Last second heartache
Poor discipline proves costly
Saturday 27th October 2018
Ipswich SEVEN Women’s 1st team were seconds from their first point of the season but suffered the heartache of conceding from a last second penalty corner.
Ipswich started the game well and were dominating play, immediately creating some attacking chances. Lizzy Wheelhouse causing endless problems for the visitor’s defence. Despite the pressure Ipswich could not convert possession into goals and as the first half ticked on the away side started to gain in confidence. The Ipswich defence held firm though with some great tackles by Kat Blake.
Half time saw the score line locked at 0-0 but with Ipswich confident that the match was there for the taking. Little did they know what the second half had in store!
The second half saw Southgate step up the pressure and when both sides received a green card the game started to change. Ipswich lost some structure and then when back up to 11 players lost another player to a yellow card. This saw Ipswich defending deep and only some brilliant saves by GK and player of the match Ali Barham kept the scores at 0-0. To make things harder Ipswich then lost defender Kat Blake to an ankle injury.
With time ticking on Ipswich were back to 11 but the fluidity from play was missing and with 8 minutes to go the home side received a second yellow card. It was now back to the wall time and every player was giving their all to defend their goal.
With seconds left to go Southgate won a PC, the first drag flick was saved brilliantly by Barham but it hit an Ipswich foot and was re-awarded and the away side had a second attempt to score. Barham once more dived to make the save but despite getting a stick to it, the ball agonisingly crossed the line to give the away side the win.
Ipswich were left heartbroken but on reflection can look back knowing they deserved at least a point before poor discipline cost them. It is a harsh lesson for this team but one that will stand them in good stead going forward.
Next up is a tough away game against Harleston.