Three hat-tricks see Man City sweep away fourth-tier Ipswich

Seven teenagers started for Ipswich as they hoped to upset WSL giants Manchester City. But three hat-tricks and a 10-0 win sent the Tractor Girls tumbling out of the FA Cup.

The team from the fourth tier of English football gave it their all for the entire game but couldn’t get a word in edgeways. Instead they fell to a gargantuan 10-0 loss against the side that currently lead the Women’s Super League.

Pauline Bremer was once again the star of the show. The City forward dominated proceedings, scoring herself the first of the afternoon’s hat-tricks.

The other goals came from Laura Coombs, Jess Park and Georgia Stanway. Stanway got her brace after spending the first two-thirds of the game at centre-half.

She moved to partner Pauline Bremer up top when Matilde Fidalgo came on for a rare appearance in defence, replacing Lauren Hemp.

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Hat-trick havoc

City’s first goal came from an Ipswich corner. The ball in looked threatening but within ten seconds, Laura Coombs was galloping away from the last defender to be one-on-one with the Town keeper.

She made no mistake with her finish and set the tone for City to take the game by the scruff of the neck.

Park scored the goal of the game to get the scoreline up to 9-0. Her curling effort from outside the box completed a hat-trick of her own.

Stanway secured her hat-trick with a 30-yard screamer, belting the ball into the back of the net upon encouragement from the crowd.

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City ran away with the game in the second half. They dominated from the outset but they really found their finishing boots in the second period.

Despite the result, Ipswich goalkeeper Nikita Runnacles made some fine saves. She denied Coombs a couple of times, with one save in the second half possibly falling into the world-class category.

Anna Grey impressed for Ipswich. She was one of many teenagers that got game time for the travelling side, having turned 18 earlier this week.

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Man City move on to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, as they hope to retain their prestigious title.

The draw for the next round will take place on BBC Radio 5 Live on Monday evening.

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