London City Lionesses booked their place in the fifth round of the Adobe Women’s FA Cup with a hard-fought win over Moneyfields at Princes Park on Sunday [14 January].
Ruesha Littlejohn broke the deadlock with a low strike on the cusp of half-time, before Grace Neville, Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah, and Danielle Carter added the finishing touches to the Pride’s 4-0 win.
Hermione Cull also enjoyed an afternoon to remember, maintaining her unbeaten record in senior football and recording a third clean sheet in succession.
“I am pleased because of our performance in the second half,” said head coach Carolina Morace. “While we made some mistakes, we played good football and scored goals in important moments. Moneyfields put everything on the field and were very compact. They made life difficult for us, but we deserved this win.”
Republic of Ireland international Littlejohn struck Moneyfields with a hammer blow moments before the break, bending a low shot beyond the reach of Rose Kite and into the bottom corner.
The Pride built further momentum after the interval, with Neville scoring from close range in the 55th minute.
Boye-Hlorkah turned on the style four minutes later, cutting inside from the left flank and arcing the ball into the top corner to the delight of the home crowd.
Carter added a final flurry in the 69th minute, bundling the ball over the line following a successful corner-kick routine.
The Pride return to Princes Park next Sunday [21 January] for the visit of Crystal Palace, with the fifth round draw of the Women’s FA Cup set to be held at 7:30pm on Monday [15 January] live on BBC Radio 5Live.