- QPR Ladies win 2-1 at Forest Green Rovers on Sunday
- Rangers overturn half-time deficit for second week running
- Second-half goals from Emma Whitter and Juliette Denny clinch third straight FAWPL win
QPR LADIES celebrated a third successive victory in the FA Women’s Premier League as they came from behind to see off Forest Green Rovers on Sunday.
Rangers fell behind in the first half when Annie Martin found the net but, for the second week running, a superb second half performance turned things around.
Emma Whitter provided a reply before Juliette Denny’s first goal for the club 16 minutes from time gave the R’s a valuable three points.
The game got off to a flying start. QPR began on top, with only two minutes on the clock when Danielle Puddefoot fired the first effort over from range.
Rangers continued to control the game and with chances from Puddefoot and Jo Wilson testing Abbie Morrisey in between the Forest Green sticks, a goal for the visitors looked on the cards.
And with half an hour gone it looked like the pressure had paid off. Whitter found the back of the net with a header only to be ruled out by the officials for offside.
It was starting to look like the teams would go into the break all level before a counter attack from Forest Green opened the scoring. With Martin on the break, her looped crossed evaded Victoria Caldwell in the Rangers net and put the hosts 1-0 up at half-time.
Again QPR started the second half with a sense of determination to get back in the game and were in need of a second half performance similar to that which provided victory last time out in Lewes.
Wilson looked to lead that charge and went close after a one-on-one with the ‘keeper that narrowly went wide.
A chance seemed to be coming for Rangers, and through the lively Wilson one duly came after she tumbled in the box for a penalty. Whitter stepped up and calmly tucked away the equaliser.
Rangers went looking for a winner and when Sophie Fogarty was felled on the left after good work, a free-kick provided the perfect opportunity. A well delivered set-piece from Fogarty picked out the on-rushing Denny, who calmly controlled and placed her effort into the corner to claim her first Rangers goal.
Another tense finish for Rangers was in store but, after a period of sustained late pressure from the hosts, the R’s held on to claim all three points.
Victory over the Green Devils sees the Ladies move up to eighth position in the FAWPL, climbing above West Ham United after their defeat to Portsmouth.
Caldwell, Denny, Odeniyi (Lopes 83), Humble, Dempster, Maggs, Layton, Wilson (Albert 73), Puddefoot, Fogarty, Whitter.
Subs (not used): Andersson, Hayes
Whitter 59, Denny 74.
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