Five star Coventry too strong for R's
QPR LADIES suffered defeat to Coventry United in the FA Women’s Premier League amid difficult circumstances on Sunday.
Strikes from Alison Hall (2), Courtney Murphy, Stephanie Smith and a sublime long-range effort from right-back Ashleigh Neville gave the hosts a 5-0 victory at Pack Meadow.
Due to a late withdrawal, Rangers were dealt a serious blow before kick-off when the goalkeeping curse struck again. Midfielder Jenny Critchley was forced to debut her handling skills and don the gloves, becoming the third outfield player between the sticks this season.
The hosts started the game fast and within six minutes had opened the scoring – Smith rolled the ball past Critchley and into the far corner of the net.
Coventry continued to dominate possession while QPR were forced to defend, with both Critchley and Alia Haggag making vital blocks to avoid an early extension to the scoreline.
The Ladies fell further behind in the 20th minute, though. The impressive Neville continued to attack down the right and fired past Critchley from over 30 yards.
United’s momentum culminated in a third goal shortly after when Murphy slid the ball under Critchley to extend the lead with 23 minutes on the clock.
Rangers’ defence ensured it remained at 3-0 until the break with Critchley forced to make a brace of saves as well as seeing a Neville effort come back off the post.
Coventry looked to extend their lead further after the re-start, but failed to capitalise on a series of chances at the start of the period.
It took until the hour mark for the score to be extended when Hall headed in from a corner past a helpless Critchley.
Just like in the first half, a second goal soon followed in the space of three minutes when a defensive mix-up let Hall collect the ball and round Critchley to complete the scoring with 26 minutes remaining.
One consolation for Rangers was a debut for new signing Sara Lopez, who played the whole game in a defensive midfield role, while Elly Maggs also enjoyed a full 90-minute run-out on her return from an ankle injury.
Elsewhere, the Reserves were edged out by C&K Basildon in a nine-goal thriller. Goals from Olivia Thompson (2), Elizabeth O’Callaghan and Neethu Haridas weren’t ultimately enough in a 5-4 defeat for a depleted R’s side.
The First Team now face FAWPL newbies Swindon Town in a crunch clash at Uxbridge on Sunday.
QPR: Critchley, Lopes, Engels, Haggag, Sseninde, Lopez, Godden, Maggs, Smith, Peck, Nord.