Leeds United Women suffer at the hands of Barnsley yet again in the FA Cup

LEEDS UNITED WOMEN crashed out of the Women’s FA Cup to Barnsley for the second successive season, losing 4-1 at Oakwell Academy in the third qualifying round today.

Sunday, 1st November 2020, 5:35 pm
Laura Bartup netted Leeds United Women's goal in their 4-1 FA Cup defeat at Barnsley. Picture: Steve Riding.

The hosts took the lead after just 10 seconds when Kat Smith beat Kirsty Johnson in the Leeds goal from 20 yards. United looked to hit back through Molly Harvard who steered a free-kick just wide but Lindsay Tugby doubled the Barnsley lead firing from 12 yards.

Leeds got back into the game when Laura Bartup latched on to a Holly Findlay cross to fire into the net via the post to make it 2-1.

And the visitors nearly levelled the match when Harvard’s free-kick was tipped just over and Alice Hughes went close with a well struck shot.

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After the half-time break Barnsley looked to extend their lead when Foyle floated a free-kick just wide, while Leeds had chances of their own as Molly Havard tried her luck from range and Bartup had a strike which went over the bar.

The hosts then put the tie beyond doubt with two late goals. Firstly, Darcy Greene prodded home following a scramble in the Leeds area and then Courteney Csomor smashed in a drive from the right of the area to make it 4-1.

Meanwhile, late extra-time goals from Georgia Stanway and Janine Beckie settled a superb Women’s FA Cup final as Manchester City eventually overcame Everton 3-1 at Wembley to lift the trophy for the third time.

Substitute Stanway latched on to Jess Park’s clever through ball and slotted in off the post, when a penalty shootout had been looming, and Beckie then netted an even later third goal.

Sam Mewis had nodded City in front from Alex Greenwood’s corner shortly before half-time, but France’s Valerie Gauvin headed level from Izzy Christiansen’s second-half corner as Everton fought back.