Coventry United have eased their way into the fifth round of this season’s Women’s FA Cup after beating Southampton 4-1 at St Mary’s Stadium in their fourth round tie this afternoon.
While the home side were eventually beaten easily, The Saints kept the scores level for over 50 minutes in-front of a huge crowd of 4,510, the best attendance of the weekend in the competition.
A goalless first half saw the home side go closest to breaking the deadlock with forward Ella Pusey threatening the Coventry United goal on a couple of occasions.
The FA Women’s Championship side were more confident after the break and Shannon O’Brien netted the opening goal with a superb effort.
It was soon 2-0 to Coventry United when Fiona Worts found space in the box to score and the same player notched the game’s third goal with 25 minutes remaining when she drilled the ball into the far corner of the Southampton net.
The former Leicester City forward completed her hat-trick late on with a similar effort to her second goal before opponents Southampton rewarded the huge crowd who came out to support them on their big day when Rachel Panting grabbed a consolation goal at the death.
Coventry United’s attentions will now turn back to their battle for survival as they look ahead to next weekend’s trip to the London City Lionesses in the FA Women’s Championship.