Ipswich women bow out of cup

A SUPPORTIVE home crowd of 200 - the highest of the season - saw Ipswich Town Women lose 7-0 in the fourth round of the FA Women's Cup to a very professional Birmingham City Ladies at Woodbridge Town's ground on Sunday.

A SUPPORTIVE home crowd of 200 - the highest of the season - saw Ipswich Town Women lose 7-0 in the fourth round of the FA Women's Cup to a very professional Birmingham City Ladies at Woodbridge Town's ground on Sunday.

Ipswich started confidently and during the early period did well to contain the visitors, who numbered several internationals in their squad.

Maria Ballard opened City's account, heading above keeper Chaz Poulton's head following a free kick on the right-hand edge of the area.

A good midfield move by Karen Carney and Heather Scheuber put Ballard in for her second, to be followed three minutes later when Carney - who figured in England's Euro 2005 squad - capitalised on Town's failure to clear from defence.

City were dominant in midfield and quick to close Town down, Laura Bassett hitting home a rebound from the crossbar after 34 minutes.

Ballard completed her hat-trick just before the interval, hitting home a low cross from Ellen Maggs.

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Town started positively in the second half, Sarah Dooley shooting just over the bar following a pacy run down the left flank by Justine Peacock.

Promising passing moves broke down too frequently, however, and Sally Lacey volleyed in City's sixth after 67 minutes, with Kirsty Robson completing the scoring nine minutes from time.

Town's closest chance saw a shot from captain Helen Bass strike the crossbar two minutes from the final whistle.

“This was a great opportunity to play against some of the country's best,” said Town coach Steve Cooper. “And we'll use it as a stepping stone to progress further into the future.”

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