Cambridge United Ladies 5 Norwich City Ladies 4: Penalty heartbreak for Canaries
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Norwich City Ladies were on the wrong end of a nine-goal thriller away to Cambridge United Ladies.
After early opportunities at both ends, Norwich seized the lead when Aimee Durrant netted from 20 yards out.
Cambridge then took the game to Norwich and on the half hour mark Nicole Perschky headed home despite the best efforts of City goalkeeper Laura Hartley.
Four minutes later Cambridge struck again, Carrie Bennett's cross not met by the incoming Perschky, creeping in at the far post.
With half-time looming Norwich mounted a series of attacks and Kyla Love turned a cross past the keeper to level matters and just before the break Ellen Swift's left-footed strike from the edge of the box made it 3-2 to the Canaries.
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Cambridge started the second half the better side and made it 3-3 when Carolyn Sarafian scored with a looping header. The hosts hit the front when Laura Mills finished clinically but Norwich responded well and Swift's second goal of the afternoon restored parity.
The match looked to be heading for a draw before Cambridge's Evie Gallop was adjudged to have been brought down by Jodie Drake in the box.
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Perschky stepped up and struck the ball to Hartley's right and, although the young keeper made an excellent save, the ball rebounded to Perschky, who made no mistake.
Norwich's next match sees them take on MK Dons Ladies on Sunday, April 23.