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King's Lynn ladies in cup cruise as Amy nets first senior goal



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A rampant King’s Lynn Town Ladies side battered Caister 6-0 in a one-sided Harrod Sport Women’s Cup quarter-final clash as Amy Cropley netted her first senior goal for the club.

Caister, currently three leagues below the Linnets, had been on a good run of form going into the fixture and this looked to be a real David versus Goliath tie.

After the game Linnets vice-captain Jodie Hopkins said: “We have awarded player-of-the-match to Amy Cropley, who has just broken into the starting XI and today scored her first senior goal.

“She shone in an excellent team performance.”

Action from the clash between Caister and King's Lynn Town ladies, above left, while Amy Cropley surrounded by her teammates having scored her first senior goal for the club. Pictures: Richard S Brown. (54336458)
Action from the clash between Caister and King's Lynn Town ladies, above left, while Amy Cropley surrounded by her teammates having scored her first senior goal for the club. Pictures: Richard S Brown. (54336458)

Lynn started in bullish mood, setting a high press and taking much of the play to Caister, with several attempted long range shots after good build up play from the midfield.

The Linnets continued to attack predominately from the right wing with Rachel Skinner putting in some magical runs through the Caister back line.

The deadlock finally broke in the 15th minute with Ella Gavaghan collecting a high through ball from Skinner, which she thundered home to the keeper’s right, hitting the top of the net.

Amy Cropley celebrations (54336467)
Amy Cropley celebrations (54336467)

Caister endeavoured to absorb the Linnets constant onslaught by playing the ball long and high from their defensive line but Linnets skipper Tiffany Forshaw marshalled her defence superbly.

The Linnets continued to pile on the pressure with several close shots on target and a disallowed effort from Amy Magnus after the match official deemed interference on the Caister goalkeeper.

Ten minutes before the break, Forshaw headed home Skinner’s accurate corner to double Lynn’s advantage.

Cropley, who had threatened throughout the half from midfield, scored a screamer of a goal in the dying minutes before the break, having collected the deflection from her original shot.

Caister goaleeper Maria Jardim collects another King's Lynn shot. Picture: Richard S Brown (54336465)
Caister goaleeper Maria Jardim collects another King's Lynn shot. Picture: Richard S Brown (54336465)

Lynn ladies started the second half composed, maintaining possession and moving the ball patiently awaiting scoring opportunities.

The midfield physicality continued as it had done in the first half, with strong challenges flying in on any turnover of ball, particularly from both Jodie Hopkins and Fran Peeling.

Amy Magnus who had continued to run at the Caister defence scored early in the half with a dazzling solo run, beating the keeper with a well-struck shot.

The Linnets continued to pressure Caister throughout the second half but failed to capitalise on the many efforts that peppered the Caister goal net.

It was very late in the half before the Linnets put a further two goals past a spirited Caister outfit.

The first came from Amy Magnus with a beautifully-placed effort between the goalkeeper and the post, and the second a well collected long ball blasted into the net by Gavaghan.

Amy Cropley in full flow for King's Lynn Ton Ladies. Picture: Richard S Brown. (54336471)
Amy Cropley in full flow for King's Lynn Ton Ladies. Picture: Richard S Brown. (54336471)


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