Sunday 12th September
Ipswich Town 1-0 London Bees
Ipswich line up –
Jackson (GK), Hubbard, Hughes, Egan, Cooper, Robertson, King, Barratt, Grey, Biggs, Thomas
Subs – A.Jackson, Peskett, Quantrill, Telford
Ipswich Town progress to the next round of the cup, following a 1-0 win over London Bees in Felixstowe. A game where Town dominated but struggled to make their chances count. The Tractor Girls were on the front foot from the off, retaining possession and control of the ball, and it didn’t take long for them to make an impact. Zoe Barratt proved too much for the Bess defence to handle and produced a cross that found Anna Grey but the ball was scooped over.
Maddie Biggs has been firing on all cylinders so far, and nearly got herself on the scoresheet again. Natasha Thomas lofted the ball into the area, Biggs made a brilliant first touch to take her marker out of the equation and, with her back to goal, hit the ball on the turn but it trickled wide at the far post. From live viewing, it looked like she didn’t catch it quite right, she was one on one with the keeper and she will be disappointed not to put it away.
Biggs was presented another chance shortly after, when Summer Hughes delivered a pin point cross to the far post but Biggs’s header goes wide.
Zoe Barratt has impressed this season and topped her week off with another goal, following the one she scored in a midweek Academy game against Arsenal. The young Winger skipped past two players before making her way inside from the right wing, switched the ball to her left foot and bent a beautiful shot into the far corner out of the keepers reach to give Joe Sheehan’s side the lead.
The second half included more chances for Town, but struggled to put them away. Bees nearly got their way back into the game, but Keeper Leonie Jackson made a superb save to tip the ball onto the cross bar and was lumped up before anymore danger could develop.
Zoe Barratt got herself involved again, teaming up with Summer Hughes down the right side of the pitch. Barratt skips past multiple opponents before playing Hughes in down the right wing, Summer skips inside and goes for goal but the ball goes narrowly over the bar.
Anna Grey caused trouble down the left side also, crossing low into the area, but Thomas couldn’t quite reach it to tap it home.
Barratt involved again as she goes for her second goal from distance but the ball skims the top of the net as it passes over the goal.
It’s unusual for our Full Backs to go for goal, but Eva Hubbard had other ideas. Not seeing an option to move forward, the Left Back took it upon herself to have a strike from range and very nearly succeeded, crashing against the post with the keeper beaten and King’s rebound found the stand behind the goal.
Zoe Barratt was determined to get her second goal but was this time denied by the keepers finger tips that just about pushed the ball over the goal.
Much like the Cardiff game, Town had the chances to see a bigger score but the ball just doesn’t seem to be falling into the right places. Joe Sheehan, after the game mentioned that it’s something they need to work on going forward.
The Ups and Downs
Leonie Jackson got her first start of the season between the sticks and made a brilliant save to deny London Bees in the second half. Academy prospect Leonie Telford made the bench for the first time, yet another young player coming through the ranks. Many see this cup as one we could win, so progressing will be a big positive for the players.
Player Of The Match
Zoe Barratt’s second one of the season. The young Winger is making big strides since her promotion to the First Team and giving the Town manager something to think about each week.
Zoe’s creative flair made numerous chances in this game, and her goal was brilliant. She showed great close ball control to skip past the two opposing players and cut inside to find space to shoot from. Bees Left Back couldn’t keep up with Barratt and no matter how often she tried to stick with her, Zoe found more open space to run into. Zoe teaming up with Summer Hughes down that side of the pitch was a joy to watch and gives us fans more to look forward to from 2 young talents.
I thought the officials in this game got everything correct, although the game didn’t really produce anything to cause the ref any issues. The game was fairly incident free with Town controlling the game start to finish. Rating 7/10