Another nail-biter as Hawks face Cambridge City and win through on penalties.
It was quarter-final day and a fierce wind blew across the pitch as the two teams faced each other. After a series of away journeys it was a joy to be playing at home. The team was made up of representatives from every team from first to sixth teams and a couple of Sunday only players. The strength of this squad is in the teamwork and desire to work hard for each other and win!
Having conceded a goal in the opening 5 minutes the team wasn’t daunted and had the better of the possession as the first half progressed. It wasn’t long before the pressure resulted in a short corner, and with Bex calling the moves she scored clinically to even the score.
With the wind behind them the momentum moved towards Hawks and after a decent series of passes Polly slotted home for Hawks to take the lead shortly before half time. A strong half time team talk from the tacticians in the team and a plea for hard work and commitment to the passing game was heard by all. Hawks started again with confidence and it wasn’t long before Zoe finished well to give a 3-1 lead to the home team.
Cambridge were also working hard and were not giving up at all. They gradually worked back into the game and Hawks found themselves on the defensive. A goal was conceded to take the score to 3-2 and despite this Hawks still looked in control. Then a Cambridge attack down the left seemed to be heading off the pitch when a combination of the wind and a misplaced goal post saw the ball drift into the goal much to everyone’s surprise and the scores were even. Three minutes to go, and back on the attack Zoe’s chance missed by inches and with no time left it was down to flicks.
At Jacs command the five stepped up and after Henri, Kara, Polly, and Kim had taken their flicks it fell to Bex to convert hers for the win. She showed a cool head and to our relief the ball hit the backboard!
MOM votes for loads of people but a three way draw between Jacs, Kara and Sarah...lots of cake for the next game....and a hard act to follow after Susan’s this time.
So we are through to the semi finals and wait with trepidation for the draw next week. Fingers crossed for another home draw!