This week, the Blues took part in the first round of the cup against London-based Queen Mary University, who are currently top of their division. Queen Mary had the stronger start; going 1-0 up after 5 minutes, with a well-placed through ball that met their winger, whose shot from outside the box evaded the Cambridge defence. However, the Blues responded quickly with an equaliser – although the ball bobbled about in the penalty box, Daisy Luff capitalised on the rebound from Temi Adeyemi’s close shot to make it 1-1. The Blues maintained possession well for the rest of the half, with the defence holding the back line well to prevent any further Queen Mary attempts on goal.
With everything to play for in the second half, the Blues started strongly and Temi’s shot was unfortunate to bounce off the crossbar. A minute later, Natalie Faktor sent a long ball forward to which Daisy reached just before the keeper and knocked it into the goal to make it 2-1 to Cambridge. However, Queen Mary reacted well and scored two goals in quick succession. The Blues carried on fighting and equalised before the final whistle – Zoe Cohen played a through ball to Liz Ashcroft on the wing who beat a player and placed the ball to Jen Atherton who calmly turned and slotted the ball past the keeper. Tensions were high as the game went to extra time. The Blues appeared to be the stronger team in terms of possession but were thankful for keeper Laura Bleehen pulling off several fantastic saves to stop Queen Mary taking the lead.
It was time for penalties. Luckily, Laura carried on having the game of her life and great goals from Linnea, Jen and Henny made it 3-1 and secured the Blues’ place in the second round of the cup! They will face Exeter at home on the 14th February.