LADIES FOOTBALL: Skipper Sasha Smith strikes to earn Women’s FA Cup success for St Ives Town
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St Ives Town Ladies overcame a couple of spots of bother to enjoy a successful first taste of Women’s FA Cup football yesterday.
The local lasses fluffed two penalties before skipper Sasha Smith made a late breakthough to earn a 1-0 victory at Roade in a first qualifying round tie.
Hannah Seymour-Shove earned both the spot-kicks for Saints. She blasted the first of them over the bar herself in the opening half before Georgia Stancombe’s second-half attempt was kept out by the legs of the home goalkeeper.
But Saints did eventually succeed in finding the net when Smith unleashed a fierce strike from the edge of the box with 10 minutes remaining after Connie Liddiard burst forward dangerously.
A smart save from goalkeeper Kira Maxwell then preserved the advantage and Saints’ reward is another away date in the next round. They travel to Norfolk side Wymondham on September 17.
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Before then, Saints begin their Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership campaign this Sunday when entertaining Newmarket Town at the St Ivo Outdoor Centre.
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