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Kevin praises gallant effort as Dons bow out of cup

A goal in each half is enough for Ipswich to earn victory

13 December 2021

Manager Kevin Foster praised AFC Wimbledon Ladies for an ‘excellent’ performance in defeat as they pushed Ipswich Town Women all the way yesterday.

Taking on a side currently top of the FA Women’s Premier League South was always going to be a tough task, but the Dons more than held their own in a 2-0 defeat in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup at the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

“Our girls were excellent - they worked extremely hard for each other,” said Foster. “We set up to make it hard for Ipswich and if you spoke to them they would say we gave them a real game. It would have been nice to get one at the end, but we had a goal ruled out and we missed a couple of chances, but all credit to the girls because they did not stop today.”

Without centre-backs Sarah Wentworth and Rebecca Sargent, the Dons fell behind in the 17th minute when a ball was crossed into the box and Natasha Thomas headed home. With Mark Robinson watching on, Wimbledon really made a game of it in the second-half after reverting back to a 4-3-3 formation. Katie Stanley came so close to equalising, but she was just unable to get a touch to a cross by Ashlee Hincks. However, the crucial second goal followed for Ipswich when Thomas notched her second of the game.

Despite that setback, the Dons kept searching for a way back into the game and a goal back was ruled out after the referee concluded that there had been a push in the box. A long-range Ashlee Hincks free-kick also flashed inches past the post with 10 minutes to go and appeals for a penalty were waved away after Gloria Siber went down in the box. A late consolation turned out to be elusive as Angel Fowler’s header skimmed the top of the bar, but AFC Wimbledon Ladies bowed out of the competition after giving everything against a higher level team.  

AFC Wimbledon Ladies: Faye Baker, Angel Fowler, Rosie Russell, Steph Mann, Kelly Highman,  Hannah Billingham, Emily Oliver, Megan Stow, Ashlee Hincks, Katie Stanley (Gloria Siber), Rebecca Carter (Chloe Sampson).

Pic credit: Glyn Roberts

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