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Friday, September 21, 2012
Norwich City Ladies had to surrender a little bit of East Anglian pride last night as they were swept aside by their Ipswich Town counterparts in the South East Combination League.
It may have lacked the bitter intensity of a packed Portman or Carrow Road, but Ipswich Town Ladies’ victory over their Norwich City counterparts proved just as sweet – this time for those in blue.
After all, Ipswich’s lowly male counterparts are hardly setting the world on fire and the last two derby games... well, let’s just say the Canaries were laughing all the way to the Premier League after smashing their rivals to the tune of nine goals in two massive victories.
Last night, it was Ipswich who were on the ball from the first whistle and gave a healthy crowd at Ipswich Wanderers’ ground plenty to shout about.
Three first-half goals – two of them fortuitous – all but killed the game off with the visitors lacking a cutting edge in the final third, especially in the second half.
A good crowd witnessed a feisty encounter at Ipswich Wanderers’ ground, with the Blues’ ladies being led out by juniors from AFC Kesgrave.
Once the action began, those same juniors were on their feet, screaming and shouting for the entire first half as Ipswich tried their best to break down the Canaries’ defence.
Jess Taylor, a tricky left winger, was proving to be a thorn in the side of City, for whom full-back Naomi Cooper was often left exposed in defensive areas.
The signs looked ominous when the powerful Michelle Allum broke at pace and thundered a right-foot volley against the bar on nine minutes, with goalkeeper Fiona Coombes well off her line.
That lifted the hosts and within three minutes, they had taken the lead.
A vicious shot from the edge of the area proved tricky for Coombes to hold and the ball bounced off her body and into the path of Aimee Harrison who snaffled up the rebound from close range.
Norwich were trying to utilise the pace of Cooper going forward, but on most occasions, their attacking play broke down with Ipswich goalkeeper Alice Rayner collecting several hopeful through balls.
At 1-0, the visitors knew they had a chance on the break but they were left deflated on 34 minutes Lauren Cartwright was in the right place at the right time to walk the ball into the goal after the unfortunate Coombes’ parried save bounced straight into her path.
Two minutes before the half-time break, Ipswich just about wrapped up the game – and their fourth win out of six in this campaign in the league.
Amanda Everett’s through ball was latched onto by Allum and the striker made no mistake, beating Coombes with a clinical, early finish from the edge of the box.
The second half saw Norwich prove more frugal in defence with centre-backs Kate Parsons and Sasha Diston in good form and the diminutive Cooper carrying on where she left off in the first half.
The Canaries’ main efforts were hopeful chances from distance and it was Town who almost scored again, but a combination of Coombes and then Parsons, clearing off the line, denied substitute Rosi Webb from grabbing the hosts’ fourth of the evening.
Angus Gunn has signed his first professional contract with Manchester City – but no one should doubt the strength of his Norwich City roots.