Barking 2 Lowestoft Ladies 1
The Lowestoft Ladies pay the price for missed chances, as they bow out of the League Cup with a 2-1 defeat at Barking.
It was always going to be a tough challenge for Lowestoft away to Barking in the League Cup, with Barking having been in good form in recent weeks.
On a very heavy and rutted pitch, partially submerged in leaves, the notion of playing their usual passing game was quickly abandoned by Lowestoft in favour of a more direct approach.
The first twenty five minutes was very tight with both defences enjoying the best of the early exchanges. However, on twenty seven minutes a misplaced clearance from the Barking goalkeeper found Broghan Scully twenty five yards out, who set herself before expertly placing her shot in the bottom left hand corner to give Lowestoft a 1-0 lead.
In the second half Barking enjoyed a good opening ten minutes but in the space of the following ten minutes Lowestoft carved out three gilt edged chances, which were all spurned and had they been converted it would have put them out of sight. Lowestoft were left to rue those misses as two quick goals on sixty eight and seventy eight minutes put the home team 2-1 ahead and for the last ten minutes Barking did a very good job with running the clock down.
The result was very harsh on Lowestoft who could and should of won this comfortably but at this level missed opportunities come back to haunt you. However, with the vast majority of players aged between sixteen and nineteen the experiences gained thus far will stand them in good stead in the second half of the season and the performance, commitment and attitude were 100% spot on. It’s these important qualities which will be needed as Lowestoft look to maintain their promotion push with a game this coming Sunday away to Colchester.
Special mention this week goes to Chloe Pierce who at only sixteen is already an outstanding goalkeeper and her distribution is impeccable and Megan Champion who after a five month break is now showing why she is one of the league’s best centre backs.