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Women's Reserves quash QPR

PUBLISHED: 19:00 05 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:29 03 March 2010

STRIKE duo Lisa Culley and Cristabel Nye inspired Ipswich Town Women's Reserves to a comfortable victory over QPR in their opening league match of the campaign.

STRIKE duo Lisa Culley and Cristabel Nye inspired Ipswich Town Women's Reserves to a comfortable victory over QPR in their opening league match of the campaign.

The unfortunate last-minute cancellation of the scheduled first team fixture – following the withdrawal of Barnet Ladies from the National Southern Division – enabled Ipswich to field a few senior fringe players.

And Culley and Nye were both on target in a 6-0 Reserve Combination rout.

It was obvious from the opening exchanges that Rangers were going to struggle to cope with the excellent movement of the hosts' frontline as Culley and Nye caused the opposition defenders all sorts of problems.

However a combination of good goalkeeping and wasteful finishing meant that Ipswich had to wait until the 25th minute before opening their account for the season.

The goal came from the penalty spot and was despatched with some confidence by Kelly Gentle following a cynical foul on Culley. That was a relief to the home supporters as Town had already missed one penalty just five minutes earlier!

The second goal wasn't long arriving and was despatched with equal precision by Anna Everett after Nye had wriggled her way past a cluster of defenders on the edge of the visitors' penalty area.

Ipswich were disappointed to have established only a two-goal advantage at the break.

But they began the second half in great fashion when on 47 minutes Culley released Nye through the middle for the lively striker to chip the QPR goalkeeper.

The home side were now in complete control and scored a fourth goal almost immediately through Culley.

By now Leanne Parker and Stacey Balaam were running the game in midfield and Ipswich were starting to show the type of football that their hard work in pre-season had warranted.

Further chances were not far away as Kate Roofe linked well with Everett down the left flank. And it was Roofe who completed the demolition with two well-taken headed goals in the 65th and 70th minutes.

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