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Ladies and Girls weekly round up (31)
Posted by Debbie Mosley
May 9, 2017, 09:12

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A busy weekend of football!


Under 11s Whites

U11's display the League Cup


Cambridge City 6 : 1 Netherton United (League Cup Final)

For the second time in less than 18 hours, a City team walked from the Soham Town Rangers FC tunnel to challenge for silverware. Following the previous nights success by the under 13s, Saturday morning was the turn of the under 11s (Whites) who were to challenge for the under 11 League Cup. The team have enjoyed a fantastic season - their first together - and it was hoped that this would be the icing on the cake, but they were taking nothing for granted against Peterborough side Netherton United.

City started well and soon got into their familiar passing game. By half time the Lilywhites had a two goal advantage and looked in command. The second half followed in the same vein and produced another four goals for City and the game finished with a favourable 6 - 1 score line. Ruby was on fire with a hat trick and she also picked up the Player of the Match award, whilst Olivia, Rosina and Rosie added the other goals. Captain Hattie received the biggest cheer of the morning from the large City following when she lifted the cup with pride. Well done girls - this caps off a great season. Twenty three wins from twenty three games takes some beating!


Under 13s

U13's wait patiently for Cup presentation


Cambridge City 1 : 1 St Neots (AET) City won 4 : 2 on penalties (League Cup Final)

It was League Cup Final action for the under 13s last Friday when they took on St Neots at Soham Town Rangers FC. Games such as this often provide drama and this was to be no different. The Lilywhites got off to a high tempo start and seemed to be relishing the 'big stage'. Midway through the first half, City's midfield threaded a ball through the St Neots back line for Aime Fullwood to chase and having shaken off a defender she managed to drill the ball home to give City a well deserved lead.

Going behind, seemed to kick start St Neots and they began to get more into the game. Their efforts were rewarded when they capitalised on a corner which City failed to clear and the ball was turned in at the back post.

At half time it remained all square and to be honest, the second half was evenly matched too with neither teams having any clear cut chances. Extra time came and went, during which time both defences remained focussed. No further goals followed so the winners of this tie was going to be decided by the dreaded penalty shoot out.

City keeper Rachel Barker became a hero on the night saving two of St Neots first four penalties. Up to this point City had scored all of theirs. Up stepped City defender Ella Compton to take their fourth penalty. If she scored, the cup was coming to City. With nerves of steel and watched by several hundred spectators, left footed Compton made no mistake and soon she was swamped by her ecstatic team mates. Well done girls, you put on a very good footballing show, as did St Neots. Both teams should be very proud of the part they played in such a thrilling final.


Under 12s

Netherton United 1 : 6 Cambridge City (League)

City travelled to Peterborough in another 'must win' game. The first half saw continued City pressure, but found a Netherton keeper in inspired form. She was flinging herself across the goal, diving at players feet and overall, was absolutely outstanding. It was always going to take something extraordinary to beat her, and so it proved, with Tiana Walker, scoring an unstoppable long distance shot into the top corner, to put City 1-0 up at half time. The second half started very brightly for City, with a great passing move straight from the kick off, involving Tiana Walker and Temwani Mhango, with Walker adding to her tally with a great shot under the diving keeper. Walker went on to complete her hat trick, with another shot from distance, before Bella Ely added a brace and Lauren Greaves scored a fine individual goal.

Player of the Match was shared between Tiana Walker and Lauren Greaves. City now head into the final week of the season needing two wins to draw level at the top of the table, which will then lead to a play off game against Coton.


Under 15s

U15's after their league winning performance against St Ives


St Ives 1 : 1 Cambridge City (League)

City travelled to St Ives for what was billed to be the league title decider. Top versus second. The home side needed to win to force a deciding playoff match, anything less and the honours would almost certainly go to the visitors who have topped the table from the very start of the campaign.

With a large travelling support, City started well and it wasn't long before they thought they had won a penalty - but somehow it was not to be! Putting the decision behind them, City got on with things and continued to keep the ball pinned in the St Ives half for most of the opening period, but were unable to really test the home keeper. The middle ground became a stalemate area with both sides cancelling each other out.

Just when everyone was preparing for a blank half time score sheet, St Ives found space on the right and put in a lovely cross for their front girl to neatly head home. The City keeper had no chance to prevent what remarkably was the first league goal that the team had conceded all season.

City now had to score to try and prevent the possibility of a future deciding match. When the second half got under way, the tempo of the game stepped up a gear and spectators were witnessing two quality sides locked into a game where all concerned knew all too well how high the stakes were.

Against the run of play, St Ives were awarded a penalty. If this was to go in, then the home side would probably have chosen to sit back and defend their lead. Thankfully for City though, the kick went wide and to be honest, given the controversial manner in which the penalty had been awarded, neither management teams had any real complaints.

Time pressed on. City doubled their strike force and beefed up the midfield to support the front two. The pressure on the home defence grew and they had to defend an increasing number of corners, which they did well. With perhaps only a couple of minutes left, the ball was found bouncing around in the St Ives six yard box like a pin ball. It was City midfielder Ellie Allen who was quickest to get her toe to the ball and managed to poke it home to the right of the keeper. The ball took such a long time to roll over the line, but thankfully it did. There was no coming back for St Ives.

Although mathematically City didn't quite have both hands on the title at the final whistle, the team's reaction suggested otherwise, realising the huge importance of the result. Events since Saturday have now confirmed that the title well and truly belongs to City - remarkably their fourth consecutive title. A fantastic and well deserved achievement for a fantastic bunch of girls. Congratulations!


Ladies

Hutton 0 : 2 Cambridge City (League)

Goals from Robyn Phillips and Bella Simmons secured another victory for the Ladies when they travelled to play Hutton in the final league match of the season. This was a well deserved victory and the three points earned means that the Ladies finish top of their tree with a very comfortable 16 point margin.

Arguably the hardest match of their season is yet to come next Sunday when the Ladies travel to the County Ground, Letchworth, to play Haringey Borough in the final of the ERWFL League Cup. The Ladies are more than capable of returning home successful and with a bit of rearranging and strengthening, we could just about squeeze the Cup into the trophy cabinet. Good luck!



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