Newcastle United Women 5 Stoke City Women 0
Newcastle United Women cruised past Stoke City Women and into the fourth round of the Adobe Women's FA Cup on Sunday, defeating the Potters 5-0 at Gateshead International Stadium.
Bridget Galloway and Anna Soulsby's braces sandwiched a super solo effort from Katie Barker, as the Magpies booked their spot in the next stage of the competition against an opponent who also reside in the FA Women's National League Northern Premier Division.
Newcastle Women were playing at Gateshead International Stadium for the first ever time and, despite rainy conditions, they showed few signs of slipping up against the Potters.
The Magpies, as has regularly been the case this term, started at a fast pace, looking to gain the advantage early on.
With 12 minutes on the clock, Charlotte Potts rose high to connect with a corner, but her goalbound header was cleared off the line.
Becky Langley's team continued to search for an opener as the half progressed, but the Stoke defence remained resolute to thwart the Magpies' advances.
But with 22 minutes gone, Galloway broke the deadlock with a well-taken goal.
Newcastle thought they had doubled the lead soon after, but after finishing well, Georgia Gibson's strike was chalked off for offside.
The Potters offered a threat on the counter and reminded United of this as half time beckoned, with Danielle Puddefoot seeing a shot kept out by Grace Donnelly.
After the break, the home side looked to press home the advantage and it wasn't long before 1-0 became 2-0.
Barker beat two defenders down the left and drove into the Stoke box, releasing the ball at the right moment to Galloway, who got her and Newcastle's second of the afternoon from just a couple of yards out.
After providing the second goal, Barker got on the scoresheet herself with 65 minutes on the clock, cutting inside from the left once more and giving the goalkeeper no chance with a superb finish high into the net.
Stoke continued to offer a threat in moments, but good defending from Amber-Keegan Stobbs, Olivia Watt and Potts ensured that the visitors' attacks were extinguished effectively.
Langley made a string of changes in the second half and two of the substitutes combined to make it 4-0 in the closing stages.
Tyler Dodds received the ball on the right in space and her pinpoint cross landed right on the head of Soulsby at the back post, with the winger guiding the ball into the back of the net to put the result beyond any real doubt.
She was then on the scoresheet again just minutes later, pinching the ball from a defender before finishing clinically to add further gloss to a super team display.
The Magpies are into the fourth round, and will learn their opponents soon, with the prospect of being drawn against a Women's Championship or Women's Super League side a real possibility for Langley's team.
Newcastle United Women: Grace Donnelly, Amber-Keegan Stobbs (c), Charlotte Potts, Olivia Watt, Becky Ferguson (Tyler Dodds 68), Elysia Boddy, Hannah Greenwood (Jasmine McQuade 60), Emma Kelly (Anna Soulsby 79), Georgia Gibson (Cara Milne-Redhead 68), Katie Barker (Sharna Wilkinson 79), Bridget Galloway
Subs not used: Hannah Reid, Daisy Burt, Grace Boyes, Kacie Elson
Report by Joseph Nelson
Photograph courtesy of Colin Lock