FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round
Norton started the second half strong and a change in formation saw McSorley switch roles moving from out wide to the middle of the park.
Within minutes of the change, McSorley gained possession in the middle and sent Nyci Thorns clear; like the first half she rounded the 'keeper but this time her touch took her wide and the chance went begging. Norton were well on top now and the midfield three of Burton, Corrie and McSorley were dominating the play and creating chances for the front three of White, Mawston and Thorns.
The deadlock was finally broken just before the hour mark when Anna Mawston played a short pass to the feet of Kate McSorley who beat two players before smashing the ball into the bottom corner. Norton began to relax in possession and knocked the ball around well but Shields still worked hard as at 1-0 they were still in the game. Norton could have and should have extended the lead when Anna Mawston broke into the penalty area and was fouled by a Shields defender. Mawston picked herself up to take the spot kick but she fired the ball high over the crossbar.
Norton did eventually get a well deserved second goal when Anna Mawston broke clear and fired a low shot from 25 yards that was well saved by the Shields keeper but the ball came loose and Nyci Thorns slid the ball home to make it 2-0.
Shields nearly pulled a goal back when a short back pass from Wilkinson put the Shields forward through but Chisnall helped her teammate out by winning the fifty-fifty challenge.
Norton put the tie to bed on the 82nd minute when Thorns was fouled on the edge of the penalty area and from the resulting free-kick, Courtney Corrie found the bottom corner.
Norton had further chances with Mawston and Whittle bringing saves out of the Shields keeper and Burton putting a free kick just wide from 25 yards but the score remained 3-0 and Norton find themselves in the hat for the 1st round proper tomorrow afternoon.
Overall Norton deserved the victory and were pleased with their second clean sheet in as many games.