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.


Durham W vs Coventry Utd W

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Date Time League Season Full Time
February 26, 2023 12:00 pm FA Cup 2022_2023 90'


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Manchester Utd W145Win
Durham W000Loss

Durham W

1Naoisha McAloon Goalkeeper
2Georgia Robert 14 Defender
3Lauren Briggs 15 Midfielder
4Mollie Lambert Midfielder
5Sarah Wilson Defender
6Sarah Robson Midfielder 77'
7Beth Hepple Midfielder
8Maria Farrugia 23 Forward
11Bridget Galloway 20 Forward
12Lily Crosthwaite 16 Forward
14Becky Salicki 2 Defender
15Dee Bradley 3 Defender
16Ellie Christon 12 Defender
18Grace Ayre Defender
20Saoirse Noonan 11 Forward
23Jess Clarke 8 Midfielder
30Tatiana Saunders Goalkeeper