Crushing defeat ends women’s cup dream

EYE ON THE BALL: AFC Sudbury Ladies captain Natalie Goulding demonstrates good technique against London Corinthians
EYE ON THE BALL: AFC Sudbury Ladies captain Natalie Goulding demonstrates good technique against London Corinthians
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AFC Sudbury 0

London Corinthians 5

AFC Sudbury Ladies’ cup dreams came to an end at The MEL Group Stadium against an unforgiving London Corinthians outfit.

Sudbury can be proud of their achievements in their first entry to the cup, but on the day they were beaten by a better team and failed to produce anything near their best performance.

AFC got off to the worst possible start when, with only a few minutes gone, they conceded a poor goal as they failed to clear a corner.

They had the chance to level the score moments later when Kayleigh Steed worked a space in the Corinthians box, only to see her tame shot saved easily by the keeper.

Corinthians doubled their lead with only 15 minutes played when the keeper’s clearance set the striker clear through on goal, leaving AFC keeper Helena Brodie no chance.

However, Brodie was on hand to keep AFC in the game moments later when she produced a point-blank save.

Sudbury had failed to get themselves motivated and were guilty of gifting Corinthians a third as they failed to put any pressure on the opposition, who passed the ball casually around and into the net.

Shortly before half-time, AFC’s day got worse with midfielder Hannah Bray suffering an elbow injury and having to be substituted, Vicki Studd taking her place.

Despite the half-time whistle approaching, Corinthians found time for a fourth with an excellent volley from within the box.

After their poorest first-half performance of the season, AFC had little to lose and looked to produce a much-improved display for the second half.

Corinthians’ pace up front caused constant problems for the defence, but AFC were finally able to pose a threat of their own in attack.

Despite AFC’s increased attacking threat, they went further behind to an excellent strike from 20 yards.

The hosts produced several half-chances as the match went on and Corinthians hit the post late on, but the score remained the same and AFC bowed out of the cup.

l Week 32 winners in the AFC Gold fundraiser are: £100 J Ford (427), Queens Road, Sudbury; £10 R Hartley (188), Pannels Close, Glemsford; £10 E Nichols (183), The Street, Assington.