|Ladies & Girls
Acle United 2 : 1 Cambridge City
Cambridge City Ladies suffered a 2-1 defeat when succumbing to a late winner away at Acle United. The Lilywhites had started the game very well and took an early lead through Laura Mills when she was the quickest to react, firing in from a tight angle after Lauren Tomlinsonís long range effort was only parried out by the keeper. City were asking all the questions in the early part of the game with chances falling to Charlotte Gillies, who shot wide and again for debutant Mills when racing clear of her markers but on this occasion she had her shot saved. The contest became more even as the half went on and Acle started to ask a number of questions themselves but the City defence held firm and went in 1-0 up at the break.
A sluggish start to the second half saw City punished when Acle equalised having got in behind Cityís left and a neat cut back was slotted home from close range. The game ebbed and flowed in a very competitive match with chances falling to either side but it was in the 88th minute that Acle grabbed a winner when a disputed free kick was launched up field to the dangerous Megan Todd who muscled her way down Cityís right before cutting in and slamming home the winning goal. With little time to respond City were very disappointed to leave with nothing having put in such an effort against a strong and well organised Acle side.
Having tasted defeat in three league games by a single goal The Lilywhites will be looking to put this right when they take on AFC Dunstable next Sunday at Trinity College Sports Ground 2-00pm KO.
Cambridge City 0 : 4 Netherton United
City Development were at home to Netherton United Ladies on Sunday for the second game of their S-Tech Women's Premiership campaign.
The home team started the game well and saw an early chance go just over the bar from close range within the first minute. City remained in control of possession and created chances in the opening quarter of the first half but Netherton then took charge and City were unlucky to go two-nil behind at half time.
In the second half, City were more composed and played some lovely, flowing football from back to front and the chances kept on coming. Mo Want came close to getting a goal back for the home team but her effort was just shy of goal from close range. City kept on pressing and were awarded a penalty. Molly White stepped up to the occasion but her effort could only find the crossbar. A free kick from Lucy Hurst also hit the crossbar. Netherton scored two more goals in the dying moments of the game and were 4-0 up at the final whistle.
A frustrating day in front of goal and not the result City had hoped for but the attitude and work rate of the players from the first to last minute was excellent! The players should be proud of themselves. They played well as a team and showed positive signs that they'll be back to winning ways in no time.
Cambridge City 10 : 0 Netherton United
City played hosts to Peterborough side Netherton United on Saturday in an S-Tech league fixture. A win would take them top of the table and they made sure of their intentions very early on when Katie Stancombe followed up on a shot that could only be parried by the visiting keeper. One nil to City after only 90 seconds. The home side built on their impressive start and continued to press very high. Netherton had a few instances where they required the City defence to be on their game, but by half time four more goals had been added to give the Lilywhites a comfortable advantage at the break.
With the visitors choosing to play five at the back in the second half City had plenty of possession in the middle of the park but it was increasingly difficult to breach the final line. As time pressed on, the home side wore down the gallant efforts of the visitors and thanks to a four goal haul by Yas Crow and a lovely drilled in strike from Katie Crook, the second half scoring matched that of the first - with the final result reaching double figures. An excellent performance from all the team.
The scorers were Yas Crow x 4, Katie Crook x 2, Katy Ruston x 1, Yas Abbioui x 1, Katie Stancombe x 1 and one for Player of the Match, Mo Want.
|Madelaine scoring against St Neots
St Neots Town Youth 0 : 6 Cambridge City
Cambridge City travelled to St Neots to face last season's League Cup Finalists. Having beaten them on penalties in that match City were under no illusion as to how good they were.
City kicked off the first half with some nice passing from Captain Amie Fullwood to Katie Levitt. St Neots defended well with some excellent tackles from their defenders to stop Amie scoring with a shot just wide after a strong pass from Kayleigh Peters. St Neots pushed forward but werenít able to capitalise on anything with some strong defending from Ella Compton and Yara Ghidini who played balls back to Rachel Barker whose distribution was superb, passing to Ella who set up a running Tiana Walker whose shot skimmed the crossbar. Yael Benjamin replaced Amie after an unfortunate tackle left her unable to continue.
Yael and Jessie Fitzpatrick linked up well in the midfield and drew the defenders wide with Madelaine McInnes moving into the middle to pass back to Yael whose shot was just wide of the post. City continued to dominate and the goal wasnít long in coming with some fancy footwork from Katie who dribbled past the last defender to put the first goal in for City. 1-0.
With their heads up City grew into the game with Niamh Davies and Millie Clarke working incredibly hard in the centre trying to pass the ball forward to the wingers of Jess Wood and Katie and eventually finding Katie who put home her second of the match 2-0. This seemed to kill the game a bit for St Neots and so City continued to press hard with Yara, Katie and Yael making some lovely passing with a well deserved goal for Yael scoring Cityís third 3-0.
The second half was a repeat of last week with some sloppy passing and some miss hit shots. It took a misplaced throw in from St Neots for Niamh to steal the ball and take it to the box and score making it 4-0 City. This seemed to spur the girls on and Madelaine and Niamh produced some excellent football with Madelaine putting a perfectly timed ball through to Niamh to take the ball through the defence and put it away for her second 5-0 City.
St Neots tried to push forward but were stopped by Millie Struthers and Kayleigh who were strong in defence. City proceeded to dominate the match with Tiana letting fly a cracking shot that smashed the crossbar to go over. Shot after shot came from City with the St Neots goalkeeper making some fantastic saves to stop another goal. Unfortunately for her Madelaine was too good for the St Neots defenders and took a brilliant pass from Kayleigh to put the ball in the back of the net for 6-0 City. Any kind of attack from St Neots was stopped by some brilliant work from Millie C. A good win for the girls, Madelaine the well deserved player of the match for this week.
Under 13s (B)
Cambridge City 10 : 0 Cambourne United
A rainy start for the U13B City side last Saturday, who were hoping for a win after a goalless draw last week. The girls got off to a flying start applying pressure and the first ten minutes were a pretty even scramble between the two sides.
Rosie in the centre of midfield placed herself in the right space in the box and after a deflected shot she fired it home to make it 1-0. Goal machine Maddy then got two on the bounce by creating space for her self. With a positive mind set, City got stuck in, with keeper Iris and Holly organising the team fantastically. Ellie May sat in front of the defence, defending solidly! It was the first game for Lucy Short and she dribbled down the wing and found the back of the net. Half time 4-0.
All credit to the opponents for attacking in force, but Evie and Sarah stood strong in the middle to battle for every ball and intercept crucial passes. Cambourne came close hitting the post from a nice shot, which was unlucky for them to score. Young Lucy worked hard down the wing with her quick feet beating defenders and she got a second half hatrick.
Tired legs and a switch of position for defender Ellie found herself up front bagging her first city goal! Emma worked hard pressuring the last defender and came so close to goal but she couldn't find the net. But her deflection found Rosie who beat her player and scored her second.
Maddy bagged her hatrick firing the ball from the right side and found the top left corner! Girl of the game goes to Maddy for her cooperation, listening and selfless passing after scoring a hatrick!
Well done team!
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