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13:00 7th May 2013

by @OfficialQPR

Ladies boss takes solace from spirited cup final display ...

MARTINO Chevannes insists QPR Ladies ‘did the club proud’ despite Thursday night’s dramatic Middlesex Senior Cup final defeat.

Rangers twice battled back from behind to level the scores in 90 minutes before Barnet's extra-time winner dealt the R’s a late knockout blow. 

Defeat ended the R's hopes of silverware following a disappointing domestic season, but insists his side can hold their heads high after taking the Bees - one division above Rangers - right to the wire.

“There haven’t been many highlights this season but that was one of our best performances,” the R’s boss told 

“We were superb and in the end we had enough chances to win it.

“The players are absolutely gutted but they’ve come off the pitch knowing they gave everything. They did the club proud with their performance.” 

The main talking point came with three minutes remaining of normal time as goalkeeper Eartha Pond fired the R’s level in spectacular fashion.

Chevannes raised eyebrows by urging the R’s stand-in shot-stopper forward for a free-kick but was vindicated as Pond’s set-piece nestled in the bottom corner.

“I know what Eartha’s like. I know she can take a really good free-kick and over the years she’s been a bit of a free-kick specialist,” he said.

“I thought it would be more suited to a left-foot which is why I screamed at Eartha to get forward. I just had a feeling if Eartha took it she’d score. 

“Everyone was worried about her getting back but I was convinced she’d score!”

Thursday's cup exploits proved a welcome distraction from the R's league campaign, which ended on a sour note with relegation confirmed before a final day defeat to Reading on Sunday.

Chevannes added: “It is frustrating because we’ve proved what we can do.

“It’s a shame we haven’t reproduced that form in the league this season against lesser opposition. If we’d played anywhere near that we would have been picking up plenty more points for sure. 

“Had we been able to play like that consistently there’s no way we would have been relegated, we’d have been fighting for the title!” 

Images courtesy of Colin Evans.

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