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Cambridge City Ladies make cup progress on two fronts

Bella Simmons was on target for Cambridge City Ladies against Colney Heath
Bella Simmons was on target for Cambridge City Ladies against Colney Heath

Goals from Bella Simmons and Amy Reed sent Cambridge City through to the semi-finals of the Eastern Region Women’s League Cup with a 2-0 win over Colney Heath.

The Lilywhites were on the front foot from the off and, after good work from Reed on the right, Carla Penny’s shot cannoned off the underside of the bar and away to safety.

Penny turned provider to set up Simmons, who made no mistake to slot home to make it 1-0 at half time.

City got their second goal after the break, with Reed stepping up to float in a long-range free kick that sailed over the Colney keeper into the top left corner.

They face Harlow Town at home in the semi-finals on April 14.

City’s development side are one step further ahead in the Cambs FA Women’s Junior Invitation Cup, booking their spot in the final with a 5-0 victory over March Town.

An own goal separated the sides at half time but, in the second half, they had the wind in their favour.

It took until the hour for City to get their second, with Rachel Pearce scoring direct from a corner.

Freya Standing volleyed in the third, headed in the fourth and then drove in the fifth from 25 yards to complete her hat-trick. She shared the player-of-the-match honours with Pearce.

City will now face Fulbourn Bluebirds in the final.

Kelley Blanchflower and Becky Shephard were on target for Cambridge United Women as they beat Denham Athletic 2-1 in the Women’s FA National League, Division One South East.

Natalie Wells scored for United’s development team in a 3-1 defeat to Charlton Athletic development.

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