QPR Ladies suffer heavy defeat in Wales
QPR LADIES suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Cardiff City on Sunday.
Manager Martino Chevannes was forced into a whole host of changes due to injury, not least having to field two outfielders in goal.
Only five regular first team players were involved against the FA Women’s Premier League high-flyers. Striker Rae Roberts went between the sticks for the first half while defender Hayley Peacock took the gloves in the second period.
In a season that has been plagued with injury crises, both Roberts and Peacock made their second appearances of the season in goal. There were also first competitive appearances of the season for Nikki Waterman and Neethu Haridas as well as minutes to reserve regulars Ellie Searle, Laura Hennessey and Emma Godden.
After an encouraging first ten minutes, Cardiff City broke the deadlock when Emily Allen beat Roberts from close range. Four minutes later and the Welsh side had a second after Jean Sseninde diverted a corner into her own net. It was soon 3-0, with Chloe Lloyd converting after the Rangers defence failed to react to a quick corner.
The R’s did at least have something to cheer about midway through the first half when Mariko Engels’ dangerous cross-come-shot confused the Cardiff goalkeeper and dribbled goalwards, helped over the line by Haridas.
The joy only lasted two minutes, however, as Welsh international Chloe Chivers added her name to the scoresheet before Hope Suominen and Laura Williams swiftly followed suit.
Laura Williams then completed the first half scoring with her second and Cardiff’s seventh, curling in an effort from the edge of a box.
Peacock took the gloves for the second half, but was helpless to Cori Williams netting four minutes after the re-start following a breakaway move.
The R’s defender produced some impressive saves to keep the score down until the 66th minute when Kerry Bartlett fired home.
With 20 minutes remaining, Suominen notched a tenth before Allen again beat Peacock. Suominen completed her hat-trick with 13 minutes remaining to end the scoring in the Welsh capital.
Rangers remain bottom of the FAWPL with three games remaining as a result. The final home fixture of the season, next Sunday against C&K Basildon, is now a must-win tie for Chevannes and his side.
QPR: Roberts (Godden 66), Peacock, Lopes, Sseninde, Waterman, Blodgett, Hennessey, Searle, Haridas (Netschova 81), Sloan, Engels.
Goal: Haridas 23.