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Beatrice Fitzsimons nets extra-time winner as Cambridge City Ladies defeat St Albans in Women's FA Cup




Beatrice Fitzsimons receives her player-of-the-match prize from a representative of match sponsors Masters Bathrooms. Picture: Chris Mosley (19352002)
Beatrice Fitzsimons receives her player-of-the-match prize from a representative of match sponsors Masters Bathrooms. Picture: Chris Mosley (19352002)

Beatrice Fitzsimons grabbed an extra-time winner as Cambridge City Ladies beat St Albans 4-3 in the Women’s FA Cup, second qualifying round.

Against opponents from three leagues lower, the Lilywhites found themselves trailing 2-0 at half time.

Three minutes after the break, Megan Tonks reduced the arrears with a shot from distance but an exit seemed to be looming for City when St Albans got a third after 83 minutes.

Midfielder Fitzsimons replied almost immediately to give the hosts hope, and in the final minute, City were awarded a penalty for handball in the area which Tonks stepped up to convert.

It sent the match into extra time and in the second period, player-of-the-match Fitzsimons scored from distance to send City into the next round to face AFC Basildon.

Kelley Blanchflower equalised twice for Cambridge United Women but they were eventually beaten 3-2 by Norwich City in the FA Cup.

In the FA Women’s National League, Division One South East last Wednesday, Tonks was on target for City in a 3-1 defeat to Ipswich Town.

Vicky Lines struck twice for United in a 2-2 draw with Norwich City.

Rachel Pearce fired a late equaliser for City’s development team as they drew 4-4 with Millwall Lionesses in the Eastern Region Women’s Football League Cup, group stage.

Both teams are unbeaten this season, and Millwall had led 4-2 with 12 minutes remaining.

But Bella Simmons grabbed her second and City’s third – after Ellie Cullum had scored their first goal – to give them hope, and Pearce curled in the equaliser from the edge of the area in the 91st minute.

Three first half goals in the space of 20 minutes from player-of-the-match Issy Bryant secured Cambridge City under-16s a 3-1 win over Moulton Magpies in the Northants Macron Girls’ League.

The win takes City top of the table with four wins out of four.

There was also a 4-2 victory for City under-12s at Leverington Sports and City under-12s won 15-0 against St Ives Rangers.



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