Penrith AFC secured their spot in the Cumberland Cup Final thanks to a narrow victory over Carlisle United Ladies on Sunday March 17.

It was a repeat of last seasons final, which Carlisle United won after a penalty shoot-out, the same outcome of the quarter final win against Whitehaven AFC a couple of weeks ago.

With a mixture of injuries and sickness bugs running through the Carlisle camp, fringe players were brought into the line-up.

The hosts created the first chances of the game, heading over from a corner delivered in on five minutes.

The first quarter of the game brought half chances for Penrith as they started the half brightly, and they had the ball in the back of the net after a through ball played in Jodie English who lobbed the ball over Norris, but the flag was raised for offside.

The opening goal came on 33 minutes, when a 30-yard Jodie English looping shot went over Norris and flew into the top corner, and Penrith took the lead.

It was Jodie English again who doubled the lead for the home side, this time from inside in the six-yard box, slotting in to the bottom corner.

A chance to get on the scoreboard for Carlisle came just before half time when a corner came in from Emma Kenyon, but it went just over the head of the on rushing Jade Beal at the back post.

The second half started in the same way with the home side creating chances, but not taking them, shooting straight at Chelsea Norris with most of the chances.

The last 10 minutes saw Carlisle come into their own, when a through ball from Charlotte Murray found the on running Olivia Clapperton who lobbed the ball from outside the box over the Penrith goalkeeper to mark her debut with a goal, giving the visitors something to chase towards the end of the game.

The equaliser nearly came after a goal mouth scramble but it was Penrith who came out on top and claim a spot in the Cumberland Cup Final after the 2-1 win.