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Eastern Region Women's Premier League
Brentwood Town 1 : 3 Cambridge City
Despite four seasons of weather in one 90 minute match, City Ladies once again showed their grit and determination to come home from Essex with a deserving 1-3 win at Brentwood as they seek to secure a third promotion in four years. On a pitch looking more like the aftermath of a wet Glastonbury festival, it was always going to be a tricky encounter and with strong winds it was not easy to get the ball down and play. City created a number of half chances in the first half but were unable to convert them into goals and the teams went into the break all square. The timing of the interval was somewhat fortunate, given that the referee's whistle signalled the arrival of monsoon rains with a bit of hail thrown in too. However, by the time the referee blew for the start of the second half, sunglasses were out - but jackets definitely remained on for the spectators!
Carla Penny had an eventful game for City as she started off in goal due to the delayed arrival of goalkeeper Tee Mhunduru and Penny was then first to strike when smashing home a left foot half volley to break the deadlock early in the second half. As the game progressed, the visitors took more control and looked much the better side, despite some robust challenges from Brentwood who looked to unsettle the Lilywhites. Their tactics didnít work though as Shannon Shaw was in good form with two very well taken goals to give City a deserved three nil lead.
A determined Amy Reed just about to win the ball
The only disappointment on what was a great day for City, with two of their closest rivals losing, was conceding a late goal after previously keeping four clean sheets.
City travel to Wymondham next Sunday, but tomorrow (Tuesday) they will be looking to retain the Cambs Women's Invitation Cup against Cambridge United.
S-Tech Womenís League Cup Semi-Final
Cambridge City 8 : 0 Wisbech Town
City were expecting a hard game on the back of Wisbech's recent good run of results but today the home side put in a dominant display and in the end they were comfortable winners.
In the opening exchanges the game was fairly even. The Wisbech no 9 in particular was holding the ball up very well for the visitors, allowing other players to be brought into the game.
After 17 minutes (and pleasing to the coaching staff) City took the lead after playing out from the back. City keeper Hannah Lock threw the ball to right full back Lucy Hurst who found Becky Langthorne down the line. Having made some ground, Langthorne found Ellie Cullum who was on hand to receive in centre midfield. The ball was then threaded through for Yas Crow to drive in from the left wing and beat the visiting keeper at the second attempt after the first was blocked. It was two nil ten minutes later when Rachel Pearce hit a beautifully weighted pass over the top for Langthorne to race clear and hit a powerful drive past the keeper from the right hand side of the 18 yard box. Two more goals in four minutes just before half time virtually sealed the tie. Firstly, Freya Standing picked up a loose ball and hit a tremendous drive from twenty yards into the roof of the net and then she scored again at the far post after a good run and cross from the byline from Langthorne.
At the break, City had a comfortable four nil advantage
The second half was only 15 seconds old when Standing completed her hat trick. Having picked the ball up near the half way line she drove through the Wisbech defence before hitting a fierce left footed drive in to the bottom right corner of goal from twenty yards. City were now keeping the pressure on the Wisbech defence and a series of Rachel Pearce corners led to the final three goals when the Wisbech defence could not clear their lines. Rachel Littlewood scored from edge of box when she drove home through a ruck of players, Anna Kanz picked up a clearance left side of the box and hit a superb drive in to top right hand corner and finally Lucy Hurst volleyed home from 15 yards.
This was a commanding performance from the Development Team who played most of the game on the front foot and at a good tempo.
The Player of the Match award was split between Bella Simmons and Freya Standing.
City will now face Cambridge University Women in the final on Thursday 11th April. The venue is yet to be confirmed.
Cambridge City 16 : 2 Priory Parkside
City scorers: Issy Bryant x 7, Amie Fullwood x 4, Freya Standing x 3, Jessica Douglas and Sally Phelps
Cambridge City 9 : 1 Histon Hornets
City scorers: Issy Bryant x 3, Bella Ely x 2, Milly Clarke, Tiana Walker Yael Benyamin and Maddie McInnes
City looking to drive forward again
Cambridge City 6 : 2 ICA Sports (Peterborough)
City scorers: Lucy Short x 3, Emily White x 2, Daisy King
City win this particular battle for possession
League Cup Semi-Final
Cambridge City 4 : 1 ICA Sports (Peterborough)
After six weeks without a fixture, it was Cup Semi Final time for the girls when they hosted ICA Sports at Netherhall. The visitors currently sit top of the Blue Division and need just one more win to win their league, so this was always likely to be a close match. With the terrible wind out to disrupt proceedings, City chose to play with the wind in the first half, playing some nice football and going up 2-0 with goals from Amelia and the best goal of the season so far from Yas. ICA pulled one back just before half time. The second half, against the elements, turned out to probably be the best 30 minutes they have played this season, with two further goals coming from Kia and Crista. City will now face Coton in the final at Newmarket on the 11th May.
Cambridge City v Cambourne United
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