St Ives Town Ladies 4 P & L Motors 2
Date: Sunday 12th March 2017
Kick Off: 2pm
Competition: Cambs League Cup
St Ives Town Ladies played their delayed League Cup quarter final on Sunday, and progressed to a home semi final meeting with Cambridge United res on 26th March courtesy of a 4-2 victory against Peterborough side P&L Diamonds.
The Saints started well, but after a decent first 10 minutes they began to be put under pressure from a good P&L Diamonds side. Ives keeper Kira Markwell was called into action on two occasions early on to save her defence when the visitors were given clear opportunities to score, but could do nothing when Hannah Seymour-Shove attempted to block a cross on 25 minutes, only to see the ball deflect into the net. The unfortunate nature of the goal only seemed to make the Ives more determined, and now they began to settle into their passing game. A slight change to formation gave the home side more options going forward, and this provided them with the equaliser when a shot from distance on 35 minutes was only parried into the path of Amy-Seymour Shove, who made no mistake from close range as she tucked the ball into the net.
The Ives keeper then showed exactly why she is so highly regarded when the P&L striker broke in behind the Ives defence, but just as she shaped to shoot Markwell sprinted off her line and blocked the shot before pouncing on the rebound. Keeping the scores level at this point was a huge boost for the home side, especially with the save coming so soon after they had equalised.
Ives now really had the measure of their opponents, who also fielded two dual registered player from 2 leagues higher PNS Ladies, and began to gain confidence from the goal. On another of their now frequent attacks, Connie Liddiard picked up the ball and after beating her player in midfield, unleashed a shot from fully 25 yards that the visiting keeper couldn’t keep out. This gave St Ives a 2-1 half time lead that looked very unlikely after the first 30 minutes.
The Saints started the second half exactly as they had ended the first, with some excellent passing and inter play which caused the visitors plenty of trouble. The Saints ladies extended their lead at around the hour mark when the hard working Hannah Seymour-Shove picked up a loose ball on the edge of the area and fired an excellent shot past the visiting keeper. Following Ben Seymour-Shove’s goal for the first team on Saturday, his two sisters scoring in this game meant that it was a hat trick of St Ives goals for the family over the weekend.
The third goal didn’t see St Ives let up on their work rate and passing, as they kept pushing forwards at every opportunity. By this point, substitutes had been introduced to the game and it was one of these that set up the third goal. Sophie Marheineke danced past two players in the centre of the pitch before finding a sumptuous pass that split through the visitors defence for Georgia Stancombe to run on to and smash past the stranded P&L keeper. 4-1 and now the game was won.
P&L did manage to score a second goal right on full time as the ball fell kindly at the edge of the St Ives box and was lashed home in impressive style, but the game was already won by this point and the 4-2 win sees Ives making the semi Final of the League Cup, to go with their semi final appearance next week in the County Cup. All this just 18 months after they were formed. Player of the Match was shared by the energetic Connie Liddiard, and the very impressive Kira Markwell.