BRADFORD side Phoenix have reached the final of the Women's West Riding County League Supplementary Cup after beating higher-ranked Republica Internationale 4-1.

Despite the majority of the team fasting due to Ramadan, the Division Two side got the better of their opponents who finished fourth in the league above.

They booked a spot against Leeds United Development in the final at County FA Headquarters at Woodlesford. The match had been scheduled for this Sunday but will now be played after the Ramadan fasting period in June.

The two teams had met this season in the League Cup, which also saw a closely-fought 3-1 victory in Phoenix’s favour.

Phoenix retained their home advantage, and on Bradford University's 4G pitch, the game got off to a high-tempo start.

The hosts opened the scoring early when Megan Medley slotted a ball through Republica's back four for Sanah Razaq.

Soon after, Razaq set up skipper Ikra Ali to make it 2-0.

Despite Republica’s chances, a high press from Phoenix on the half-hour mark saw them get a third when Ali's cross was slotted home by Claire Graham.

Republica's pressure paid off, as Natasha del Grande buried a cross into the roof of the net to make it 3-1.

However, Phoenix showed no signs of tiring and Razaq stepped up again to make it 4-1 just before the break.

Both teams had chances in the second half but stalwart defending at either end left the score the same.

Phoenix skipper Ikra Ali said: “Despite the difficult circumstances with the majority of the team fasting due to the month of Ramadhan, the team battled hard and dug deep for the win.

"Although we played on empty stomachs, we were all hungry for the win and the scoreline reflects this.”

Leeds United Development, who finished 14 points and two places above Phoenix in Division Two, beat Silsden 2-0 in their semi-final.

Ellie Hairsine scored the first-half opener, with captain Katie Breckin's last-minute free-kick securing the tie.

Meanwhile, in the Yorkshire U18 Girls' League, Bradford City have just one game to go in a 'winner takes all' match at home on Thursday (7.20pm) against leaders Leeds United.

Leeds are two points in front, which means a draw is not enough for City.

*Guiseley Vixens have announced that their successful 2018-19 season, in which they reached eighth in the FA Women's National League Northern Premier and made it to a second successive County Cup final, is to be their last.

The club will be liquidated this summer, after they were unable to continue as an independently-financed organisation.