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Tractor Girls hit seven as they reach fourth straight county cup final

PUBLISHED: 16:00 28 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:17 28 March 2018

Sophie Welton celebrates her goal with Zoe Cossey. Picture: ROSS HALLS

Sophie Welton celebrates her goal with Zoe Cossey. Picture: ROSS HALLS

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Suffolk FA Women’s Cup

Ipswich Town 7

Ipswich Wanderers 0

Ipswich Town Ladies reached their fourth straight Suffolk FA Women’s County Cup final with a compelling 7-0 victory over Ipswich Wanderers at Ransomes Sports Pavilion, writes Kieren Standley.

Ipswich Town Ladies winger Sophie Welton scored a brace as the Blues progressed to the final. Picture: ROSS HALLSIpswich Town Ladies winger Sophie Welton scored a brace as the Blues progressed to the final. Picture: ROSS HALLS

Wingers Zoe Cossey and Sophie Welton both hit braces, with Amanda Crump, Miagh Downey and Natasha Thomas completing the scoring for the free-scoring Blues.

Town took the lead after 12 minutes when Cossey and Welton linked up, with the latter following up at the back post with a composed finish after a great driving run and cross from Cossey. Despite a number of chances throughout the first-half, the Blues would go into the break with just the single goal advantage.

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To her own surprise, Cossey could have made it 2-0 early in the second-half as she rose highest to Crump’s corner, but her close range header was denied by the crossbar.

However Downey did double the Blues’ lead just moments later as she broke into the area, held off her covering defender and fired into the far corner. Cossey then got herself on the scoresheet in fortunate circumstances as Thomas smashed the inside of the post with a curling effort, with the Town winger alert to follow in on the line for the easiest of goals.

Miagh Downey celebrates her goal with Zoe Cossey. Picture: ROSS HALLSMiagh Downey celebrates her goal with Zoe Cossey. Picture: ROSS HALLS

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Town then scored twice inside a minute. First, Crump followed in after Wanderers’ keeper’ Danni Lynch spilled Cossey’s cross, then Welton notched her second of the afternoon with a simple tap in after Thomas laid the ball on a plate for the Blues’ winger.

Welton then had two further chances to complete her hat-trick but to her frustration, spurned both opportunities.

Thomas then got herself on the scoresheet, firing low and hard into the bottom left corner from just inside the area. Cossey completed the rout with six minutes remaining as she burst into the area and fired the ball at home the near post, with the help of the woodwork.

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Ipswich Town Ladies skipper Amanda Crump on the ball. Picture: ROSS HALLSIpswich Town Ladies skipper Amanda Crump on the ball. Picture: ROSS HALLS

Town now await AFC Sudbury in the final, with the game taking place at Colchester United’s Weston Homes Community Stadium on Monday May 7, kick-off 12pm. The Tractor Girls are expected to return to league action this Sunday, with their upcoming home game against Enfield Town likely to be to re-scheduled to that date.

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