Worcester City women had their League Cup run drawn to a close in a 3-1 away defeat to Coventry Sphinx.

Coventry, appearing rejuvenated after recent wins against Shrewsbury and Lichfield City, dealt a gritty end to Worcester's campaign at the Sphinx Industrial Supplies Arena with goals from the host's Jodie McGuckin, Lauren Swift and Anaya O'Brien too much for the score of City's Jess Fassnidge.

The first half was slow-paced and concentrated, with both teams striving for their slice of glory.


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The hosts drew first blood in the 10th minute with an impressive long-range shot from McGuckin finding the net.

Despite the setback, City midfielders Laura Davies and Annie Sime fought valiantly for the upper hand as they searched for the equaliser.

City deservedly levelled things up in the 34th minute, when first-team debutant Tilly Pearson hared down the right wing before crossing over to the prolific Fassnidge, who beat her defender to drive the ball home.

City accelerated play in the wake of Fassnidge's goal, but with a solid Sphinx defence, Worcester could not secure a leading goal.

Simultaneously, the away side's defence showed resolve in subduing all Sphinx counter-attacks, leaving the score level at half-time.

Some half-time changes from Worcester did not deter Sphinx as they pressed in attack, but goalkeeper Sofia Stolt remained steadfast between the sticks.

The Sphinx, relentless and determined, found themselves a goal ahead again in the 60th minute, thanks to a score from Swift.

Annie Sime, in a remarkable position in front of goal just three minutes later, missed the chance to equalise, sending her effort just wide of the posts.

The Sphinx countered quickly and caught Worcester off guard to net their third and final goal in the 66th minute through O'Brien.

Despite the deficit, Worcester showed off some defensive mettle for the remainder of the match.

Stolt, rallying until the very end, continued defending her net with determination to freeze the score to the final whistle.

The team now looks ahead to next week's all-Worcester County Cup Final, when they will take on their own development team at Claines Lane.