reserves lost 2-0 to last season’s Wiltshire County League champions FC Chippenham Youth on Sunday.
In a game of few chances, Spits managed to stay of level terms with their guests until the second half, despite Chippenham striking the crossbar, as Shona Hanlon impressed in the home side’s goal.
After the break, however, Chippenham were too strong for their hosts and two goals in the second 45 minutes secured victory for the visitors.
Next up for Spits is a trip to Highworth on Sunday.
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