Match Report: Cardiff City Ladies vs Ipswich Town Women (0-3)

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By Lee Clow

Cardiff City Ladies suffered a 3-0 defeat to Ipswich Town Women at Ocean Park Arena.

Goals by Zoe Barratt and Anna Grey gave the visitors the three points on a rainy day in South Wales.

Ipswich started the brighter of the two sides, as Cardiff were slow out of the blocks.

Barratt was the most dangerous player in the opening exchanges as she had two chances in quick succession. Her first was a long range effort which just flew past the post, while her second just grazed the bar from close range.

On 15 minutes, the visitors squandered the then best chance of the half. A cross from the right met the diving head of Natasha Thomas, but Estelle Randall, making only her second appearance in net for the home side, spectacularly pushed the ball out to keep the scores level.

Moments later, Ipswich finally got the goal they deserved in spectacular fashion. Barratt on the right hand side drove at the Cardiff defence before looping her effort into the top corner, over the reach of the helpless Randall.

After the early onslaught by the visitors, Cardiff eventually grew into the game, but they could not create any meaningful attacks.

Moments before the interval, Ipswich's number one was called upon, not just once but twice, as the home side finally kicked into an attacking gear. Sarah Quantrill first denied Isobel Newns, before making a fantastic diving save to stop Ellie Sargent.

In the second half, Ipswich regained control of the game and within seconds scored their second goal. Great play down the right once again led to a square ball across the box, which Grey gratefully tapped home to add breathing space between the two sides.

On the hour mark, Ipswich made it three with an almost identical goal to the first. This time from the left hand side, Grey looped a cross over Randall, crushing any hope of a Cardiff comeback.

For the remainder of the game, the visitors continued to created chances and easily could’ve added to their tally if it wasn't for some heroics by Randall in goal.

After an impressive run of games which saw three wins in five matches, Cardiff fell short against a strong Ipswich side, making their relegation fight significantly harder going into the final stages of the season.

What's next?

Cardiff have a second home game in a row as they take on Southampton at Ystrad Mynach on March 20.