Cup glory for the ladies

Monday 6 May 2002

Two spectacular goals from England stars Katie Chapman and Rachel Yankey made certain Fulham's FA Cup victory over Doncaster Belles.

The impressive Yankey opened the scoring with a precision free-kick that gave Belles' goalkeeper Leanne Hall no chance. Speaking after the match, Yankey was typically modest of her opening goal.

"I don't know how I hit it really. I've been doing them in training and I've been hitting them over the bar and everywhere but in the goal. That one's gone in, that's just the luck of it."

Fulham's second goal came from a superbly struck Katie Chapman effort. As she has done on many occasions this season, Chapman managed to balance her defensive duties with her attacking role and came up with the goods.

Assistant Manager Sturla Voll was also delighted with the win but was under no impressions that the match was a one-way encounter.

"We didn't play in the first half. In the second half we started playing from the full backs, getting the ball to the midfield and passing it on the floor. We expected a close game. They play in the Premier League and get a good game every week. We're always winning so when he have to defend it's difficult, we just train to attack."

Doncaster's main threat came from yet another England player, Karen Walker. Despite ending up on the losing side, the England skipper was gracious in defeat:

"We were beaten by a better team - the quality showed. We matched them for fitness; there's been a lot of talk about them being professional and us not. But the fitness wasn't the difference, the quality was.

"We battled and got ourselves back into it but it was two very good goals from them and you can't complain."