Easy derby day win earns place in the next round

Kerry Bergin scores for Chorley Ladies
Kerry Bergin scores for Chorley Ladies
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Chorley travelled the short distance up the M6 to face Preston in the Lancashire Cup – and returned with a thumping 5-1 victory and a place in the next round.

Chorley had numerous first-team players missing through injury but their strength and depth showed in a superior performance.

The visitors opened the game with high pressure from back to front and were soon rewarded with a goal when a deflected Natalie Parry shot left the keeper wrong-footed.

Preston almost immediately replied with an equaliser from a low-hit shot.

But this just provoked a strong response from Chorley, who soon went up through the gears.

A corner from Vicky Coope found Kerry Bergin who powerfully headed home to put Chorley in the lead.

And this was followed by Coope and Parry linking up on the edge of the box, before the latter blasted home a long-range effort into the top


But Chorley were not content with their performance and took control further in the second half.

Gabriella Difalco and Katherine Bonner took hold of the game in the middle of the pitch and Saskia Bowes was dominant at the back.

The fourth goal came when Coope slotted home from a Kerry Waering cross.

And Chorley’s final goal was netted by Ruth Harrison, who clinically finished past the deflated Preston keeper.