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Cambridge City seal spot in Eastern Region Women's League Cup final with win over Harlow Town

Carla Penny in action for Cambridge City Ladies. Picture: Chris Mosley (8747718)
Carla Penny in action for Cambridge City Ladies. Picture: Chris Mosley (8747718)

Bronte Rapley’s second-half penalty ensured Cambridge City a place in the Eastern Region Women’s League Cup final with a 3-1 win over Harlow Town.

A bright start to the semi-final led to the Lilywhites getting the opening goal after only four minutes, with a corner going in off a Harlow defender.

Harlow grew into the game and were causing City problems with some neat passing and quick counter attacks.

Clear-cut chances were at a premium, but it was the Lilywhites who got the next goal as Erin Davies poked home a rebound.

Harlow reduced the arrears after City keeper Tee Mhunduru made a point-blank save only for the rebound to fall to Hannah Smith to tuck home.

After the break, a marauding run by Lolly Tomlinson ended up with her being fouled in the area. Rapley stepped up to convert the spot-kick to the keeper’s right to make it 3-1.

Despite a frantic end to the game, there were no more goals so City progress to face Bedford Town Ladies, victors over Peterborough Northern Star, in the final on May 12.

Mollie Coupar was on target for Cambridge United Women as they were beaten 2-1 by Billericay Town in the FA Women’s National League, Division One South East.

Five goals apiece from Issy Bryant and Amie Fullwood and one apiece from Rose Hastings and player-of-the-match Freya Goddard gave leaders Cambridge City a 12-0 win over Priory Parkside in the S-Tech Girls’ League, Under-16 Division.

City under-14s and under-10s have booked a spot at the FA National Futsal Championship finals at St George’s Park. The two teams, plus the under-12s, took part in the semi-finals at Birmingham last weekend, and while the under-14s and under-10s progressed, the under-12s narrowly missed out.

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