Ladies suffer FA Cup defeat at Cambridge
QPR LADIES bowed out of the Women’s FA Cup on Sunday after two stoppage-time goals gave Cambridge United victory in Suffolk.
After making six changes to last week’s side that drew with West Ham United, the Ladies were again in the hands of assistants Tony Smith and Adrian Iglesias.
Becky Taylor opened the scoring for the hosts but Jess Treharne soon equalised, netting her second goal of the season before the break.
The tie looked destined for extra-time before Laura Mills and Taylor both found the net in the dying moments to clinch Cambridge’s cup progression.
The hosts started the game the faster of the two sides, forcing Callie Neat into a series of early saves – including from an acrobatic effort by former R’s midfielder Danielle Puddefoot within the opening ten minutes.
The game started to even out, with Micaela Lopes picking up a yellow card after a tackle to stop a counter attack led from the lively Mills.
Just after the half-hour mark, it was the U’s who found the net after a series of corners weren’t cleared. The ball fell for Taylor on the edge of the six-yard box, with her looped effort dropping in via the crossbar.
It took only five minutes for Rangers to respond when Treharne expertly found the net after a slick passing move. Hayley Sloan picked out Treharne on the edge of the box before the midfielder volleyed home into the bottom corner.
The second-half started in similar vein to the first, with Cambridge enjoying the better chances. Notable efforts from Mills and the speed of Rosie Kmita continued to trouble the R’s defence, while Neat was again in action to deny a close-range header after a corner.
After soaking up the majority of the possession, it was then Rangers’ chance to try and break the deadlock but neither Juliette Denny nor Jo Blodgett could find a vital second.
And it would cost the Ladies when Blodgett lost possession deep into stoppage-time, leaving Rangers open for the counter attack. Mills took the ball from the halfway line, passing Mariko Engels before unleashing a strike into the top corner to break the hearts of R’s players and fans.
The Ladies threw everything forward in order to try and find an equaliser, only to be caught on the counter attack again with Taylor gaining the ball in the box before rounding a hesitant Neat to bag her second of the game and seal the R’s fate.
Meanwhile, Neil Bailey’s Reserve side were in league action where two goals from the cup-tied Katie Butts earned a 2-2 draw against table toppers Tottenham Hotspur.
The First Team return to FA Women’s Premier League action next Sunday when they make the trip to the South Coast to face Portsmouth.
QPR: Neat, Lopes, Engels, Treharne, Sseninde, Harte, Maggs, Sloan, Blodgett, Denny, Netschova (E. O’Callaghan 45).
Goal: Treharne 39.
Booked: Lopes, Denny.