Chelmsford City matches.
Womens & Girls Football
Memorial Shield Quarter-Final
Chelmsford City 1 Kirkley 0
City booked a semi-final place with a single goal victory over Kirkley on Sunday. Audrey Dinan provided the winner half way through the first half with a powerful shot from the edge of the box through a crowded area.
This was never a classic as both sides struggled on a rock hard pitch but City always looked the more likely to score. Kirkley had their moments particularly their lively forward who capitalised on the long ball forward but could not find her way past the imposing figure of Vanessa Smith in the City goal.
Chelmsford will now meet Cornard Ladies on April 10th, venue to be announced.
Eastern Region Womens League
Division One East
Chelmsford City 4 Kirkley 0
For the second week running, City played another shortened game in an attempt to alleviate their fixture backlog and gained another three points on Sunday.
Unlike their previous match, City passed the ball around well and put their opponents under considerable pressure which paid off with Emma Ridings, clinical in front of goal as she grabbed all four goals. Ridings continously closed down and hassled the Kirkley defence throughout and her speed was always a constant worry fo her opponents. Laura Brown and Audrey Dinan were dominant in the centre of midfield for City and Lucy Garrett's pinpoint crossing added to the pressure put on their visitors.
Essex County Girls League
League Cup Group match
Wickford Town 1 Chelmsford City 8
On the back of their rampant victory last week City were expecting another easy victory. However, going out with some complacency, very little warm up due to poor directions to the ground and very enthusiastic opposition saw City go 1-0 down only five minutes before the half time whistle. However, this was after City had 4 or 5 clear chances on goal and only had themselves to blame for not being in front.
City then equalised minutes later when Jess Cassey shot in a penalty box scramble. Almost immediately after this Chloe Argent made it 2-1 when she dribble round 3 defenders and calmly slotted the ball away sending the keeper in the wrong direction. City then scored a third when Roxanne Weller had her back to goal in the box, turn her defender and gave the keeper no chance.
The second half saw a different City team. Movement and passing was much better and play was relaxed with the City goal barely threatened except from long goal kicks. Jess Cassey scored her second five minutes in. Hannah Magner was playing her former team and took great delight when she was moved up front and scored two excellent goals, both from distance into the top corner of the net. Wickford continued to battle and City struggled to make too many clear cut openings. A goal mouth scramble following a corner saw Leanne Patten score when the keeper fumbled just feet off of her line. Jessie Casey then made it 8-1 with a well driven goal from the edge of the area keeping the ball down low giving the keeper no chance.
In the end an excellent team performance. On the back of two wins City now face Maldon Town in the cup on April 3rd. This is a must win game with the loser not being able to progress to the next round.
Chelmsford City: Leanne Patten, Celia Catchpole, Helena Golding, Tara Britton, Jessica Peters, Chloe Argent, Roxanne Weller, Alice MacInnes, Hannah Magner, Gabby Gunn and Jessie Casey
Chelmsford City Ladies Under 10 side enjoyed a four out of five succes rate at Westlands School on a sunny Saturday morning, and appeared to be cruising to a full house, until Writtle girls stepped in and spoilt the show.
Having beaten Maldon, Valley Green Belles and Colchester by just a single goal in the one way eight minute games and beat Footwork Sovereigns 3-0. The host team upset the apple-cart with only their second win, beating the Chelmsford girls 1-0 in the last game of the tournament, with a well worked goal 2 minutes from time.
Sophie Haydon (2), Milly Jackson (2), Nicole Parish and Hester Catchpole having all scored in the previous games, were unable to find the back of the net this time, due to a solid Writtle defence.
Having had a number of games cancelled recently, the lack of match play finally took its toll.
Chelmsford City: Sara Cherry, Beth Robson, Gabby Freedman, Brogan Lambert, Hester Catchpole, Alicia Cork, Sophie Wander, Milly Jackson, Nicole Parish and Sophie Wander.
Essex County Womens League
Chelmsford City Reserves 1 Saffron Walden Town 4
City's reserves failed to do themselves justice agaainst a weakened Saffron Waldon side.
Despite a bright start City surrendered the initiative by conceding following a lack of communication between defenders. However with only the one goal deficit at half time City were still in the game and even a second goal from the visitors didn't look to have put the result beyond doubt .It was frustrating therefore that City now failed to
capitalise on some good possession by not testing the opposition keeper sufficiently. This gave Saffron Waldon extra confidence and they scored twice more before Angela McPhee got a late consolation goal.
Essex County Girls League
Under 12 League Cup Group D
Buckhurst Hill 2 Chelmsford City 1
Jenny Spencer-Laitt netted City's goal as they went down by the odd goal in three.