Newcastle United 0-1 Ipswich Town: O’Brien’s early long-range effort enough to progress


Ipswich Town managed to hang on and advance into the next round of the FA Cup and avoid a shock exit at the hands of Newcastle United.

A stunning long-range effort from Lucy O’Brien was enough to end Newcastle United’s heroic run in the FA Cup.

Lucy O’Brien opened the scoring after just three minutes as she fired home from 25-yards out.

Ipswich wasted no time in asserting their dominance when the ball fell to O’Brien 25-yards out and the midfielder took the opportunity to fire home into the top left corner.

Newcastle United dangerous without finding the back of the net

After the goal, Newcastle threatened with pace in behind but failed to test Sarah Quantrill in goal, while the visitors looked to control possession and frustrate the Magpies.

Despite both sides enjoying spells of dominance in the first half, neither were able to turn that into chances in front of goal with neither goalkeeper called into action.

Newcastle thought they had equalised on 75 minutes when a back-post header was hooked off the line by an Ipswich defender stopping a guaranteed goal.

The Magpies really started to apply the pressure in the second half with Quantrill being called upon twice within a few minutes to deny Katie Barker’s near-post effort before Raceh Lee stung the palms of the keeper moments later.

Late attacking intent not enough to progress

Ipswich were hanging on for the victory late on with Newcastle keeping the pressure on the visitors with corners and long balls being lofted into the box, but they stood firm.

Newcastle threw the kitchen sink at Ipswich but despite numerous corners, set pieces and shots at goal, they weren’t able to breach a resolute Ipswich backline.

It was just one single moment of quality that proved to be the difference, which will certainly not dishearten Newcastle but will give them hope moving forward.

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