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Eastern Region Women's League Cup - Quarter Final
Cambridge City 2 : 0 Colney Heath
Cambridge City booked their place in the semi-final of the Eastern Region League Cup with a 2-0 win against fellow premier league side Colney Heath. Playing at Girton College due to their normal ground being unavailable it didnít take long for City to settle down in their new surroundings and they were soon on the front foot playing some decent attacking football and creating a number of chances. After good work from Amy Reed on the right she cut the ball back for Carla Penny but her shot cannoned off the underside of the bar and away to safety.
Penny then turned provider with a neat pass to put Bella Simmons through who made no mistake to slot past the oncoming keeper with a well-placed shot in to the corner. The score remained 1-0 with Colney coming more in to the game as the half progressed as conditions became tricky in the strong wind.
Scorer of City's second goal - Amy Reed
City started the second half very well and were again the more attacking side with a number of opportunities created but not taken. This was until Amy Reed stepped up to float a free kick in from distance which eluded the Colney keeper as it sailed in over her head in to the top left hand corner. A few chances came and went with both sides crashing shots against the bar but as the final whistle blew it is was the Lilywhites who progress in to the next round where they will play Harlow Town at home on Sunday 14th April.
Cambs FA Women's Junior Invitation Cup - Semi Final
Cambridge City 5 : 0 March Town
With Trinity unavailable at the weekend, the Ladies Development team travelled across town to play March at Cherry Hinton recreation ground. With an extremely strong wind, coupled with a noticeable slope, this was always going to be a game of two halves. City won the toss and decided to kick against the wind in the first half. It appeared that March arrived with a game plan to sit deep and defend in numbers whilst maintaining a good shape. This plan pretty much worked during the first half, as the home side were restricted to just one goal which in fact was an own goal, scored a few minutes before half time. Up to this point, City had played some decent possession football and frequently switched play in an attempt to try and get around the visitor's defence, but they had squandered a few good chances when well placed to score. At half time, City held a slender one nil lead.
With the advantage of the wind behind them in the second period, City were able to increase the amount of possession they had enjoyed before the break, with March struggling to get out of their own half. Constantly pressing the visitor's defence, it was inevitable, given that they had no substitutes, that March would eventually tire and probably concede more goals, even though they showed some resolute defending, inspired by an excellent goalkeeping display from Tori Sharpe. The visitors stood firm until the 60th minute when City winger Freya Standing got to the byline and her cross found Yas Crow. Her first shot was palmed away by the keeper, but Rachel Pearce scored direct from the resulting corner when she used the wind well to curl the ball home. Five minutes later and City had increased their lead still further, when Standing, having received the ball from a throw-in, flicked the ball over her marker and volleyed it home from just inside the box. Midway through the half and Standing was involved again when she scored with a good near post header direct from another Rachel Pearce corner. With just minutes left to play, who else but Standing was on hand to complete her hat-trick with the best goal of the game. Jade Powell hit a great low pass out of defence down the right channel which Standing took in her stride, held off a strong challenge and drove second touch into the bottom right hand corner from twenty five yards.
After a professional performance, against a well organised and determined March side, Cambridge now go through to the final where they will face Fulbourn Bluebirds.
The Player of the Match award was shared between Freya Standing and Rachel Pearce.
Cambridge City 10 : 0 Royston Youth (League Cup Quarter Final)
St Ives 0 : 6 Cambridge City
With second placed ICA Sports not in action this weekend, City travelled to St Ives hoping to take advantage and widen the gap at the top. The first ten minutes were congested, with neither team able to get into any sort of stride. However, City got their noses in front when Issy Bryant connected with a Freya Goddard corner to open the scoring. Bryant added her second soon afterwards when she was provided for by Jess Wood. Winger Bella Ely made it three having shown determination to be first at a loose ball. Maddy McInnes hit a fierce strike from outside of the box to give the visitors a comfortable advantage at half time.
Milly Clarke determined to get control of the ball
The second half saw City take a firmer grip of the game. The defence remained resolute and was instrumental in initiating many forward moves. Libby MacDonald - Moore, making her City debut, looked composed and solid, as did the rest of the team. Two further goals were added in this second period. Katie Levatt, enjoying a spell up top, turned in the box and drove the ball home low with her left foot and then Ely completed her brace when she found the far post across goal.
The Player of the Match award went to Yara Ghidini
Eynesbury Rovers 0 : 5 Cambridge City
March Park Rangers 1 : 4 Cambridge City
PSG (Saffron Walden) 0 : 5 Cambridge City
On Saturday, the under 13s made the trip to Saffron Walden in search of an eleventh straight league win.
With four regular players unavailable, two girls from the under 12s stepped up to the mark and added to the squad numbers. So with their addition and confusion over the start time, an unfamiliar looking team took to the field to start the match.
Once City found their rhythm, they looked in control, but couldn't quite turn possession into goals in the first half. However, the belief in the squad started to show through and the players knew they were capable of getting the goals in time. Finally, Maayan Benyamin, returning to the team after a lengthy absence, turned the ball in at the back post after good work from Lucy Short. City were one nil to the good at the break.
The second half bought more City dominance and this time it was converted into goals. Top scorer Emily White added two to make it 29 for the season so far, whilst Bella Axelsson and Amelia Haynes got one apiece as City's firepower started to pay off. Erin Burling caused the PSG defence all sorts of problems as the game wore on, hitting the post twice and even a missed penalty didn't take the gloss off a convincing win.
Cambridge City v Cambourne United
City welcomed Cambourne to Girton recreation ground on Saturday. By all accounts, another exciting and entertaining encounter. Both teams contributed to a great game. The under 9s are clearly enjoying their Saturday mornings!
Saturday mornings only mean one thing - football
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