Cambridge United come so close to causing Women’s FA Cup shock against higher-level MK Dons
Cambridge United bowed of the Women’s FA Cup on Sunday, but not before they had given higher-league MK Dons a scare.
It was a spirited showing from the U’s, who took a one-goal advantage with them into half-time before ultimately surrendering their lead and suffering a 2-1 loss come the final whistle.
Despite playing a level below their visitors, Cambridge started brightly and they were rewarded with the first round tie’s opening goal in the 18th minute.
Alysha Stojko-Down was the scorer, rising highest at a corner to head home.
Just before the break the away side won themselves a penalty, but United goalkeeper Lauren Webb guessed correctly to keep her side in front.
The scoreline remained that way until the 64th minute when the Dons drew themselves level via Nicola Puddick’s effort from outside the box.
Both sides then went on to have chances, and much to Cambridge’s disappointment it was the Dons that struck decisively five minutes from the end when Lucy Wood bundled the ball in from close range.
United will now break from action until November 26 when they host Queens Park Rangers in the league, while bottom-of-the-table Cambridge City are set to host Haywards Heath Town on Sunday (November 19).