Women’s FA Cup: Durham Women 0-1 Chelsea Women

Women’s FA Cup: Durham Women 0-1 Chelsea Women

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Ji So-yun (right) took a touch and tucked in the opener in the 29th minute at New Ferens Park

Holders Chelsea reached the Women’s FA Cup semi-finals for a sixth consecutive season as Ji So-yun’s goal saw them narrowly win at part-time side Durham.

South Korea forward Ji turned the ball home at the far post after a deep, first-half cross from Erin Cuthbert.

The Championship side had earlier seen Lisa Robertson’s free-kick tipped on to the bar by England’s Carly Telford.

Chelsea went close to a second after the break but Ramona Bachmann and Scotland’s Cuthbert both hit the post.

Durham, who won away at top-flight opposition in Bristol City in the previous round, caused the European quarter-finalists problems and almost levelled dramatically in stoppage time, but Zoe Ness’ effort was cleared off the line.

The semi-professional outfit, who are fourth in the second tier with a squad including painters and bar staff, made the better start, but Robertson’s speculative free-kick hit the woodwork.

Chelsea are bidding to win the cup for a third time and defend the trophy they won with last year’s 3-1 win over Arsenal at Wembley.

Sunday’s other quarter-finals, including Aston Villa against West Ham United, an all-top-flight tie between Manchester City and Liverpool plus Manchester United’s trip to Reading, all got under way at 14:00 GMT.

The draw for the semi-finals will be held on Monday, live on BBC Breakfast on BBC One, shortly after 08:30 GMT.

Durham: Reid, Holmes (Gears 53), Robson, Robertson, Christon (Dixon 87), Wilson, Ness, Salicki, Roberts (Cottam 87), Hill, Hepple.

Subs not used: Borthwick, Knott.

Chelsea: Telford, Blundell (Bachmann 58), Bright, Carter, Ji, Riley, Kirby, England, Eriksson, Mjelde, Cuthbert (Engman 86).

Subs not used: Berger, Cooper, Andersson, Carney, Spence.

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March 17, 2019 at 07:21AM

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