Keighley Oaks move into last four

Keighley Oaks 5 Brighouse Ladies 1
Hannah Spencer earned the match point as Oaks advanced to the semi-finals of the West Riding County Women’s League Cup.
Goals were shared by Nicole Turner, Jodie Elliot, Rebecca Grainger, Fatima Khatun and Emily Throup.
Keighley got off to a flying start against last year’s cup finalists with a superb long-range strike from left winger Nicole Turner with just three minutes on the clock.
Brighouse looked dangerous on the break but defenders Sophie Gaines, Hannah Spencer, Mollie McMahon and Amy Phelen stood their ground well, clearing any dangerous balls.
Right winger Kirsty Delaney nearly increased Keighley’s lead when she broke through Brighouse’s defence, using some clever footwork, only to see her shot fly over the bar.
Brighouse hit back with a high ball across the 18-yard box. A mistake in defence gave Brighouse a shot at goal and, although goalkeeper Kelly Jordan dived to try to make the save, the ball trickled over the line off the near post.
Keighley had chance after chance go begging with shots from Rebecca Granger, Melissa Houldsworth and Fatima Khatun.
Brighouse stepped up a gear but so did Keighley, matching the visitors’ every move.
Keighley shook Brighouse five minutes after the break with an astonishing 35-yard well placed lob from captain Granger.
Brighouse fought back with some heavy tackling but Keighley looked the stronger and hit Brighouse again when a superb pass from Houldsworth found Khatun and she fired her shot into the back of the net to make it 3-1.
Brighouse were rattled but still in the game and broke through on several occasions but good defending stopped any hopes of a way back.
Keighley made a change, wanting fresh legs on the park (off left winger Turner, on left winger Emily Throup).
Within minutes Throup was on the score sheet with an excellent 30-yard lob over the keeper.
Keighley pressed Brighouse and, winning the midfield battle, hit Brighouse again with Jodie Elliott’s 20-yard drive going in off a post .
Keighley made another change (off right winger Delaney, on right winger Emma Firth).
Keighley kept up the pressure but Brighouse still looking dangerous on the break wanting to make amends and reduce the gap.
More changes for Keighley (off Elliott, on Kylie Croft. Khatun dropping into midfield) with Croft using her fresh legs up front to pressure Brighouse’s back line and looking for her first goal.
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