Premier class is beyond Ipswich
WOMEN'S SOCCER: Tranmere Ladies 6 Ipswich Town Ladies 0. Ipswich were outclassed by their Premier League opponents and were unceremoniously dumped out of the Premier League Cup in this third round tie.
Tranmere Ladies 6 Ipswich Town Ladies 0
Ipswich were outclassed by their Premier League opponents and were unceremoniously dumped out of the Premier League Cup in this third round tie.
The game was played on a pitch that was heavy and unsteady underfoot but this did not stop the home side from playing a controlled game which often left Ipswich chasing shadows in the first half.
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Town started poorly by conceding a goal within a minute of play when a lack of urgency and ball-watching allowed Tranmere to get in behind the defence with ease.
The score was 2-0 within five minutes when Leanne Parker conceded a free-kick on the edge of the area. The impressive Hooley stepped up to fire a shot into the bottom corner of the net. Lunn managed to get hands on to the ball but failed to stop its path into goal.
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The home side were littered with pace and frequently forced Town on to the back foot. A perfect example came when Taylor left Holly Williams for dead and brought Tranmere their third goal after 15 minutes.
Ipswich improved markedly after the break as they started to compete, occasionally finding ways through the home defence without ever really troubling goal.
However the game was won by half-time and Tranmere were able to add three more goals to their tally after the break.
This was an eye-opener for Ipswich and their efforts to gain promotion to the National Division, against a team who have achieved this status and are flying high at the moment.
Tranmere were stronger, quicker, more technically adept and crucially hungry for success.
Ipswich team; Lunn, Dooley, Parker, Ives, Pleasance, Arnold, Farrow, Williams, Bass (Green 60), Balaam, Allum (Sandlan 70).
IPSWICH will be looking to get back to winning ways in the league on Sunday, November 27, when they entertain Bristol City in the Premier League Southern Division.
Kick-off is 2pm at Bent Lane, Rushmere, admission £2 for adults with children free.