Rivals for league win shoot-out

Vicky Coope scores for Chorley Ladies. Pics by Ken Chapman
Vicky Coope scores for Chorley Ladies. Pics by Ken Chapman
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CHORLEY suffered heartache as they lost out in the league cup to one of their biggest rivals for promotion from the North West Women’s League.

With only 11 players available, the trip was a big ask against a young and effective Blackpool side.

Blackpool opened the scoring with a deft lob that sailed in over Chorley goalkeeper, Nicola Freeman.

Although Blackpool had most of the play Chorley were determined to equalise early and it was Danni Toward who found the back of the net, as she confidently placed the ball out of the keeper’s reach.

Chorley gained confidence with this goal and 20 minutes later they pulled ahead.

Natalie Parry’s free-kick was headed back across the box by Kerri Horne to find Vicky Coope waiting to slot the ball home.

There was only five minutes left before half-time, and Toward instructed the defence to stay tight.

With only seconds before the whistle, a sequence of poor clearances saw the Blackpool striker back-heel the ball home.

The second half was a battle and both teams exchanged attacks with no result.

Players were beginning to tire and Chorley relied on Clare Smith and Ali O’Donnell at the heart of the defence to keep the goals out.

The game went to extra-time and both teams squandered chances to seal the tie.

Penalties were inevitable and unfortunately Toward and Horne had their attempts saved which sent Blackpool through to the next round.

n Chorley return to league action on Sunday when they are away at Burnley.