West Ham United are into the semi-finals of this season’s FA Women’s Continental League Cup after defeating second tier side Durham 3-0 at The Chigwell Construction Stadium this evening.
Tonight’s victory was new Hammers boss Olli Harder’s first since he joined the East London club last month.
West Ham United took the lead in the 40th minute when Durham failed to deal with a corner kick and Emily van Egmond controlled the ball well before hooking it over her shoulder on the volley into the net. It was a timely goal for The Hammers as Durham were very much in the ascendency, having produced the game’s two best efforts just moments prior.
The hosts’ one goal lead soon became two when a powerful driving run down the left from Adriana Leon opened things up and she was able to pick out Katerina Svitkova who slotted the ball in from close range.
West Ham United were much the better side in the second period but Durham kept themselves in it thanks to a series of fine saves from goalkeeper Hannah Reid.
The Hammers’ pressure did eventually tell when Van Egmond won a header in the Durham box and Hawa Cissoko flicked in to make it 3-0. That was how the game finished with West Ham United advancing to the semi-finals where they will face reigning FA Women’s Continental League Cup champions Chelsea.
Durham must now focus their attention on the league and their promotion push with FA Women’s Championship strugglers London Bees up next at Maiden Castle on Sunday. They sit just three points behind league leaders Leicester City so there is still a chance that they could pip The Foxes to top spot. As for West Ham United, they travel to Arsenal for their latest Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture on Sunday.