History made for St Albans Ladies with thumping win in Women’s FA Cup

St Albans Ladies line-up prior to the historic first Women's FA Cup match.

St Albans Ladies line-up prior to the historic first Women's FA Cup match. - Credit: Archant

St Albans Ladies’ historic first Women’s FA Cup game ended with a memorable 5-0 win over Hartham United, writes Terry Edwards.

Played at the County Ground in Letchworth, the Lady Saints made most of the early running and had a 1-0 lead by half-time.

That came on 14 minutes courtesy of a goal by Ellie Lovelock, pouncing after Gabby Evans had pushed out a Holly Williams effort.

They had the ball in the net a second time only for it to be ruled out for offside but they still needed a couple of superb saves from Lauren Croucher to preserve their lead.

However, it all changed in the second half.

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Lovelock found Sophie Hull immediately after the restart and Kayla Johnson made it three on 65 minutes with a shot in off the underside of the crossbar.

It was 4-0 five minutes later, Lovelock getting her second with a free-kick, and the rout was finished by Hull with a low shot.

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St Albans will now play away to Histon in the first qualifying round.

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