Extra-time heartbreak for Town's U21s
Town Women's Under 21s were defeated 1-0 in the WSL Academy Cup semi-final after conceding with eight minutes left of extra-time against Arsenal on Sunday.
It was a valiant effort from the young Blues who defeated Manchester City in the previous round and were looking to book their place in the final against Manchester United.
After a positive opening 40 minutes for the Blues, the first-half was temporarily suspended following a nasty collision between Town 'keeper Leonie Jackson & Gunners forward Paige Bailey-Gayle.
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After almost an hour delay & a change of pitch, the game was allowed to resume for the final five minutes of the first-half although neither side could break the deadlock before the interval.
The Gunners dominated the second period but were met with strong resistance from the Blues defenders & substitute goalkeeper Emily Goodacre to take the game into extra-time.
Joe Sheehan's side did still pose a threat on the counter-attack, but the killer blow was delivered in the 112th minute as Jennifer Echegeni turned a dangerous cross into the net.
Despite the late set back, Town went in search of a late equaliser and it almost arrived in the closing moments but Mia Cinque's effort was blocked inside the six yard box with Arsenal holding on to secure their place in the final.
Town XI: Jackson (Goodacre), Bedeau (Billson), Peake, Egan, Hubbard (c), Lafayette, Morton (Woodbyrne), King (Cinque), Abrehart (Thomas), Grey, Kellett.