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CCFC Ladies retain FA County Cup

9 May 2013

Coventry City Ladies sealed a dramatic penalty-shoot out win over Sporting Albion...

Coventry City Ladies retained the Birmingham FA County Cup with a dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Sporting Albion at Solihull Moors.

The Sky Blues started strongly and went into a deserved lead thanks to Helen Dermody’s half-volley strike in the 4th minute. 

City continued to stride forward with the impressive Dermody denied an early brace as her 25-yard free-kick hit the crossbar just six minutes later.

Coventry continued to control the game until they were pegged back with just 15 minutes remaining as Albion’s Ashleigh Neville chipped the ball over City keeper Sue Wood.

They was a late scramble of chances for both sides as the game approached the 90-minute mark but neither side could find a winner so the game went into extra time.

With just eight minutes remaining in extra time, City’s Natalie Reay thought she had won the game when she blasted the ball into the roof of the net from a City corner but Albion struck a cruel blow in the final minute of extra time to send the game to penalties.

Despite the late blow, City picked themselves up and triumphed 4-3 on penalties to retain the Birmingham FA County Cup, and seal another fantastic season for the Coventry City Ladies. 

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