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Reds Ladies bow out of league cup in gallant fashion

Jessica Reynolds vs Altrincham

All the nerves and excitement of the Argyle Sports Cup came to Workington as Borough Park welcomed Altrincham FC Ladies.

The second round tie took place on January, Sunday 13 with Workington Reds Ladies on a four match unbeaten run in all competitions.

While Altrincham FC Ladies are currently second on goal difference in Division One South.

The visitors started quickly advancing on the Reds defence with menace and purpose in the opening exchanges, showing no signs of the difficult journey to West Cumbria after arriving late due to a breakdown on the motorway.

It was the visitors who got the first goal as midfielder Chloe Henderson was caught in possession just outside of the area, with the Altrincham attacker Megan Rowley clinically placing the ball past a diving Laura Miller.

The Reds started to come into the game and were soon back on level terms as Jessica Reynolds latched onto a through ball before lifting it over the onrushing keeper.

The Reds then took the lead after a short goal kick from Altrincham was passed back to the keeper with Hayley Bracken in pursuit.

As the keeper came sliding out she appeared to handle the ball resulting in a free kick inside the penalty box.

Henderson rolled the ball into the path of Linzi Donaldson to fire into the corner past a statuesque keeper.

Altrincham had more of the possession applying pressure to the Reds defence, while the Reds looked to break quickly with Bracken and Reynolds non-stop running up front.

The Reds held out going in 2-1 at half time.

It was more of the same in the second half as Altrincham looked for an equaliser and the Reds looking dangerous on the break.

After some stalwart defending from the Reds with Miller pulling off save after save when needed, the defence was eventually breached when a ball down the wing was then played into Laura Kelly to finally score the Altrincham equaliser.

Both side then went all out for the winner with the final quarter being played at a frantic end to end pace, as Reynolds, Bracken and Megan Hay all went close for the Reds.

It was 2-2 at full time and the lottery of penalties would separate the teams with Altrincham winning 4-5.