Saints seal second round berth

By SFC Media time Sun 10 Nov Womens Team
Photo by James Bridle

Southampton FC Women progressed to the second round of the FA Cup after a hard-fought 1-0 win over Chesham United on Sunday afternoon.

Ella Pusey scored the only goal of the game, but Sara Luce, in the Saints net, played an equally important role, thwarting the hosts on more than one occasion.

Chesham were too indebted to their stopper, after she denied captain Shannon Sievwright in the first half, before pulling off a string of saves in the second 45 minutes, as Saints pushed, unsuccessfully, for a second goal.

Sievwright herself could have sealed it 10 minutes from time, but for a last-ditch tackle from Chesham's centre-half, diverting the ball wide of the mark.

The game was far from the seven-goal thriller played out between these sides back in August, which Saints dominated, scoring five to Chesham's two.

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Ella Pusey netted the deciding goal

The deciding goal, scored by Pusey on this occasion, was the only moment of genuine quality in the game, as the striker rounded the keeper and slotted home in the 11th minute.

Saints probed for the remaining 80 minutes, but on a heavy pitch, weren't able to find their usual passing rhythm, despite keeping Lucia Delves between the Chesham sticks relatively busy.

Teenage sensation Ella Morris was one of the visitors' brighter sparks down the right wing, providing plenty of support in the final third, but ultimately no breakthrough.

Saints, nevertheless, will be pleased to have secured a place in the draw for the second round, matching last year's FA Cup run - where Saints were eventually defeated by third-tier MK Dons.

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