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Stirling University Reach British Championship Semi-Final After Resilient Win Over Chichester

Stirling reached the British Championship Semi-Final after producing a resilient performance against Chichester whilst dealing with a 1,000 mile round trip.

Kim Guthrie opened the scoring for Stirling in the 13th minute after picking herself up from a heavy challenge in the box, to fire the ball low past the goalkeeper.

However, Chichester would equalise seven minutes later after the referee awarded a penalty for a late challenge in the box and their striker slotted into the corner.

But Stirling responded quickly on the 24th minute with a quick counter-attack as Orla King drove forward and passed to Kim Guthrie who turned provider as she picked out Rachel Donaldson at the back post who volleyed in for her 7th of the season.

In the second half, Stirling strived to score a third but struggled to get on the end of crossing opportunities. After flying down to London at 06:00, Stirling’s heavy legs became evident and Chichester sought an equaliser with plenty of territory but failed to threaten Chloe Logan in goals who was making her 50th appearance.

Stirling hung on and secured a place in the Semi-Final in their first season competing at this level having gained promotion from the Scottish top tier.

Stirling has been awarded with an away trip to last year’s Champions Durham as they overcame Leeds Beckett in their Quarter-Final, a difficult challenge as many of Durham’s players competes in the FA WSL 2.

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