Lady Citizens complete double over champs Ipswich
PUBLISHED: 17:59 29 April 2008 | UPDATED: 22:00 26 October 2009
South East Women s Combination League Ipswich Town Ladies 2 Welwyn Garden City Ladies 4 WGC Ladies completed the league double over title winners Ipswich Town on Sunday to claim the runners-up spot. The Citizens roared to an impressive 4-2 win after four
South East Women's Combination League
Ipswich Town Ladies 2 Welwyn Garden City Ladies 4
WGC Ladies completed the league double over title winners Ipswich Town on Sunday to claim the runners-up spot.
The Citizens roared to an impressive 4-2 win after four first-half goals from Faye Rees, Sinead Kerr and a Dawn Mallett brace.
With one game of the season left to play, the Herns Lane side will finish second regardless of their result against AFC Wimbledon this Sunday.
Quick distribution from keeper Verity Crook, under the watching eyes of an England scout, and sharp movement from forwards Naomi Lyon, Rees and Mallett caused the Suffolk side's defence problems from the first whistle.
Welwyn's opening goal came with three minutes on the clock.
Keeper Crook gathered a Town free-kick and raced to the edge of her area.
The stopper picked out Lyon with a long clearance. She in turn found Rees, who netted.
Welwyn made it two from a corner as Mallett knocked in Kerr's cross.
It was 3-0 when Crook delivered a free-kick from inside her half into the home side's area.
It was only half cleared to Mallett, who steadied herself 20 yards out before firing an unstoppable volley under the bar.
WGC's fourth goal had a touch of good fortune about it.
Once again Crook played a long ball forward to Lyon and her square pass found the supporting Rees 10 yards out.
Her mishit shot was spilled by the keeper and Kerr slid in to score.
Ipswich began the second half firmly on the front foot, and pulled a goal back within two minutes of the restart.
Missed tackles on Welwyn's right allowed a cross to be sent into the area where a firm header beat Crook.
Injuries forced substitutions and unsettled Welwyn for a while.
An Ipswich free-kick on 66 minutes was fired low into the Welwyn area, where in her attempt to collect the ball amongst bodies Crook fumbled it.
An Ipswich player reacted quickest to the loose ball to pull a second goal back.
Determined defending by Welwyn following a nervy passage of play saw them play their way back into the game.
Rees and Lyon both went close, while Ipswich's best chances in the rest of the match came from dead balls delivered into the box.
WGC Ladies play AFC Wimbledon on Sunday.
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