Lowestoft Town Ladies well beaten in final of Suffolk Women's FA Cup
PUBLISHED: 02:07 19 May 2017
Lowestoft Town Ladies were beaten 5-0 by their Ipswich Town counterparts in the final of the Suffolk FA Women's Cup.
Goals from Amy Howlett, Lindsay Cooper, Sophie Welton, Natasha Thomas and Zoe Cossey confirmed a hat-trick of wins for Town — that’s now five in the last six years — at Colchester United’s Weston Homes Community Stadium last Friday evening.
Ipswich dominated proceedings throughout, and their eighth victory overall in the competition was never in doubt from the moment they went ahead as early as the sixth minute.
Jade Henry made space on the left wing to cross to the far post where Howlett, completely unmarked, volleyed into the roof of the net from close range.
The only surprise was that it took until the 36th minute for Ipswich to score their second goal, Cooper meeting Hollie Clement’s right-wing corner with a powerful header that flew just inside the near post.
Ipswich netted their third nine minutes after the resumption, Howlett freeing Henry down the right flank and when both Thomas and Lowestoft goalkeeper Eilish Brogan missed her cross, the ball reached Welton at the far post to head into an empty net.
The closest Lowestoft came to a goal was when Kayleigh Steed, who had just come on as a 58th minute substitute, sent a first-time shot against the under-side of the bar with her first touch.
It was 4-0 after 70 minutes, Brogan failing to hold on to Howlett’s right-wing delivery and Thomas bundled the ball over the line to score against her former club.
With five minutes remaining, ex-Lowestoft winger Zoe Cossey found the top corner from the net from outside the box to complete Ipswich’s nap hand.
The competition is sponsored by HomeStore Self Storage.
Ipswich Town: Leanne Smith, Jac Ball, Eva Hubbard, Sian Fagg, Aimee Harrison, Lindsay Cooper, Natasha Thomas, Amy Howlett, Hollie Clement, Sophie Welton, Jade Henry. Used subs: Joyce Mlambo, Rox Small, Laura Guyon, Zoe Cossey, Ellie Bird.
Lowestoft Town: Eilish Brogan, Lyndsey Adams, Charnelle Riggall, Ellie Froud, Lilly Beugglen, Abbie Everson, Gemma Moore, Ciera Flatt, Hannah Waters, Cassie Craddock, Amy Evans. Used subs: Alicia Lacey, Kayleigh Steed.
Referee: Emily Heaslip.