Sunday 18th October 2015 – Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup
Huntingdon Town Ladies vs St Ives Town Ladies
The Ives Lionesses were unlucky to bow out of the League Cup at the second round stage on Sunday. But they can all be proud of their efforts as they pushed higher division Huntingdon hard and were very unfortunate not to get something out of this game.
The first effort at goal after six minutes was a well struck drive from the corner of the box by Georgia Stancombe, unfortunately it was straight at the Huntingdon keeper who held on well.
This early foray was one of very few efforts on goal by the Lionesses in the first period, but their defence was dealing well with the Huntingdon threat and Mollie Berryman and Molly Flack in the centre of defence looking very solid. When the defence was penetrated keeper Kira Markwell was also on good form bravely blocking an effort at the feet of the Huntingdon left winger on 13 minutes and saving a crisp drive from the centre forward ten minutes before the break.
Georgia Rebane also produced the tackle of the match after 20 minutes coming out of nowhere to knock the ball away from the centre forward who thought she was clear and was just about to shoot.
Although they produced little in front of goal in the first period the Lionesses certainly matched their illustrious local rivals and started the second period confident that they were capable of an upset. But they fell behind in very unfortunate fashion only three minutes after the re-start. Keeper Markwell started to come for a long ball in from the right. Unfortunately centre back Berryman just beat her to it and powered an unstoppable header into the top corner of her own goal.
This setback only seemed to spur the Lionesses and from this point they started to take control of the game and chances started to come. Rebane fired a crisp drive just wide from 25 yards on 56 minutes. Seven minutes later a well weighted pass from Connie Liddiard put Stancombe clear down the right unfortunately no one could get a touch to her driven ball across the box.
St Ives kept pressing forward and on 70 minutes Sasha Smith was almost put clear by Rebane, but she was pushed wide and only found the keeper with her shot. Only one minute later a long Liddiard ball into the box got through to Stancombe in space eight yards out, but she hurried her shot as the keeper closed her down and the ball went just the wrong side of the post.
The equaliser that had looked like it was coming for a long time finally arrived on 75 minutes as Rebane fired in a crisp drive from 20 yards that the keeper blocked with her legs. Tierney Poore was first to react to the loose ball and headed it on to Stancombe who made no mistake this time firing home from ten yards.
After fighting so hard to get level the Lionesses just switched off for a few moments and were made to pay as Huntingdon scored the winner only two minutes later. A long ball into the box looked to be heading into the safe hands of Markwell, but no one spotted the late arriving left winger and she just beat the keeper to the ball to bravely head home the winner.
The Lionesses pushed hard for a second equaliser, but efforts from Rebane and Smith were both blocked away by defenders and it was a mighty relieved Huntingdon side that progressed to the next round, but they certainly knew they had been in a game and on this form the Lionesses should continue to mount a big challenge in Division One of the S Tech League.
Hannah Seymour-Shove won the player of the match award for an all action midfield display winning the ball on numerous occasions and using it well.
Get along and see the Ladies if you can, I am sure they will be pleased of your support. Home games are played at St Ivo Outdoor Centre on Sunday afternoons 2.00pm kick off.
St Ives team : Markwell, Williams, Bevens, Liddiard, Berryman, Stancombe, Flack, Seymour-Shove, Poore, Smith (capt.), Ford
Substitutes: Martin, Rebane (both used roll on/roll off)
Goals : Stancombe
Player of the Match : Hannah Seymour-Shove
Final Score : Huntingdon Town Ladies 2 St Ives Town Ladies 1