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Future is bright for Ipswich Town Women as youthful side romps to sixth successive Suffolk Women's Cup victory





Ipswich Town’s talented teenagers beat Brettvale 6-0 to secure a sixth successive HomeStore Self Storage Suffolk Women’s Cup win, writes Nick Garnham.

A team consisting of mainly 16 and 17-year-olds were emphatic winners in the final on ‘Super Sunday’ at Needham Market FC against a Brettvale side appearing in their first final.

Ipswich dominated the coronavirus delayed 2019/20 final from start to finish at Bloomfields yesterday, and could even afford to miss a penalty late on.

Ipswich Town celebrate retaining the Suffolk Women’s Cup Picture: Paul Voller (42450672)
Ipswich Town celebrate retaining the Suffolk Women’s Cup Picture: Paul Voller (42450672)

It took Ipswich just six minutes to open the scoring, Lucy O’Brien scoring with a shot across keeper Amie Chippendale just inside the far post.

It was 2-0 in the 17th minute, Issy Bryant finding the net with a right-footed drive from just inside the penalty area.

That was the way it stayed until the interval, although Sarah Brasero, who linked the play superbly from the middle of the park, struck the top of the crossbar in time added on at the end of the half.

Lucy O’Brien (No.9) opens the scoring for Ipswich Town Women after just six minutes in the 2019/20 Suffolk Women's Cup Final at Needham Market Picture: Paul Voller (42450674)
Lucy O’Brien (No.9) opens the scoring for Ipswich Town Women after just six minutes in the 2019/20 Suffolk Women's Cup Final at Needham Market Picture: Paul Voller (42450674)

Ipswich required just two minutes of the second period to extend their advantage, Brasero’s deflected shot from the edge of the penalty area beating Chippendale.

It was 4-0 in the 49th minute, Chippendale allowing an angled Kyra Robertson shot to go beneath her body.

Arguably the pick of the goals arrived on 70 minutes, skipper Molly Sutherland scoring from outside the box with a rasping drive.

O’Brien scored her second and Ipswich’s sixth with another good strike in the 83rd minute before Liv Belson saw her penalty, awarded for a handball, crash back off the crossbar just before the final whistle.

Brettvale goalkeeper Amie Chippendale tips a long-range shot over the crossbar Picture: Paul Voller (42450676)
Brettvale goalkeeper Amie Chippendale tips a long-range shot over the crossbar Picture: Paul Voller (42450676)

On this display the future of Ipswich Town appears to be very bright, while Suffolk Girls’ & Women’s League side Brettvale will reflect on the achievement of reaching the final in only their second season.

Brettvale: Amie Chippendale, Kirby King, Rachel White, Danielle Lynch, Claire Turnball, Isabelle Mabbott, Aimee Berry, Aimie Barnard, Abbie Fisher, Tarnya McKew, Gemma Burnett. Used subs: Iris Gunnarsdotijr, Amy Parton, Coral Young, Sheshaney O’Connor, Sheryl Nokes.

Ipswich Town: Leonie Jackson, Sasha Adamson, Summer Hughes, Molly Sutherland, Liv Belson, Sara Smith Walter, Issy Bryant, Sarah Brasero, Lucy O’Brien, Kyra Robertson, Amy Leigh Abrehart. Used subs: Mae Hughes, Abbie Jackson.

Referee: Isabel Chaplin.