London Corinthians 2 Lowestoft Ladies 3
Lowestoft Ladies will now face Luton Town at the Crown Meadow in the second round of the Woman’s FA Cup, after securing a 3-2 win on Sunday.
Lowestoft Town Ladies travelled to South East London to face London Corinthians in the first round proper of the FA cup and recorded an unforgettable win against top quality opposition.
The match started with both teams looking to assert themselves and forcing the respective keepers into good saves.
The loss of Marcie Prettyman after twenty minutes seemed to disrupt the shape and rhythm of Lowestoft and just five minutes later they gifted the home team the opening goal. However, full credit went to Lowestoft as they immediately regrouped and were eager to level things up; which they did right on the stroke of half time when a wonderful twenty-five yard strike from Jodie Drake found the top right hand corner of the Corinthians net for 1-1.
The second half saw Lowestoft on the offensive right from the whistle and on fifty minutes Natasha Thomas burst past the left back and drilled her effort into the right hand corner to give Lowestoft a 2-1 lead, after having trailed.
The match from there on in was an epic encounter and an end to end affair with both teams posing a real threat when going forward.
The Lowestoft defence was outstanding and when the Corinthians did manage to get past, they found Amy Bell in fantastic form in the Lowestoft goal, as she pulled off three outstanding saves.
The Lowestoft goal was finally breached in the eighty-second minute though, as the ball found its way through to the back post and the unmarked Corinthians player made no mistake to level the match up at 2-2.
Once again Lowestoft re-grouped and showed remarkable resilience and commitment to go on and get the winner in the eighty-eighth minute, when Paige Shorten found herself unmarked on the edge of the area and showed superb composure to pick her spot and send Lowestoft back in front at 3-2.
The blowing of the final whistle was not far off and when it finally came, it was met with wild scenes of celebration from the Lowestoft Ladies, after securing a place in the 2nd round of the Woman’s FA Cup.
The team should rightly be proud of their achievements, as this was a performance full of quality as well as tenacity, guts and commitment.
Special mention this week goes to Georgia Paul, Megan Cletheroe, Kate Pasque and Anna Larkins who were all simply brilliant in defence and also to Jodie Drake, who has quickly established herself in the team and is a player of huge quality.
Final thanks go to all the parents who made the long journey to cheer the team on and into the second round.
Lowestoft Ladies are next in action this coming Sunday, when they turn their attention back to the league and welcome Barking Ladies to the Crown Meadow in a 2pm kick-off.