St Ives Town Ladies 4 Isleham United Ladies 0
Date: Sunday 2nd October 2016
Kick Off: 2:00pm
Competition: Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup
Ground Address: One Leisure, California Road, St Ives, PE27 6SJ
St Ives Ladies opened up their League Cup campaign, and played their first home game of the season, with the visit of Isleham United Ladies. Isleham arrived in good form, having scored a total of 13 goals in their 3 games this season, but were no match for the impressive Saints who came into this game off the back of a 3-0 defeat at Netherton. The game started in a somewhat scrappy fashion, both sides giving away possession too easily, but the pattern soon became one of more sustained pressure from the home side as the game progressed. The pressure finally resulted in a goal for St Ives when Hannah Seymour-Shove opened her account for the season, slotting coolly past the advancing Isleham keeper. St Ives now settled into their passing rhythm and shortly after her first, Hannah Seymour-Shove doubled her tally and that of the home side with another very well taken goal. St Ives were now looking confident in possession, and the excellent Amy Seymour-Shove was proving a constant danger every time she was on the ball, with Phoebe Webb providing the cover for her in midfield. Ives extended their lead further just before half time when a pinpoint pass from Sasha Smith found Jade Carpenter, who timed her run to perfection before giving the visiting keeper no chance with her powerful shot. A good first half from St Ives.
Second half didn’t see the goals of the first half, but it did see St Ives take complete control of the game. They kept possession well, and found themselves in the opposition half for most of the second 45 minutes. Amy Seymour-Shove was once again involved in a lot of the good work from the home side, both in and out of possession. The only thing lacking was better finishing as the chances continued to be squandered. Indeed it seemed at one point that St Ives would fail to convert all their pressure in the second half into a goal, but that changed when Sasha Smith was reintroduced and within minutes scored direct from a corner. Ives had more chances before the end of the game, which they failed to convert, but can be more than happy with their performance.
Joint Player of the Match went to Amy Seymour-Shove and Phoebe Webb.