A valiant display from Wimbledon was not enough to overcome a strong Ipswich side in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup as the Dons exit the competition at the 3rd round.
The Dons went into the game against an Ipswich side who are top of the division and won all 11 of their league games this season scoring 40 and only conceding on 3 occasions knowing that it would be our toughest test of the season. Going into the game with injuries to centre backs Sarah Wentworth and Rebecca Sargent meant the Dons test was going to be even more difficult. The Dons started trying to contain Ipswich from the start and despite Ipswich taking the lead in the 17th minute the Dons grew into the half as it went on growing in confidence as the press became more effective towards the end of the first half.
Watched by the men's first team head coach Mark Robinsonm The Dons changed things up at half time reverting back to their usual shape 433 and decided to attack Ipswich. The decision to become more attacking was paying off as the Dons were starting to get more and more success in the attacking third. The pressure nearly paid off Katie Stanley came close to converting an Ashlee Hincks cross but couldn’t quite make contact. The Dons kept going and applying pressure. However in the 58th minute Ipswich got a second, A scrappy goal against the run of play meant the Dons now had a mountain to climb. The Dons did not get deflated and kept searching for a goal to get back into the game and in the the 74th minute they thought they had it until it was ruled out for an alleged push. The Dons encouraged by this showed true Wimbledon underdog attitude and kept searching for the goal they deserved. A long range Ashlee Hincks freekick flew inches past the post with 10 minutes to go as the Dons were getting closer and closer to finding their way back into the game. The Dons had a shout for penalty turned down in the closing minutes as substitute Gloria Siber was brought down inside the area but the referee waved away the Dons protests. In the dying minutes Angel Fowler came agonizingly close to heading home from an Ashlee Hincks corner however it skimmed the top of the bar and the final whistle went and it finished Wimbledon 0-2 Ipswich.
Manager Kevin Foster said “Our girls were excellent, they worked extremely hard for each other. 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 we had one called out for handball and we missed a couple but all credit to the girls because they did not stop today.”
Dons: 23. Faye Baker, 2. Angel Fowler, 3. Rosie Russell, 4. Steph Mann, 5. Kelly Highman, 20. Hannah Billingham, 28. Emily Oliver, 12. Megan Stow, 9. Ashlee Hincks, 14. Katie Stanley, 11. Rebecca Carter
60’ On: 10. Chloe Sampson, 39. Gloria Siber. Off: 11. Rebecca Carter, 14. Katie Stanley
Unused Subs: 1. Lauren Allen, 7. Lauren Pickett, 22. Szofia Giber, 35. Abby Delves, 37. Roxie Fowler