Cammell Laird Ladies 2-2 Penrith AFC Ladies (3-3AET, Penrith win 1-3 on penalties).
Penrith eventually progressed in the League Cup but did it the hard way. On 3 separate occasions Penrith came from behind to eventually take the tie to penalties. Then it was Penrith whjo held their nerve in the shoot out to book their place in the Quarter finals.
On a challenging playing surface Penrith made the worst possible start conceding after only 20 seconds. After this Penrith gradually worked their way back into the
ball and lifted the ball over the advancing keeper.
In the early stages of the 2nd half Penrith had their best period of the game and pinned Cammell Laird into their own half. Despite this pressure it was Cammel Laird who once again took the lead when a cross shot deflected past Michelle Jones in the Penrith goal.
Penrith again pushed for the equaliser and were rewarded in the 76th when Livvy Johnston’s cross was inadvertently turned into her own goal by a Cammell Laird defender.
The remaining minutes of normal time saw the game really open up as both teams sought the winner.
Early into the first period of Extra Time Cammell Laird again took the lead. Again, for the 3rd time, Penrith hit back to equalise when Gaulton raced beyond the defence and rounded the keeper to slot the ball into an empty net.
With tiring limbs neither team could find the elusive winner in the remain minutes of Extra Time.
In the penalty shoot out both teams scored their opening penalties but then it was all Penrith . Cammell Laird failed to score their next 3 penalties. One was missed while Michelle Jones fantastically saved 2 more, Meanwhile Lily Gaulton and Heather Fawkes converted their penalties and with Sharina Robinson’s opener that was enough to see Penrith through.
Penrith now face a daunting trip to FC United Ladies in the Quarter Final. The ambitious Manchester club have won the League Cup for the past 2 seasons. (Tie to be played on 10th March 2019).
Penrith: Jones, Johnston, Alderson, Han Fawkes, McCormick(C.Smith), Hea Fawkes, Gaulton, Campbell, Robinson, Hopton, Buchanan
Penrith AFC Development 0 – 4 Haslingden Ladies
Title favourites Haslingen proved too powerful for Penrith’s young Development team on the day. A fair, physical battle was a great advert for Lancashire league football. Haslinden lead 0-3 at half time and extended their lead in the 2nd half.
Penrith Development : Chambers(K.Jackson), I. Savage, B.Jackson, D.Savage(Veitch), Falder, Glendinning, Norwood, Scott, (Greenway), English, Campbell-Flynn, (Mehmet), MacFadzean.