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Cambridge University 5 : 3 Cambridge City
The City Development squad before their game against the University
After a five week lay off, the Development Squad looked a little bit rusty when they visited the lovely surroundings of Fenners to play the University team in this S-Tech Women's Premiership fixture. The home side took the lead on six minutes when City failed to close down their scorer who found the net with a 'worldie' from 25 yards. The keeper had no chance.
City gradually got themselves into the game and equalised after 12 minutes, when the industrious midfielder Anna Kanz burst into the box and drove home. The home keeper could only parry the ball over the goal line. Having upped the tempo, City started to take a hold of the game and were rewarded six minutes later when they took the lead. A flowing move down the left channel between Yas Crow and Megan Tonks saw the ball squared across goal for Ellie Cullum to thump home at the far post.
City made three substitutions after 25 minutes and as happens sometimes, a little bit of the rhythm was lost. The University side capitalised on this by equalising on 33 minutes. A good exchange of passes on the edge of 18 yard box resulted in a shot that found the bottom left hand corner of the net. All square at half time.
Influential and industrious City midfielder Anna Kanz on the ball
The University side started the second half the more lively team, City guilty of giving the ball away far too often in dangerous situations. Midway through the second period the home side somewhat fortuitously took the lead when a cross-cum-shot rebounded off the far post and was tapped home at the near post.
Although still not at their best, City had their best period of play for next twenty minutes and although they had their chances, they just couldn't put the ball in the net. The University side scored twice more in the last five minutes and there was no way back for City. However, in the last minute of game, City grabbed what turned out to be a consolation goal when Ceri Flye went on one of her trade mark runs to set up Megan Tonks to score.
In summary, two well matched teams and a good open game of football, that the University side simply wanted to win more than City. Some lessons to be learned by this very young Development side who we all know will bounce back stronger next week.
Histon Hornets 1 : 4 Cambridge City (League Cup)
Two goals either side of the interval was enough to see City win this League Cup encounter. Histon were given a life line shortly after the break when they were awarded a penalty and from which they managed to reduce the arrears. City pushed on however and eventually put the result beyond doubt. A competitive match where both teams gave their all.
Scorers for City were: Sasha Tristram x 2, Katie Levatt and Yael Benjamin
Newmarket Town 1 : 17 Cambridge City
A short trip over the County border proved very fruitful for the City girls. Good to see regular goalkeeper Grace Joslin on the score sheet too.
Scorers for City were: Ruby Want x 4, Liliana Oakes x 3, Ruby Austin x 2, Olivia Briffa x 2, Jade Flatts x 2, Harriet Henry x 2, Grace Joslin and Emily Lucas.
Cambridge City 8 : 1 Comberton Crusaders
City continued their winning run this season with a good home victory against a dogged Comberton team. It was even at half time with a goal apiece, the City scorer being Emily White. The girls responded to their coaches advice at half time to produce an outstanding second half performance which Comberton found hard to deal with. Over twenty five second half shots for the Lilywhites resulted in seven more goals, as they ran out convincing winners in the end. Emily White completed her hat trick and Bella Axelsson got three with Erin Burling and Amelia Hayes scoring the other two.
Bourne Town Juniors 0 : 1 Cambridge City (League Cup)
A round trip of 120 miles was well worth it when the under 12s secured a place in the semi-final of the League Cup with a victory at Bourne, Lincolnshire. The match was fabulous in many ways. Two talented teams delivering an entertaining and exciting encounter. Cup games always have to produce a winner and with only two minutes remaining, City's Yas Jackson was on hand to make sure the visitors progressed to face ICA Sports from Peterborough in the semi-final, on 2nd February next year.
Cambridge City 3 : 1 Chesterton Eagles (League Cup)
Football is all about fun (and a few goals now and again)
The young Lilywhites welcomed Chesterton Eagles to the Netherhall 3G pitch on Saturday for this League Cup semi-final fixture. This turned out to be a fantastic game of football to watch. Both sides delivering an exhibition of superb footballing skills. It was Chesterton that took the lead in the first half with a well taken strike. However, continual pressure from the home side eventually paid off and they managed to find the net three times to book a place in the final next year. Both teams should be very proud of themselves. Great spirit, great sportsmanship (or should it be sportsgirlship?)
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