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Participant rankings as Crimson Devils advance to Girls’s FA Cup semi-finals

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Manchester United reached the semi-finals of the Girls’s FA Cup for the primary time after beating Lewes 3-1 at The Dripping Pan.

The WSL title hopefuls weren’t at their greatest on the south coast however managed to squeeze their method into the following spherical in opposition to the resilient Rooks of the Girls’s Championship.

Lewes went ever so near taking a shock lead with simply six minutes on the clock. A low cross from Nat Johnson fell to Kirsty Barton within the six yard field, however Maria Thorisdottir managed to make a superb restoration problem to disclaim what would have been a sure aim.

And the hosts have been punished within the following second as United took the lead. Ona Batlle put in a cross from deep as she made her method down the proper, with Alessia Russo’s deft flick deflecting off of Rhian Cleverly and rolling previous Sophie Whitehouse on the close to publish.

Regardless of that aim, United nonetheless seemed void of confidence and creativity. Russo seemed to double the lead with an audacious strike from distance, although this time Whitehouse was equal to her effort.

Marc Skinner introduced on Ella Toone at half-time to carry recent impetus into his facet’s efficiency, and so they instantly threatened so as to add to their lead after the restart. Batlle’s bouncing ball by the field was half-volleyed in direction of aim by Martha Thomas, with Whitehouse getting down low to disclaim her.

Toone was the following supplier for Thomas – who was much more concerned after switching to the left flank – however once more Whitehouse was equal to her close-range effort.

Simply after the hour mark, United have been infuriated that they didn’t obtain a penalty for a handball in opposition to Cleverly, who appeared to dam the ball from heading in direction of aim together with her arm.

The guests doubled their benefit quickly after, nonetheless. One other sensible cross from Batlle was headed into the highest nook by Vilde Boe Rise to silence the house crowd.

However these supporters have been on their ft once more when Emily Kraft pulled one again with below 20 minutes left to play. Mary Earps was caught in possession by Ellie Mason, and her strike companion discovered the highest nook with an beautiful strike from the sting of the field.

United sought to revive their two-goal cushion with Russo releasing Batlle into the 18-yard field, however Whitehouse was fast off her line to dam her shot.

Nikita Parris fired broad from level clean vary on the counter in the previous few minutes of regulation time, earlier than taking issues into her personal palms and dribbling all the best way inside from the left flank and firing below Whitehouse to safe United’s passage to the semi-finals.

GK: Sophie Whitehouse (6); CB: Grace Palmer (6), CB: Charlotte Wardlaw (5), CB: Rhian Cleverly (4); RM: Rebecca McKenna (6), CM: Amber-Keegan Stobbs (6), CM: Amelia Hazard (6), CM: Kirsty Barton (5), LM: Nat Johnson (6); CF: Emily Kraft (7), CF: Ellie Mason (6)

SUBS: Paula Howells (N/A), Kenzie Weir (N/A), Aqsa Mushtaq (N/A)

GK: Mary Earps – 4/10 – Had little or no to do, however was at fault for Lewes’ aim.

RB: Ona Batlle – 8/10 – Regularly galloped down the proper wing to Lewes’ detriment.

CB: Maya Le Tissier – 6/10 – Barely examined for a lot of the day.

CB: Millie Turner – 6/10 – Ditto. Le Tissier and Turner have been each assured of themselves, regardless of conceding.

LB: Maria Thorisdottir – 7/10 – Supplied nice width in the same method to Batlle.

CM: Vilde Boe Risa – 7/10 – Initially discovered it onerous to face out in a gritty midfield battle, earlier than ghosting ahead and placing United two up.

CM: Katie Zelem – 6/10 – Slightly wasteful together with her passing however introduced nice vitality.

RM: Martha Thomas – 7/10 – Much more threatening after being switched to the left wing.

AM: Lisa Naalsund – 5/10 – Hauled off halfway by the primary half of her debut with a hamstring damage.

LM: Lucia Garcia – 5/10 – Discovered it onerous to get the higher of McKenna. Hooked on the break.

CF: Alessia Russo – 8/10 – Put herself about and led the road with nice vitality, regardless of United’s struggles to progress the ball into harmful areas at occasions.


Hayley Ladd (27′ for Naalsund) – 6/10 – Introduced nice chew and endeavour following her introduction.

Ella Toone (46′ for Garcia) – 7/10

Aoife Mannion (64′ for Thorisdottir) – 6/10

Nikita Parris (64′ for Thomas) – 7/10

Rachel Williams (86′ for Russo) – N/A


Marc Skinner – 6/10 – United have been hardly inspiring however they received the job carried out.

Participant of the match – Ona Batlle (Manchester United)

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