A tense affair in York as Cardinal Heenan progressed by the narrowest of margins after coming from a goal behind to take their place in round 2.
Somehow the opening half ended without a goal as the weather changed from sunshine to rain and back again as the visitors goal led a charmed life, somehow surviving a number of close calls in their penalty area with the keeper in excellent form.
Early in the second half it was the home side who broke the deadlock, Lydiatt bursting clear and firing home to put Fulford 1-0 ahead.
Credit to Cardinal Heenan, their heads never dropped and they battled their way back into the game and it was Stewart who proved to be the game winner for the Leeds based side.
Firstly she powered in a long range shot that bounced over the line off the crossbar and, shortly after, striking another effort that may have taken a deflection on its way past the Fulford keeper for the winning goal.
This was truly an excellent cup tie and there were chances at both ends as the clock ticked down but it was Cardinal Heenan who claimed their place in the next round.
Both sets of players are to be applauded for their efforts and sportsmanship in a very close match that could have gone either way.
Cardinal Heenan will now host Colne Valley High School in round 2.
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