AFC Sudbury 0 Lowestoft Ladies 0 (Sudbury win 2-1 on penalties)
The Lowestoft Ladies bow out of the Suffolk County Cup at the Quarter Final stages on penalties.
The Lowestoft Ladies bow out of the Suffolk County Cup at the Quarter Final stages on penalties, following a goalless 120 minutes of football against AFC Sudbury.
The Lowestoft Town Ladies travelled to Sudbury for their County Cup Quarter Final match and on a pitch barely playable it was Sudbury who asserted early on and but for some great goalkeeping from Chloe Pierce and last ditch defending from the imperious Kate Pasque, Lowestoft could easily of been two goals down.
Chances were few and far between for Lowestoft in the first half and despite them enjoying a good last twenty minutes the match remained goalless at the break.
In the second half the introduction of Marcie Prettyman and Sophie Baker seemed to work as Lowestoft gained the upper hand and but for some acrobatic saves from the Sudbury keeper, Lowestoft would of gained a grip on the game. On seventy minutes a shot from Sophie Baker appeared to cross the line as the Sudbury keeper fell into the back of the net but despite the protests from the Lowestoft players, no goal was awarded.
With the two teams still level at full time the match went to extra time which was reduced to ten minutes per half because of the fading light. It was during this period that Lowestoft should have gained a deserved victory, as first Amber Rowland rounded the keeper but was horribly rugby tackled to the ground. The referee waited until the player had received lengthy medical treatment before astonishingly only issuing a yellow card. Then with less than two minutes to go the flag from the Sudbury linesman for once was not raised and the attempt of Natasha Thomas to round the Sudbury keeper was thwarted by a great smothering tackle.
The game remained goalless after extra time with the match going to the dreaded penalties and despite converting their first effort, Lowestoft failed to convert another spot kick and their efforts at reaching the County Cup Final for the third year in a row were cruelly denied. Every one of the Lowestoft Town Ladies put in a real shift and deserve maximum praise for their commitment and effort. Lady luck has not been on their side in any of the cup competitions this season and they are hoping it returns when they need it most for their table topping league encounters against Bedford and Billericay.
Special mention this week goes to Chloe Pierce, who at sixteen has already shown she is a top drawer goalkeeper and Amber Rowland who has now adopted a great work ethic to add to her vast array of skills.