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Womens Team

Chester FC 3-3 Tranmere Rovers (3-4 Penalties)

12 February 2023

Womens Team

Chester FC 3-3 Tranmere Rovers (3-4 Penalties)

12 February 2023

A win on penalties against Chester FC saw Rovers through to the next round of the Argyle Sports Kit Plate.

A first half hat trick from Ellie Doyle gave Tranmere a strong lead going into the break but Chester came out of the blocks in the second half and managed to bring the score line level meaning the cup tie had to be decided by penalties.

It was a great start from the girls as Ellie Doyle opened the scoring after just two minutes when she found the ball at her feet from 20 yards and her strike flew past the keeper to give Rovers the lead.

Moments later it was Doyle again who noticed the keeper off her line and struck the ball from out wide and it looped over the keeper and into the back of the net to double the lead.

Not taking their foot off the gas, Rovers continued to press and created a string of chances and playing some lovely football.

However, it was the home side who got the next goal after winning a free kick from 40 yards out. Locke stepped up and with a thunderbolt of a strike it went past Maddock.

Not to be defeated by the goal, Rovers pressed on and Ellie Doyle is brought down right on the corner of the box with some arguing it was inside but a free kick was awarded.

Doyle curled the ball over the wall and into the back of the net to get Tranmere’s and her third of the game.

Despite dominating the first half, the home side came out on top in the second half with goals from Wood and Gray to bring Chester back level.

Rovers battled hard to get a winner but it was penalties that were set to decide who was going to progress to the next round.

Goals from Laura Pennington, Katie Bowers Folan, Lindsey Smith and Ellie Doyle and two fantastic saves from Katy Maddock meant Tranmere were through winning 4-3 and will face Wythenshaw Amateurs Women at home on Sunday 26th February. 

Next up for Tranmere Rovers Women is Wirral Phoenix at Vauxhall Motors FC, 3.30pm as they look to retain the Cheshire Senior Cup for another season.

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