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Ladies are a match for higher league opposition
Having just played a couple of pre-season friendly matches in as many days (against higher league opposition) City Ladies should be feeling pretty satisfied with how they performed. Although they didn't quite manage a win, their desire and ability was certainly on show for all to see. If they deliver performances like this in the coming season, then they have plenty to look forward to.
Last Sunday (29th July) Norwich City Ladies were the visitors to Trinity Old Field. City introduced some new faces to the team and two of these, Shannon Shaw (x 2) and Sofia Castiglione were on the score sheet in a very entertaining 3-3 draw. City will probably feel unlucky not to have got the win, having hit the post twice and the bar once, but these games are all about giving game time for individual players and for the management team to try out different options. Certainly a very worthwhile and productive duel between two energetic teams.
The Lilywhites put the Ipswich defence under pressure from a corner
Yesterday evening (31st July) City played hosts again - this time to Ipswich Town Ladies, who last season finished an impressive third in the South East Division One league table. On paper, this was always going to be the more difficult of the two matches, but for the neutral supporter watching, there wasn't too much to choose between the teams at all - though in places, the Suffolk side did show their quality. At half time it was all square, 1-1, with Sofia Castiglione having levelled for City with a great strike from outside of the box. The second half brought the best out of both teams and the passion started to overflow at times. Both teams had their eyes on a victory and the game flowed from end to end. City's Laura Mills produced something very special to level the score again at 2-2, when she connected with the ball on the half volley from 30 yards out, off centre. The speed that the ball travelled and its trajectory probably meant that the goal of the season had already been scored at Trinity even before the league campaign has even started. This set the game up for a pulsating finish which ultimately went the way of the Suffolk side who grabbed two late goals. Disappointing for City not to at least finish on equal terms, but there were many positives for the Lilywhites to take from the game.
Laura is congratulated for her wonder strike - which also attracted applause from the Ipswich bench
The next pre-season friendly is another home fixture against Luton Town on 12th August, though the Ladies are keen to play this Sunday, if opposition can be found.
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