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Destruction derby! Zoe Cossey bags a hat-trick as Ipswich Town crush Norwich City

Ipswich Town players Miagh Downey and Zoe Cossey celebrate Amanda Crump's goal. Picture: ROSS HALLS

Ipswich Town players Miagh Downey and Zoe Cossey celebrate Amanda Crump's goal. Picture: ROSS HALLS

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FA Women’s Premier League South East Division One

Ipswich Town 8

Norwich City 1

Ipswich Town Ladies claimed an East Anglian derby double as they saw off their local rivals with a phenomenal 8-1 hiding of Norwich City at Felixstowe & Walton United’s Goldstar Ground last night, writes Kieren Standley.

Ipswich Town hat-trick hero Zoe Cossey. Picture: ROSS HALLS Ipswich Town hat-trick hero Zoe Cossey. Picture: ROSS HALLS

Goals from Roxy Small, Amanda Crump, Lindsey Cooper, Miagh Downey, Sophie Welton and a hat-trick for winger Zoe Cossey saw the Blues to a memorable victory.

It took Town just six minutes to open the scoring. Cossey crossed from the left hand side and found an unmarked Small at the back post, who calmly slid home.

Ten minutes later, Town doubled their advantage. Cossey cut in from the left hand side and her cross went all the way through, nestling in the far corner.

Lindsey Cooper making it 4-0 to Ipswich. Picture: ROSS HALLS Lindsey Cooper making it 4-0 to Ipswich. Picture: ROSS HALLS

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The Blues were soon further in front. Cassie Craddock played a perfectly weighted through ball to send Crump one on one and the skipper showed great composure to tuck the ball in the bottom left corner.

A couple of minutes later and it was four. This time Crump turned provider as her corner was met by defender Cooper with a bullet header.

Ipswich Town players celebrate Roxy Small's goall. Picture: ROSS HALLS Ipswich Town players celebrate Roxy Small's goall. Picture: ROSS HALLS

Town completed the first half rout when City keeper Elish Brogan fumbled the ball at the feet of Small, with the midfielder then able to lay the ball on a plate for Downey, to make it 5-0.

Four minutes after the restart, Norwich were awarded a penalty when Ipswich defender Jac Ball handled in the area.

City captain Grace Parker stepped up and fired the spot kick in the top right corner, giving Town stopper Sian Fagg absolutely no chance.

Miagh Downey celebrates with hat-trick hero Zoe Cossey. Picture: ROSS HALLS Miagh Downey celebrates with hat-trick hero Zoe Cossey. Picture: ROSS HALLS

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After a resurgent spell from the visitors, Town soon re-extended their cushion. Substitute Welton latched on to a ball over the top and her side foot shot beat Brogan to her right hand side.

It would soon be seven for the Blues. Cossey once again cut in from the left, played an excellent 1-2 with forward Natasha Thomas and slotted the return ball past the onrushing ‘keeper to claim her second goal of the night.

Ipswich Town winger Sophie Welton. Picture: ROSS HALLS Ipswich Town winger Sophie Welton. Picture: ROSS HALLS

Town capped off an incredible evening as Cossey got her hat-trick and fifth goal against Norwich this season. Cutting in from the left again, she drove at the Norwich defence and burst into the area, firing her shot past Brogan with the help of the far post.

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The result sees the Tractor Girls just two points off of top in the FA Women’s Premier League South East Division One. The Blues are back in action this Sunday as they take on Walsham-le-Willows at home in the Suffolk County Cup.

Ipswich Town defender Harriett Petley. Picture: ROSS HALLS Ipswich Town defender Harriett Petley. Picture: ROSS HALLS

Town XI: Fagg (GK), Ball, Petley, Cooper, Arnoup (Moore), Small (Welton), Crump (C), Craddock, Cossey, Thomas, Downey (Henry).

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