Giant-killing performance sees Cambridge City Ladies beat Chichester City in the FA Women's National League Cup
Cambridge City Ladies produced an upset by defeating Chichester City 3-1 in the FA Women’s National League Cup, determining round.
Their squad was stretched to the barebones, with injuries limiting their options to just 11 players for the 300-mile round trip.
Chichester are in the league above, having finished third in the Southern Premier Division as City won the Eastern Region Women’s Premier League last season.
Both sides showed their intent to attack in the early stages, but City started to impose themselves on the game and took the lead when Hannah Bodily’s cross was misjudged by the Chichester keeper for Beatrice Fitzsimons to tap home.
With 10 minutes of the half remaining, winger Charlotte Gillies received a pass out wide from Fitzsimons and cut inside to drill home a low shot at the near post.
City continued to dictate the game, and held their 2-0 lead into the break.
Chichester rang the changes at half time and the fresh legs gave them increased determination.
But their hopes of a comeback were scuppered in the 55th minute.
City striker Megan Tonks chased a ball over the top of the defence, and from outside the box lobbed the keeper, with the ball bouncing into the net after hitting the post.
Chichester pulled a goal back through their captain, whose shot from distance gave City keeper Dominika Szary no chance.
In a top team performance, 16-year-old centre-back Ceri Flye and keeper Szary earned special praise.
Cambridge United Women suffered a late extra-time defeat to Leyton Orient Women in the cup.
Kelley Blanchflower, Mollie Coupar and Faith Hewitt were on target as the game finished 3-3 after normal time.
Orient then snatched victory with a late goal in the extra 30 minutes.