|Ladies & Girls
Cambridge City 5 : 1 ICA Sports - Peterborough (Cambs FA Invitation Cup)
City Ladies welcomed ICA Sports of Peterborough to the 3G pitch at Bottisham on Sunday for this Cambs FA Invitation Cup encounter. The all weather surface proved invaluable on a very cold and snowy afternoon.
If City thought that they could readily rely on the two division gap between the teams to get a result, they were rudely awoken when the visitors took a surprise lead within the very first minute. This shook City, but thankfully they responded in the way you would hope. They rolled their sleeves up, making them even colder, and by half time Bella Simmons had notched a brace to give the hosts an interval lead.
Not long into the second half, a Sarah Mosley corner provided Simmons with the opportunity to complete her hat-trick as she headed home to increase the advantage.
City's fourth goal was a first for Anna Kanz who connected well on the half volley from just inside the penalty area, with the ball nestling in the top corner of the net. Kanz has made a fantastic transition to senior football this season and richly deserved this goal.
City were now in a dominating mood and rarely came out of the ICA half. Towards the end, who else but Simmons popped up again and secured the Lilywhites passage into the next round. With the result now all wrapped up, the girls were looking forward to doing the same!
|Lucy Hurst and Rachel Pearce pressing hard to close down.
Newmarket Ladies 4 : 1 Cambridge City (League)
Like the Ladies, the Development team had the benefit of beating the snow by playing at Newmarket on their artificial surface. Unfortunately though, despite a much improved second half performance, the visitors suffered a 4 - 1 defeat.
Like the spectators, players from both teams chose gloves over sweat bands.
Newmarket were quickest out of the blocks and on seven minutes they took the lead. By half time they had notched another two which meant that it was going to be an uphill struggle for City in the second period if they were going to get anything out of the game.
An input from the management team at the break had the desired effect and it was the visitors who looked the better side upon their return. They were closing players down much more effectively and went forward with some purpose. Unfortunately though, just when City were looking to reduce the arrears, they fell further behind due to a direct free kick. Now it was going to be a big ask!
However, hope was restored on 60 minutes when Rachel Littlewood was able to connect with a ball from Yas Crow on the left as she headed it just beyond the Newmarket keeper. With 30 minutes remaining on the clock, there was growing optimism - though in reality it turned out to be too little too late. Sadly, a vastly improved second half performance from City proved not to be enough and although there were lots of positives, the Development team headed home from Suffolk with no share of the points.
Cambridge City 6 : 0 Netherton (League Cup)
If ever there was a game of two halves, then this would probably be a strong contender.
On a heavy, but perfectly playable surface, the home side started off at a good pace and it wasn't long before Alex Smith opened up the scoring when she got in front of her marker and with true composure, placed the ball low and right of the keeper. Three minutes later, left winger Katy Ruston took a gamble and floated in a long range 'cross-come-shot' which beat the keeper to double the City advantage.
With the appetite for long range shots increasing, full back Abi Dowell-McGrillan pushed forward and having picked up a loose ball just outside of the penalty area, she struck low and hard. Three nil to the Lilywhites.
For the fourth, Smith was on hand in the six yard box to turn home a Ruston corner to complete her brace. Five minutes later, Ruston was again involved when her goal bound shot got a deflection that meant the visiting keeper was caught out of position.
City reached half a dozen before the break when captain Katie Stancombe went on a trade mark solo run and slotted the ball beyond the reach of the keeper.
Given that the hosts had now virtually secured their progress to the League Cup final in May, the second half was used to give players the opportunity to understand the differences of playing in varying positions. It proved good experience for the girls but it didn't produce any further goals, so the second half finished exactly how it started, with a six nil advantage to the home side.
The Player of the Match was deservedly awarded to Jo Sunderland.
City will now play Stotfold in the final on a date yet to be fixed in May.
Burwell Tigers 1 : 3 Cambridge City (League Cup)
A very impressive away performance from City saw off the challenge of Burwell in this League Cup semi-final tie. A brace from Freya Standing and an own goal secured the Lilywhites a place in the final in May. The Player of the Match award went to Katie Prior.
City will now face Isleham United in the final who had to rely on a penalty shoot out to beat Yaxley Youth in the other semi final.
Cambridge City 9 : 0 Histon Hornets (League)
First game back for the City girls after an extended Christmas break saw them take on the team they knocked out of the cup in their last meeting.
Playing 9 v 9 this time on a very wet Trinity pitch, City started brightly and tested the Histon keeper early on with a well worked move from Katie Levitt and Amie Fullwood who’s shot was saved by the keeper. Not deterred, Jess Woods and Niamh Davies pushed Amie on and she slotted home City’s first of the match, 1-0. Histon responded with some good pressing but Ella Compton and Yara Ghidini were far too strong for them at the back. Maddie McInnis produced some slick footwork through the middle of the pitch linking up well with Kayleigh Peters and Jess Fitzpatrick who passed to Amie to put home City’s second after a rebound from the keeper, 2-0. Ruby Austin, a debutant from the U13s, came on, along with Yael Benyamin and both made an immediate impact with Ruby and Milly Clarke blocking the way of a Histon attack and pushed Katie forward who in turn created a chance for Yael to put home City’s third from a close range rebound, 3-0. The game started to become all one way with City dominant in all areas of the pitch. Some superb movement and passing from the City girls meant that Maddie was able to take her chance and put home City’s fourth, 4-0.
Half Time 4 - 0
Histon came out the brighter team in the second half and a slip from Yara meant that Histon went one on one with City keeper Rachel Barker, who made herself big and saved the attack. A quick kick from Rachel set up Maddie to slide a ball into Katie who scored her first of the match and City’s fifth, 5-0. The match got a bit more physical with Histon trying hard to break down the City defence but Ella and Yara were not moving and continued to create runs for the City girls out wide, working the ball into the middle for Ruby to go through on goal and score her first as an U14 and City’s sixth, 6-0. A mistake by the Histon keeper meant Amie was able to capitalize and put home her third and City’s seventh 7-0. The City girls were now passing the ball around the pitch with ease and it wasn't long before Amie again had the ball in the back of the net for her fourth and City’s eighth, 8-0. The pressure remained intense from City with all the girls working well together, a fantastic pass from Ruby meant that Kayleigh was able to score her first and City’s ninth, 9-0.
Another dominant performance from City against a very physical Histon side with all the girls playing some impressive football. The deserved player of the match went to Yara Ghidini.
Cambourne United v Cambridge City
The under 11s continued their run of away games on Saturday with a trip to Cambourne and played on what turned out to be a smaller pitch than the girls have been used to this season. However, the girls adapted to the conditions extremely well and were still confidently able to play the ball around and throughout the game they got the ball into some excellent positions. The defence held strong, as they have done all season, with some solid pieces of defending and intelligent passing. The forward line were very proactive too and got their rewards! Another impressive performance from all the squad.
This coming week it is the 'big one' as the under 11s travel to March in the Cup. There seems to be a real buzz heading into this match as they aim to progress into the last four.
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