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Sunday 18th October
Ipswich Town 10-0 Peterborough Northern Star
Williamson, Rossiter, Cooper, Egan, Hubbard, Lafayette, King, Sutherland, Abrehart, Barrett, Thomas
Meollo, Grey, Allen, Peake, Peskett, Billson, Adamson, Brasero
Perfect Send-off –
This game marked the farewell for popular Ipswich Town Coach Paige Shorten. After spending so long at the club and helping produce some brilliant young players, Paige is leaving the club for pastures new as she takes up a new position with the FA. Everyone at the club, I’m sure will miss her presence but wish her all the best on her new journey.
Debut Appearance –
Young Midfielder Sarah Brasero made her first team debut in the second half when she replaced Eloise King, making her the youngest ever player to play for Ipswich Town Women. A good showing from the youngster which saw her get a debut assist as she put the ball on a plate for Zoe Barrett to put in the net midway in the second half.
Key Events –
Just like last weeks Post Match Verdict, what do you say about a 10-0 win?, another brilliant team performance, lots of goals and another clean sheet. But it was a chance for some less used players to make their mark.
Amy-Leigh Abrehart certainly done that, causing the Peterborough NS full back a headache trying to stop her pace and close ball control from skipping past her repeatedly, Eloise King got her first goal of the season with some brilliant skill to give the keeper the slip and be greeted by an open goal and Zoe Barrett continued to find the net from the left wing when she found herself inside the box with the goal at her mercy.
One player I always find goes under the radar is Molly Sutherland. Yet again she showed why she could be joining the likes of King, Peskett and Peake, among other, in the England call ups in the not so distant future. Molly opened the scoring today with a beautiful 25 yard strike that hit the postage stamp in the top corner after minutes. The young Centre Midfielder seems to just get better each time she enters the team and provides her fair share of goals and assists, and today was no different as she played a stunning through ball for Eloise King to round the keeper and get her goal. I don’t think it will be long before we see her being a permanent starter each week in Joe Sheehan’s midfield.
Natasha Thomas made sure she was the name on fans lips with another Hat-trick, making it 2 in 2 games now. Thomas got 4 goals in this FA Cup Qualifier bringing her tally to 7 goals in the last 2 games. It’s no wonder teams have being trying to tempt her away from Suffolk. Her opening goal come from a goalmouth scramble after a corner kick which saw the Ipswich number 7 nod the ball home on the 12 minute mark. 26 minutes in and Natasha is proving hot to handle again, an Abrehart free kick is headed clear by the defender but only to the edge of the box, where the Town goal getter fires the ball into the bottom corner with a bullet of a volley. The Hat-trick was complete just 2 minutes later when an Abrehart cross was met by the Ipswich Striker to buried home for another match ball performance.
Just before the break, Ipswich centre half Lindsey Cooper took a knock and Joe Sheehan didn’t see it worthwhile risking her and she was replaced by Paige Peake as a precautionary measure.
Yet again, Zoe Barrett continues to make her stand for the first team. Despite starting on the left and having a quite first half as most the play was down the opposite side, she still found ways of causing trouble for the Peterborough NS defence. Linking up with debutant, Sarah Brasero just after the hour mark to find herself in front of goal and placing the ball to the left of the keeper and into the bottom corner. Another youngster who could force herself into Joe Sheehan’s plans but has tough opposition from Maddie Biggs and Natasha Thomas.
Sumer signing, Georgia Allen joined the action at half time when she replaced Abbie Lafayette. Controlling the midfield and bringing the forward players into play, Allen was making the visitors work hard to regain possession and got on the scoresheet herself after 25 minutes of the second half. Paige Peake’s corner found its way to the far post where Georgia was waiting to stab it home.
Amy-Leigh Abrehart put on a show for the fans and after working hard to set up her team mates, she eventually got a goal herself when the ball fell to her after another goalmouth scramble, topping off a Player Of The Match performance.
Goal number 10 came in added time and it was number 4 for Natasha Thomas. Georgia Allen put the ball in the box and Thomas’s initial shot was blocked but she made no mistake the 2nd time and fired the ball home to round off a big win and progress Ipswich Town into the next round of the FA Cup.
The Ups and Downs –
This part should really just be called “The Ups”, because, simply, there was no downs today, maybe the spots of rain during the game?, but that just sums up how good the game was for Ipswich. I guess Paige Shorten’s farewell would be the only downside really.
Another youngster making her first team debut, clean sheet, 10 goals, and another Thomas Hat-trick. Fair to say Joe Sheehan won’t be losing any sleep at the moment!.
Zoe Barrett put on a good show again and shows signs of promise for the future, and Sarah Brasero looked really good on the ball with good energy to recover it after losing possession.
Player Of The Match –
4 goals for Thomas so surely she gets POTM? wrong. Although I feel bad not handing it to her, and she must be thinking we have some sort of vendetta against her after not giving it her last week, and now after banging in 4 goals, but that just shows how well Amy-Leigh Abrehart played.
The winger is well on her way to an England camp if she continues her form. Amy-Leigh caused no end of problems for the defenders, not just stopping her crosses but also stopping her cutting into the box. In the absence of our usual set play taker, Paige Peake, Amy-Leigh stepped up and provided some brilliant balls that resulted in assisting a few goals.
Her constant pressure on the back line caused them to fold in the first half which paved the way for Ipswich to be 6-0 up inside the first half hour of the match.
Joe’s words –
Joe’s past match interview focused on the continued high energy performance from the Tractor Girls and pleased to be heading into the next round of the cup.
“Same as last week, positive performance, positive result and into the next round”
“Good opportunity for us today to change a few players around”
“I don’t think we started as bright as we’d have liked”
Sam Wigington was the referee for this encounter and had a fairly decent game making correct decisions and not really putting a foot wrong, although I’ll only be giving him a 7/10 rating for the simple fact he did seem reluctant to dish out some cards until late on into the game. As the game headed towards the break, some Peterborough NS players started to lose their heads and making rash challenges. A couple of notable slide tackles from behind on Ipswich players which should really have been given as bookings but didn’t come to fruition, resulting in some of the visitors getting away with rough tackles before the referee deciding to get his book out. Better late then never!. 7/10