QPR LADIES made the perfect start to life back in the South East Women's Combination League with an opening day victory over Enfield Town on Sunday.
Rangers proved a dominant force throughout the 90 minutes as goals from Chloe Fogarty, debutant Lauren Gage and Kasha Petit's fine individual strike cemented three points on the R's first return to the third tier in five years.
Martino Chevannes' side made the breakthrough within five minutes as Petit's threat down the left carved out an opportunity for Elly Maggs. The R's captain's shot was parried by the visiting goalkeeper, but Fogarty was on hand to capitalise with a looping header into the far corner.
Chevannes' charges were guilty of spurning a host of chances before doubling their lead shortly before half time after Sarah Staples' bursting run was only ended by a last-ditch challenge.
Respite was brief for the visitors though as, from the resulting corner, Gage - a summer signing from Leicester City - capped her debut by volleying home the R's second goal.
There was still time for action at the other end as Enfield threatened an unlikely comeback with a reply in the third minute of first half injury time. On-loan goalkeeper Chelsea Coles denied Town initially with a fine, reflex save but was helpless to Amylee Gulleferr's follow-up effort, stabbing in the rebound from close range.
Rangers retained their grip on proceedings after the interval, restoring their two-goal advantage on the hour mark.
Another move down the R's left saw Petit outpace her marker before cutting inside to drill a low effort beyond the reach of the visiting goalkeeper.
The hosts created further chances to extend their lead late on, no closer when Kat McKenna's free-kick was tipped over the crossbar.
The afternoon ended on something of a sour note as Fogarty's afternoon ended prematurely, leaving the field with ankle ligament damage which looks set to sideline the R's midfielder for the early stages of the season.
QPR: Coles, Bytyqi, Gover, Gage, McKenna, Fogarty (Meadows 75), Mabey, Maggs (c), Petit, Staples (Clarke 87), Wilding.