Durham Women saw their Vitality Women’s FA Cup journey come to an end after defeat at Manchester United.
A strong Red Devils side were ruthless at Leigh Sports Village and goals from Vilde Boe Risa, Leah Galton, Hannah Blundell, Alessia Russio and Nikita Parris saw them progress.
As was perhaps to be expected, it was the hosts who had much of the early running – although they struggled to seriously test Naoisha McAloon.
Sarah Robson had to make one fine sliding interception to stop Boe Risa connecting while Grace Ayre made a stunning clearance to deny Galton.
Other than that, Durham dealt well with a string of set pieces and even fashioned a big chance of their own – Mollie Lambert breaking through before being denied by Mary Earps.
But with just three minutes before the break, United took the lead.
While the award of a free-kick 25 yards from goal may have been questioned, Boe Risa’s quality of strike was not as she bent an effort into the top corner leaving McAloon with no chance.
And a second would come not long after the restart as Galton sprung the offside trap before coolly finishing.
Durham did well to restrict real chances, although McAloon did have to tip an ambitious Hayley Ladd effort onto the woodwork.
Moments later though, a third would come as Blundell slotted home after finding some space in the box.
Susbtitute Russo would add a fourth on 78 minutes when she connected with a free-kick and sent it home, with United able to bring on a plethora of international players as the game wore on.
Durham came agonisingly close to a late goal through a substitute of their own, with Saoirse Noonan seeing a fine first-time effort coming back off the post.
And then down the other end, Parris bundled home from close range in the dying embers to seal United’s passage to the last eight.
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|February 26, 2023||12:00 pm||FA Cup||2022_2023||90'|