Bell’s Bullet Sends Boro Into Round Three

Middlesbrough 3-1 Hull City

By Graham Falk

Above: Millie Bell celebrates her stunning strike to give Middlesbrough the lead yesterday. Photo: @BoroWomen

A 35-yard Millie Bell strike capped off a superb return to action for Middlesbrough Women as they beat Hull City 3-1 in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup Second Round.

An early strike from Katie Thompson (20) was cancelled out by Faye Dale (39), Millie Bell (81) and Eve Marshall (88) as the Teesiders ran out clear winners.

Going into the game, Middlesbrough manager Steph Fairless handed Katrena Morrison her first senior start and also selected Emily Marsh, Faye Dale and Savanna Robson in the starting line-up.

In a typically cagey start, Katie Thompson’s over hit free kick almost looped into the Boro top corner, before the Hull winger made no mistake only a minute later, tapping home after Rosie Todd had saved her first effort.

Hull almost went further ahead on 34 when Emily Smith seized on a slack pass, but she fired over from 10 yards out.

It was Faye Dale who would punish Hull moments later as she latched on Katie Wilson’s superb through ball and rounded ‘keeper Abi Wallace to net her first senior goal for the club.

Above: Faye Dale, scorer of Middlesbrough’s opening goal. Photo: @BoroWomen

If the first half was an even affair, then the second half belonged to Boro. Wing-back Millie Bell going close twice from long range, including a free kick which pinged off the base of the post. It was third time lucky for Bell, however, as she blasted home a 35-yard rocket nine minutes from time to fire Boro into the lead, minutes after a Tigress counter attack saw the pacey Smith hit the outside of the post.

Super sub Eve Marshall would seal it at the death, feeding off Rebecca Olley’s pin point ball to cut inside and fire beyond Wallace in the City net. The win extends Middlesbrough’s season for at least another week, as the team welcome Wem Town to Bedford Terrace in round three next week.

Teams: MIDDLESBROUGH: Todd, Wilson, Marsh, Morrison, Robson, Cassidy, Bell, McQuade, Dixon, Dale, Olley. Substitutes: Newton, Marshall, Hebb, Maxwell, Boyle.

Scorers: Dale 39, Bell 81, Marshall 88.

HULL CITY: Wallace, Pedersen, Jackman, Symington, Pegrum, Tanser, Martin, Bott, Thompson, Smith, Acroyd. Substitutes: Cooke, Oxley, Brannigan, Walby, Westmorland, Padget.

Scorer: Thompson 20.

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