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Kick off 14:00 (UK)

19 February 2023 Venue Runcorn Sports Club (WA7 4SD) Attendance

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

Runcorn Sports Women
0 - 5
Crewe Alexandra
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Women's Report | Runcorn Sports 0-5 Crewe Alex

23 February 2023

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  • Crewe score five to progress to the semi-finals
  • Defender Ragdale at the double
  • Heath became the Alex's youngest ever score
Crewe run wild in Runcorn to overcome Runcorn Sports in the quarter finals of the Cheshire County Cup with a 5-0 victory.
Head Coach, Matt Fisher named captain Loren Cooper and vice-captain Jess Sheridan on the bench along with Emilia Edwards as he made a number of changes to his squad.
Ella Pemberton was given her first start for the club after joining just over a week ago and Hannah Holloway wore the armband for the Reds.
Central defender Beth Ragdale helped herself to a brace, Amanda Fallon followed suit and Crewe Alexandra Women's youngest ever goalscorer Emma Heath notched her first goal for the club.
The Alex came flying out of the blocks and took the lead immediately from kick-off when Ragdale rose highest to head in Laura Garner's corner.
With neither side being able to retain possession, it was Crewe who were able to double their lead when Fallon beat the Runcorn right back and fired in a low cross for 16-year-old Heath to smash home and become the youngest scorer in Crewe Alexandra Women's history.
It was three before half-time as Ragdale replicated her first by heading home a Garner corner.
A terrific half from Fisher's side with no way back for the home side.
Unfortunately, for the Alex though, Ragdale limped off just after the break with a muscle injury and Cooper was on in her place.
With a three goal advantage, the Reds began to keep hold of possession looking to tire the hosts out. The right hand side of the pitch became their major attack threat with Gemma Brough linking up well with those in midfield.
This led to Fallon getting in on the action as her powerful right-footed effort flew past the Runcorn number one.
Heath came close to grabbing her second as she raced onto a through ball and looked to lob the onrushing keeper but she could only watch her effort land on the roof of the net.
Fallon was able to get her second of the afternoon as she tapped home from close-range with the final whistle about to be blown.
Fisher provided his thoughts on the Cheshire County Cup Quarter Final.
He said: "The girls got the job done. We did enough without being at our best. It seems like we've said that a lot recently and we haven't lost since early December but that is just the high standards we have set ourselves.
"We are over the moon to see Emma Heath score her first open age goal. She's a top talent and has worked incredibly hard on her game."

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