A keenly contested local derby was as close as the scoreline suggests.
Penrith’s match day squad included 5 U18’s and youngster Georgia Campbell had a significant impact on the outcome of the game scoring one goal and providing the assist for the other.
Carlisle had the upperhand in the early territorial battle with much of the play taking part on the Penrith half of the pitch. Penrith stuck to their game plan and were happy to soak up the Carlisle pressure and rely upon swift counter attacks. This paid dividends in the 13th minute when Georgia Campbell’s pace took her clear on the right wing. Her cross found Nat Broad who nipped in front of her defender and swept the ball home.
Penrith continued to defend with discipline and limited Carlisle to long range efforts.
Into the 2nd half the game continued in the same pattern. Carlisle pushed to get back into the game but it was Penrith who extended their lead in the 51st minute when youngster Campbell again broke clear on the right and squeezed the ball in at the top corner.
As the 2nd half progressed Carlisle began to throw more players into attacking positions. They created several good chances however Penrith keeper Michelle Jones was in outstanding form and pulled of a string of fine saves.
Carlisle attacking intentions left them open at the back and Penrith really should have extended their lead but failed to take full advantage of several overload attacks.
This Sunday Penrith travel to face Burscough Ladies.
Penrith: Jones, J.Williams, Nelson, C.Smith, McCormick, Fawkes(Johnston), Campbell, Alderson(Glendinning), Broad, Hopton, S.Smith.