Chorley Women 1 Donaghue 53
Leeds United Women bounced back from a difficult week with a hard fought win over Chorley at Thorp Arch.
It was the visitors who were first on the attack as Topping fired just wide. Leeds responded moments later and took the lead through a 25 yard drive from Rebecca Hunt that looped in over the keeper.
Chorley went straight down the other end with Vella firing just wide from a free kick. Leeds came close to doubling their advantage with both Jodie Hunter and Holly Findlay missing by inches.
Findlay did get a goal on the 32nd minute firing in from a brilliant cross from Shannon Durkin. Findlay was then denied a certain third by an outstanding save from Darbyshire.
Half Time: Leeds United Women 2 Chorley Women 0
Leeds started the second half on the attack with Durkin denied by a last ditch challenge. The visitors pulled one back when Donaghue rounded Wattam and squeezed her shot in off the post.
Substitute Emily Cassidy fired just wide as did Milly Ash. Rebecca Hunt was then put clean through with four minutes left but was denied by the keeper. Leeds held out for a vital victory after a tough week.
Full time: Leeds United Women 2 Chorley Women 1
Leeds United Women: Wattam, Hannon (c), Hamill, Hunter, Cawthorn (Ah 57) Parkin, Hardcastle, Smart, Findlay (Jeffels 75),Hunt, Durkin (Cassidy 57): Subs not used: Ohr, Lee
Chorley Women: Darbyshire, Brindle, Fenton (Yeoman 75), Searson, North, Topping, Mills, Donoghue, Vella, Pilling (Stocks 37), Walker
Venue: Thorp Arch
Referee: F Greenwood