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Close Cup Quarter Final Battle for the Blues

Close Cup Quarter Final Battle for the Blues

On Wednesday, the Blues took part in the quarter-final of the cup after beating Exeter 4-3 in a great game last week. They faced Worcester who they had already played twice this year, winning at home 2-0 but losing 3-0 away. In the first half, both teams were playing well but the Blues went ahead first. After both Katy Edwards’ and Sophia D’Angelo’s shots were blocked, the ball fell to Jamie Cyr who knocked it past the keeper. However, Worcester responded quickly with their midfielder taking the ball past the defence and shooting the ball into the back of the net. Worcester then took the lead with a goal from a wide free kick.

With Worcester winning 2-1, the Blues returned for the second half ready to fight back. Keeper Laura Bleehen kept Cambridge in the game by excellently saving a Worcester penalty. The Blues had the majority of possession and finally equalised as Natalie Faktor sent the ball into the box from a corner which Linnea Gradin met and did well to keep composed to slot it into the goal.

With no more goals before the final whistle, the game went to extra-time. The Blues played some brilliant football, dominated possession and created a few close chances. Sophia was unlucky not to get onto the end of Liz Ashcroft’s cross after running past the last defender. Shortly after, Liz stole the ball in the midfield and ran to the box where she passed it to Zoe Cohen who hit the post from a difficult angle. The ball rebounded to Sophia who then hit the crossbar. It was time for penalties. Unfortunately, The Blues lost 4-2 on penalties but overall were pleased with their performance and will carry on fighting when they return to the league games on the 7th March.

Written by Liz Ashcroft

Photo credit: Liz Ashcroft