‘Second goal was crucial’ - Tractor Girls boss Sheehan on cup final win

Ipswich Town Women lift the Suffolk Women's Cup for the fifth straight season after beating Needham

Ipswich Town Women lift the Suffolk Women's Cup for the fifth straight season after beating Needham Market 8-0 at Portman Road. Picture: PAUL VOLLER - Credit: Archant

Ipswich won 8-0 in Tuesday night’s final at Portman Road, but only led 1-0 until scoring a second in time added on at the end of the first half.

Two goals followed in two minutes at the start of the second period as Ipswich eased to a fifth successive victory in the competition and seventh in the last eight seasons.

MORE: Tractor Girls thrash Market in cup final - report Captain Amanda Crump and Natasha Thomas both scored twice with Charlotte Kellett, Amy Nash, Toni-Anne Wayne and Sophie Welton each scoring once in front of 769 spectators.

Sheehan said: "The second goal we got before half time was quite crucial because it knocked the stuffing out of them a little bit and allowed us to build momentum going into the second half.

"We wanted to start the second-half brighter. Obviously they had a roaring crowd behind them and whether we were a bit nervous at the start I don't know, but we wanted to be a bit better in the second half and came out all guns blazing and obviously scored fairly quickly and the rest followed."

Thomas, who played in the Lowestoft Town side that lost 6-1 to Ipswich Town in the 2013 final at Portman Road, also scored twice in last season's 5-1 success versus AFC Sudbury at Colchester United FC.

The striker said: "It was nice to play for Ipswich at Portman Road and to get two goals, although it would have been great to have scored three!"

Needham Market Manager Freya Louis said: "Ipswich play three leagues above us and they were clinical in front of goal. I don't think 8-0 does us justice, but we made mistakes that we get away with in our league and they punished us.

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"Their second goal in injury time at the end of the first half was tough on us after the way we had played.

"Our supporters were superb and kept going right to the end. You would have thought that we had won!"

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