Ipswich Town Ladies defeat Norwich City in League Cup at Felixstowe & Walton

Ipswich Town pre-match photo. Back row, left to right: Jo Foy, Cassie Craddock, Molly Hall, Laura Bi

Ipswich Town pre-match photo. Back row, left to right: Jo Foy, Cassie Craddock, Molly Hall, Laura Bird, Aimee Harrison, Sian Fagg, Jazz Cox. Front row, left to right: Grace Knock, Hollie Clement, Jacqueline Ball, Sophie Welton, Amanda Crump. - Credit: James Ager

Ipswich Town Ladies grabbed the early bragging rights against Norwich Ladies, as they progressed to the first round of the FA Women’s Premier League Cup, with a 3-2 extra-time win at Felixstowe & Walton, on Sunday.

The two teams will meet in WPL South East Division One this season, but this was the Determining Round of the League Cup competition, and the Suffolk side went through thanks to strikes from Aimee Harrison and Sian Fagg, plus an own goal, which clinched the game.

Harrison looked set to be the match-winner for Town, having given her side the lead but Norwich scored with seven and five minutes to go respectively, courtesy of Tash Snelling and Emma Allsopp.

But just as Norwich looked set to go through, Fagg equalised, setting up extra-time, and in the additional 30 minutes, a visiting player diverted the ball home after a superb delivery from the impressive Amanda Crump.

Crump had a hand in all three goals, with her delivery from free-kicks, and set her team up nicely for this Sunday’s league game, which is likely to be at Rushmere, against Gillingham, who romped to a 9-0 opening day victory over Bedford.

Town, meanwhile, won their first league game 2-1 at Cambridge and coach Ralph Pruden was delighted his side were able to maintain their unbeaten start.

“It was a brilliant result, not a classic game of football, but a proper cup tie,” said Pruden.

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“We were missing a number of players and only had one player on the bench, due to pre-arranged commitments, so the team must take huge credit for the effort and determination that they displayed.

“In fairness Norwich played the better football in the second half, but we defended really well and Amanda Crump’s free-kicks set up all three goals.

“The girls know the importance of set-pieces and are prepared to put their head in where it hurts.”

Pictures courtesy of James Ager - Twitter: @JamesAger91

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