Durham Women sealed their passage into the Fourth Round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup with a hard-fought victory at Peterborough United.
Rio Hardy’s stunning second half strike was enough for the visitors against their disciplined and resilient hosts.
In their first game of 2023, Durham started brightly and looked to dictate the play early on – with Georgia Robert warming the palms of opposition stopper Neave Corry with an early drive from range.
Beth Hepple then turned Jess Clarke’s low centre narrowly wide with Mollie Lambert then sending a rasping effort over after a Hepple free-kick wasn’t fully cleared.
As chances continued to come, Hardy was denied by more fine goalkeeping from Corry as she looked to divert home Clarke’s deflected strike.
Dee Bradley and Lily Crosthwaite both had sights of goal before the break, but Peterborough’s determined display kept clear-cut chances to a minimum.
And that was much the case after the break too, although Hepple did see a powerful free-kick repelled by the home ‘keeper early on.
Corry then had to claw a Hardy effort off the line after fumbling – but the striker wouldn’t be denied for long.
After finding space 30 yards from goal, Hardy unleashed a superb strike which flew into the roof of the net to hand Durham a deserved lead.
Only last-ditch defending from Evie Driscoll-King then denied Hardy a second shortly after, before Hepple sent a trademark free-kick brushing past the near post.
It continued to be all Durham as the game entered its dying stages, but Peterborough continued to frustrate and limit their visitors with some resolute defensive work.
Lauren Briggs’ return from injury was a welcome boost late in the game, while Saoirse Noonan and Robert both came close to adding spectacular seconds late on.
But one goal was enough for the Wildcats – who will now face Crystal Palace in the Fourth Round.


Peterborough W vs Durham W

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Date Time League Season Full Time
January 8, 2023 1:00 pm FA Cup 2022_2023 90'


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Peterborough W000Loss
Durham W011Win

Durham W

1Naoisha McAloon Goalkeeper
2Georgia Robert Defender
3Lauren Briggs 15 Midfielder
4Mollie Lambert 17 Midfielder
5Sarah Wilson 6 Defender
6Sarah Robson 5 Midfielder
7Beth Hepple Midfielder 69'
10Rio Hardy Forward 58'
11Bridget Galloway 12 Forward
12Lily Crosthwaite 11 Forward 35'
14Becky Salicki Defender
15Dee Bradley 3 Defender
16Ellie Christon Defender
17Hannah Greenwood 4 Defender
18Grace Ayre Defender
20Saoirse Noonan 23 Forward
23Jess Clarke 20 Midfielder