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Ladies and Girls weekly round up (22)
Posted by Debbie Mosley
Feb 28, 2017, 08:56

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Charlotte tracking back gets a block in

Acle United 1 : 2 Cambridge City

Cambridge City booked themselves into the semi-finals of the League Cup, knocking out Premier Division side Acle United in an excellent 2-1 away win. City started the game very well and had the hosts on the back foot from the off and were dominating the early stages. It didn't take long for that all important first goal which was scored by Bella Simmons in the fourth minute; catching the keeper off guard with a well-placed shot from distance.

City continued to attack with the slight slope and back wind assisting and could have scored more before half-time with Charlotte Gillies going close on a couple of occasions but despite their dominance they went in with just a one goal advantage.

As expected, Acle came out firing in the second half and City had to work hard to keep them at bay in the tricky conditions. The visitors were defending well until a loose ball was picked up by Megan Todd who slotted home from just outside the area to make it 1-1. The game was mostly played out in the midfield with few clear cut chances being created. It looked destined for extra time until Simmons raced on to a through ball from Bronte Rapley and managed to clip a delightful left foot shot past the advancing keeper for a dramatic winner. With less than five minutes remaining City were able to see out the game and booked their place in the semi-final with another away game at AFC Dunstable on Sunday 2nd April.

After the match, manager Tim Rapley said he was delighted with not only the result but the work rate and effort put in by all the players, especially when Acle equalised and we were able to respond with a renewed determination and belief to go on and win the game.

Under 16s

Netherton United 0 : 8 Cambridge City

The under 16s had to travel to Netherton United in Peterborough for their first game in a month. The game was played in awful conditions and the pitch itself was not the best. However, it is the same for both sides and the Lilywhites just got on with it. The girls battled the elements and tried constantly to get the ball down and string passes together. It wasn't long before Megan Tonks opened up the City account. This kick started a rush of goals, thanks to Lizzie Wray (2), Erin Fox, Yasmin Crow, Katy Ruston and a couple more for Tonks to complete her hat trick. The Player of the Match award went to Anna Kanz for another solid performance.

Under 15s

Cambridge City 5 : 0 City Belles

With no league fixture scheduled, the under 15s took advantage of a free weekend to challenge Bedfordshire's top under 15 team, City Belles, in a friendly fixture at Trinity Old Field. It was a meeting of two quality teams, both keen to impress.

The game got off to a blistering start when City's Katie Stancombe made a fabulous run down the right flank and having cut inside, fired the home side in front with a blistering strike. And all this within the first few minutes.

Both teams stroked the ball around with confidence and some very nice football was on display. Two further goals were added before the break, thanks to Eve Rose and Alex Smith, who was enjoying a new role at the right of midfield.

The second half was not quite as frantic as the first period but both teams still put on a very good display. In the closing quarter, City grabbed another couple of goals through captain Ceri Flye and a second from Player of the Match Alex Smith who worked extremely hard and who executed numerous pin point passes.

A good game - one which no doubt benefited both sides.

Under 12s

Cambridge City 2 : 1 Isleham

City came out winners in a very tight game against a strong, determined Isleham team. With the wind behind them in the first half, City started out brightly creating a number of chances which Isleham defended well. The Isleham keeper was in inspired form and looked like she would save whatever was thrown at her. Despite City's early dominance, Isleham took the lead, when their player of the match, Freya Bird, made a great run from deep in her own half, avoiding numerous challenges and planting an unstoppable shot into the top corner, giving City keeper, Iris Djan, no chance.

City needed to up their game in the second half, with the wind against them, and actually started to get the ball down and play. Bella Ely and Jess Fitzpatrick came into the game more and Maddie Shanks had a couple of half chances which she was just unable to convert. However, City didn't give up and a good tackle from Lauren Greaves resulted in a breakaway down the right by City's girl of the match Rosie Briganshaw and Jess Fitzpatrick, resulting in a great cross which captain Maddie Shanks converted at the far post. Isleham still looked dangerous on the break but Hollie Sartini, Emma Jepson and Ellie Whitehead stood firm alongside Lauren Greaves in defence. Isleham continued to defend for their lives with Freya Bird outstanding at the back, but with 5 mins left, City pressure paid off with a fine right foot drive by Jessie Fitzpatrick beating the diving Isleham keeper.

This was a good advert for Girls football with both teams having chances to win the game. Good luck to Isleham for the rest of the season.

Under 11s

A double success here. Under 11 Blacks won well at St Neots with Erin getting a hat trick and Kitty keeping a clean sheet, whilst the Under 11 Whites also secured a victory on their travels. This time it was against a strong Royston team. Well done to both teams.

Under 10s

Cambridge City v Linton Aztecs.

Although the result cannot be shown, the City girls put in one of their best displays of the season. Some good passing football by all the girls was a feature with Amelie Jepsen being named girl of the match. Linton battled right to the end, always with a smile on their faces and good luck to them in their remaining games. Special thanks to referee Josh, who volunteered to ref from Linton and did a great job.

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