Ji So-yun breaks Durham hearts and fires Chelsea into FA Cup last four

• Durham 0-1 Chelsea
• South Korean’s first-half strike sends champions through

You could be forgiven for thinking the visit of the FA Cup champions, Chelsea, in a quarter-final would be too much for five-year-old Durham. And ultimately it was, but the home side were far from being spectators to the biggest tie of their short history. Instead, in the windswept New Ferens Park, the resolute part-time team limited the chances of a squad brimming with internationals.

These two teams could not be much further apart, both geographically – Durham are the only team left from the north-east in the top two divisions of women’s football following Sunderland’s two-tier demotion – but also in terms of what they have at their disposal. The Wildcats were formed when South Durham & Cestria Girls linked up with Durham University, while Chelsea are one of the most well-resourced teams in the women’s game with the might of the men’s club there to cover their costs and underwrite their losses as needed.

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