Lady Clarets move into last eight of Lancashire FA Challenge Cup

Jane Sexton scores Burnley's fifth goal at Skelmersdale
Jane Sexton scores Burnley's fifth goal at Skelmersdale

Burnley Ladies strode into the quarter finals of the Lancashire FA Women’s Challenge Cup with a 6-0 victory at Skelmersdale.

Five minutes into the game, teenage debutant Charlotte Coates’ superb pass set Jane Sexton free, but the left winger’s strike drifted wide.

The lady Clarets continued to press, and striker Kelly Dean left her marker floundering, only for her fierce drive to be well saved.

A flick from Dean sent Charlotte Hartley down the right flank and the winger’s shot crashed against the bar.

Burnley’s pressure finally paid off on the half-hour with three goals in the space of five minutes.

Dean again out-paced the Skelmersdale backline and unleashed an unstoppable drive into the roof of the net.

A smart pass from Hartleyu picked out Claire Collins inside the area and she beat the keeper from 12 yards.

Dean’s run and cross caused mayhem in the Skelmersdale defence, forcing the centre-back to put through her own goal to make it 3-0.

And it could have been even more before the break. Coates feigned to go left, before curling a right-foot shot from 18 yards just inches over. Coates then set Hartley free, only for the right winger to smash her shot against the bar for the second time.

At the other end, young keeper Jodie Mountain sprinted from her line and dived bravely at the striker’s feet.

Burnley continued to dominate in the second half and the fourth goal arrived on 65 minutes when Collins’ quick throw found the feet of Dean inside the area, who turned and struck a left foot shot into the corner of the net.

The Clarets made it five when Jo Rohman threaded a ball through to Sexton, who turned the defence before firing home from 12 yards.

Collins completed the scoring five minutes from the end when she netted her second, finishing off a flowing passing move.

On Sunday, Burnley return to league action at Crewe.