|Ladies & Girls
SSE Women's FA Cup (3rd Qualifying Round)
Acle United 0 : 1 Cambridge City (Played at Gt Yarmouth FC)
Cambridge City Ladies made their own piece of history this weekend when they booked their place in the first round draw of the SSE Women's FA Cup with a hard fought one nil victory against fellow Eastern Region Premier League side, Acle United. The journey started back in August against Newmarket, with subsequent wins against Riverside and Leyton Orient before a trip to play Acle at the historic Great Yarmouth football ground in the third qualifying round.
City got off to the best possible start when Laura Mills was put through on the left and with her electric pace and calmness in front of goal, she slotted the ball in to the corner with just two minutes on the clock. The visitors were playing some entertaining football and had their hosts under pressure with some quick counter attacks and should really have been two or three up by half time with Tee Mhunduru rarely troubled in the City goal.
Defender Robyn Phillips who helped keep a clean sheet for the Lilywhites
The second half saw roles reversed with Acle changing their shape and playing more direct which put City under pressure. However, the whole team worked incredibly hard and fully deserved a bit of luck when the hosts hit the post and crossbar and in the dying seconds misplaced a header which would have taken the game into extra time. The victory was no more than what City deserved on their first half performance and they now look forward to seeing who they will play in the next round.
City Ladies coach Darren Wood is more than satisfied with the result
Back to league action this Sunday with a home game against Haringey Borough. 2-00pm KO at Trinity College, Grange Road, Cambridge. All welcome.
#STOP PRESS# At lunchtime today (Monday) City received the news that they had been drawn at home to face local rivals Cambridge United Women in the first round proper of the SSE Women's FA Cup. It should be a cracker! Kick Off 1pm Sunday 11th November at Trinity #STOP PRESS#
ICA Sports (Peterborough) 0 : 3 Cambridge City
Going to ICA Sports and bringing home all three points from Peterborough is always a difficult task and this encounter was no exception. ICA Sports are a strong, talented team who maybe could have got something out of the game with a bit more quality in front of goal.
City got off to a flying start as usual and a Lucy Hurst 'hooked' volley, from a Becky Langthorne cross, forced a good save from the home keeper. With eight minutes on the clock, City took the lead when Megan Tonks glanced home a header from an excellent Hurst corner. However, the reminder of this first period evolved into a fairly scrappy affair with the visitors unable to create any further decent goal scoring opportunities. The home side had more of the play.
HT ICA Sports 0 : 1 City
For the first twenty five minutes of the second half, the Lilywhites had to dig deep, as ICA pinned them back in their own half for long periods. During this time, ICA hit the bar with a cross-cum-shot from the left and then Hannah Lock pulled off a great save when she dived full length to her left to push the ball around the post to safety. City got out of jail in typical fashion on the half hour mark, when Yas Crow broke quickly out of defence down the right and crossed for Rachel Littlewood to drive into the roof of the net from ten yards. City then came back in to the game more and Ellie Cullum went close twice; her first effort from a tight angle was saved by the home keeper and then a thumping header from a Hurst corner was cleared off the goal line. However it was not until 87th minute that City sealed the points when Tonks scored with a trade mark goal. Put through the middle, she held off two defenders before slotting home into the bottom left hand corner from 18 yards.
FT ICA Sports 0 : 3 City
On balance, probably a deserved hard fought win for the visitors but a game that could have gone either way if ICA had scored early in the second half during a period of prolonged pressure.
Cambridge City 0 : 4 ICA (Peterborough)
City suffered a surprising and unexpected defeat on Saturday at the hands of an energetic and determined ICA team. From the very first whistle, it was the visitors who looked the more offensive minded and pinned the home team back in their own half for significant spells in the opening periods of the game. An early goal for the Peterborough side compounded their confidence and by half time they had doubled their advantage. Things just weren't clicking for City.
A half-time team talk brought about a slight improvement in City's second half display but knowing that the next goal was going to be crucial, whichever way it went, the home side still looked nervous on the ball. The goal duly arrived, but it increased ICA's lead rather than bring City back into the game. To round off a very disappointing, wet and miserable morning, City conceded a fourth goal to give the visitors all three points.
This was a very uncharacteristic display from City. The girls most certainly have the ability and skill to set the record straight when they travel to Peterborough in the reverse fixture in January, but what they need to do now is to get this freak result out of their system and move on.
Cambridge City 2 : 0 Linton Aztecs
The under 14Bs line up for a team photo before their victory against Linton, sporting a very smart new kit sponsored by AES - Anglia Environmental Services
On Saturday, City hosted Linton at Netherhall in a S-Tech league encounter. Wet weather didn't dampen the girls enthusiasm and they secured three valuable points with a two nil victory. Goals from Isobel Hayes and Madison Shanks sealed the win. Well done to the defence too for keeping that all important clean sheet.
Cambridge City 4 : 2 Histon Hornets
Two goals from Erin Burling and one apiece from Bella Axelsson and Daisy Sophia King was enough to notch up a 4 - 2 win over local rivals Histon on Saturday. The win (and a very good goal difference) means that the young Lilywhites remain top of the league over St Ives Rangers. Both are on 12 points from four games
Leverington 2 : 5 Cambridge City (League Cup)
It was an early start for the under 12s on Saturday when they made their way north to face Leverington in a League Cup tie that had been postponed from last weekend. Due to other previous cancellations, City have only played one match this season so far - so they were hungry for a game!
City were prepared for a tough game in the knowledge that the home side had already notched up an impressive 33 goals in their previous two matches. Clearly it would be a great challenge for the girls, but one they were keen to face.
The game could not have started better for City, with Yasmin Jackson grabbing a brace inside the opening two minutes of the game to give the girls an early cushion. With only nine girls making the trip for the Lilywhites, it was a big ask for them to maintain a high level performance for the entire 60 minutes, but the girls certainly delivered, especially in the first half, playing the best 30 minutes of football you are likely to see in the girls league this season, with Kia Arnold scoring her 6th and 7th goals of the season to give the girls a 4-0 lead going into the break.
Leverington started the second half brightly and showed why they have started the season well, playing some nice football and really testing Emma and Jess in defence. The City girls stayed strong though and Yasmin completed her hat-trick with 10 minutes to go with a lovely strike using the outside of her boot. Leverington rallied somewhat towards the end and added two goals of their own. Credit to them for not giving up.
The final score was 5-2 to Cambridge in what was a fantastic advert for girls football. Thank you to Matt and everyone at Leverington for a brilliant game.
City will face Spalding in the next round.
#win with modesty, lose with dignity
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