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Ladies held to draw by Ipswich

Charley Clarke and Amelia Hazard on target in 2-2 draw...

29 November 2017

Amelia Hazard thought she scored the winner for MK Dons Ladies, but Ipswich Town’s Jade Henry made the scores 2-2 late on to deny the Dons all three points.

The Dons were pegged back twice in the game, after Charley Clarke had given her side the lead in the ninth minute of the game, heading home Charly Wright’s corner, only for Ipswich to level the scores two minutes later, when Sophie Welton tucked home a rebound.

Hazard put the Dons ahead once again before the end of the first-half when she toe-poked the ball past their goalkeeper. The referee had previously played an advantage in the Dons’ favour, as Dawn Mallett was fouled in the build-up to the goal which gave Hazard the one-on-one opportunity.

The Dons then successfully held on to their lead all the way until the 81st minute when Henry found herself in space and was able to slot the ball past Sophie Shults.

Ipswich Town then nearly snatched a late winner, but the Dons stood firm to remain unbeaten in their last 13 games. The result sees the Dons drop to third in the league, one point behind Leyton Orient and three points behind league leaders AFC Wimbledon.

Speaking after the game, assistant coach Charlie Bill admitted conceding late was a “tough blow” to take, believing the side had “done enough to win.”

Bill continued by stating what they need to do stop it happening again, saying: “We just need to start showing more composure in and around the 18-yard-box to put these kinds of games to bed.”

The Dons are back in action next Sunday at Willen Road, when they face Cardiff City in the Second Round of the SSE FA Women’s FA Cup.

Starting XI: Shults, Holland, Naylor, Doyle (c), Burgess, Clarke, Hughes, Wright (Roberts 75), Hazard, Mallett (McDonnell 80), Mills (Loftus 70).

Goals: Clarke (9), Hazard (37)

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