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Durham 0-4 United Women - report

21 November 2019

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Sheffield United Women recorded a superb 4-0 victory at Continental Cup Group A leaders Durham to jump ahead of their rivals with just one game to go to decide who makes the quarter-finals.

A first United goal for teenager Keri Matthews opened the scoring before Aimee Palmer added a second with a superb free-kick before half-time.

Jade Pennock continued her form with another goal just after the hour mark before substitute Maddy Cusack rounded things off with a stunning volley just two minutes from time.

United asserted their authority on the game early doors when Pennock headed Veatriki Sarri's cross onto the crossbar inside a minute.

Sarri fired over shortly after before Durham had a brief hold on the game but couldn't make the most of their pressure before the Blades took the lead.

Alethea Paul's driving through ball found Matthews who promptly ran through and slotted home her first goal for the club.

Less than 10 minutes later and Palmer made it 2-0. A free-kick for a foul on Pennock outside the box gave Palmer the opportunity to step up and curl home an unstoppable effort past Megan Borthwick.

From then on the Blades rarely relinquished control on the match and added a third to practically secure the three points with 25 minutes to go.

Cusack had only been on the pitch two minutes when she recreated her link up with Pennock from Sunday's win at Lewes, slotting the ball through the Durham defence for Pennock to make it 16 goals in 15 games.

Cusack got on the score sheet herself late on in superb fashion. A ball dropped to the midfielder outside the box and Cusack promptly hammered a first time volley into the net to put the icing on the cake and leave Blades top of Group A.

Blades: Batty, Barker, Tierney, Little (Fergusson 69), Hartley, Pennock, Paul, Dixon, Matthews (Cusack 62), Palmer, Sarri (Wilkinson 56).
Unused subs: Flaherty, Lipka, Fletcher.

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