Lincoln Ladies through to Continental Cup final after dramatic penalty shoot-out
Lincoln Ladies have reached the final of the Continental Cup for the first time after holding their nerve in a dramatic penalty shoot-out.
Lincoln, who have lost at the semi-final stage for the past two seasons, made it third time lucky away against Liverpool.
But they were off to the worst possible start when Tasha Dowie drilled a shot past Karen Bardsley after just 26 seconds of the game.
However, Rick Passmoor’s side recovered from the setback, with new signings Aileen Whelan and Courtney Sweetman-Kirk combining with the latter providing a neat finish to level the scores four minutes into the second half.
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Liverpool were repeatedly denied by Karen Bardsley in the Lincoln goal who made smart stops from Dowie and Williams as the game went into extra time.
With no further goals added in the extra 30 minutes, the two teams headed for a penalty shoot-out.
Lincoln's England keeper Bardsley made two superb saves to leave Carla Cantrell with the responsibility of taking Lincoln's final penalty.
The striker showed no sign of nerves to score and put Lincoln’s place in the Continental Cup Final for the first time.
Lincoln will face either Arsenal or Everton, who are set to meet in the second semi-final, in October's showpiece.