WALKER'S STRIKES DO TRICK by Peter Catt

STAR striker Karen Walker struck twice in the last six minutes to book Doncaster Belles their place in the AXA FA Women's Cup Final following a hard fought 3-1 win over Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park.

STAR striker Karen Walker struck twice in the last six minutes to book Doncaster Belles their place in the AXA FA Women's Cup Final following a hard fought 3-1 win over Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park.

The result went according to form but for a long time it looked as if underdogs Tranmere might cause a big upset after they had led for a long part of the game.

Belles had romped to a 5-1 victory when the teams met a fortnight ago but this time Rovers scored first from the penalty spot.

Lizzie Gomersall was penalised for handling on 28 minutes and Kate Hooley made no mistake with the resulting spotkick.

Belles had a chance to go into the break on level terms when they were awarded a penalty of their own but experienced international Karen Burke was dismayed to see her spotkick saved in the last minute of the half.

Tranmere defended desperately after the interval but the Belles persistence paid off on the hour when Burke had a shot blocked on the line and Carly Hunt poked the ball home from less than a yard.

Rovers had Faye Dunn sent off for a second yellow card on 80 minutes and Doncaster made their numerical advantage count in the last ten minutes.

Karen Walker headed Belles in front on 84 minutes when she met Burke's centre with the ball going in off the bar.

The same combination sealed a close semi-final win in the dying minutes when Walker grabbed her second.

But the Belles could be without the prolific England striker when they meet a formidable Fulham side, who clinched a 4-1 semi-final win over Charlton, in the final at Selhurst Park on Monday May 6.

Walker has a suspension hanging over her head after being sent off recently and the Belles are anxiously waiting for the outcome of her appeal.

* Belles resume their National Division fixtures on Sunday when they visit Sunderland and then play host to champions Arsenal next Thursday at Brodsworth (7.30pm).