R's exit Plate after Old Actonians defeat
QPR LADIES bowed out of the FA Women’s Premier League plate competition on Sunday after they were defeated 2-1 by Actonians at Uxbridge.
Early goals from Sinead Friel and Melissa Jung handed the ‘hosts’ a two-goal lead within the first 15 minutes.
A dominant second-half performance from Rangers couldn’t yield a comeback, with Sara Lopez’s stoppage-time penalty proving just a consolation.
Rangers were handed the unusual situation of being the away team at their home ground for this west London derby and, due to a kit clash, were forced to don the red and black stripes.
And the R’s preparation wasn’t helped when first choice goalkeeper Sophie Cheadle was delayed, resulting in midfielder Rachel Gwilliam taking responsibility in between the sticks to become Rangers’ fourth outfield player to wear the gloves this season.
Actonians started the game the faster of the two sides, with early chances for both Jessica Byrne and Alessandra Barreca missing the target.
Meanwhile, stand-in goalkeeper Gwilliam was forced into making her first save on ten minutes to deny a long-range effort.
The midfielder was again called into action soon after when she dived low to keep out an initial effort, but couldn’t do anything to prevent Friel following up to tuck away the first for Actonians.
The Ladies continued a bad habit they have this season of conceding successive goals within the space of a few minutes when a corner resulted in a goalmouth scramble two minutes later. An inswinging delivery towards the back post troubled the Rangers defence and the ball trickled over the line with Jung adjudged to have got the final touch.
Further efforts from Friel and Jung forced saves from Gwilliam before squandering a glorious chance to make it three through Barreca on the stroke of half time. The midfielder saw her headed effort go across goal and past the far post for a goal-kick.
The second-half saw the momentum swing in the R’s favour. Early chances for Jess Treharne and Elizabeth O’Callaghan were saved and put over the bar respectively in a series of near misses for Rangers.
With 56 minutes on the clock, manager Martino Chevannes turned to his bench, handing Catherine Butts her First Team debut replacing Alexandra Nord in order to try and find a breakthrough.
And Rangers were forced to look to their substitutes again five minutes later when Treharne was stretchered off after a nasty collision. This time the imminent arrival of goalkeeper Cheadle was a boost, with Cheadle taking the place of Gwilliam in between the sticks whilst Gwilliam moved into her usual defensive midfield role.
Rangers continued to pile on pressure in search of a comeback. Notable efforts came from Lopez and Gwilliam after good work from Butts, whilst the ever-lively midfield duo of Hayley Sloan and Elly Maggs caused nerves in the Actonians’ ranks.
The hard work of captain Maggs paid off in the second minute of stoppage time. After she was brought down in the box, Lopez stepped up to convert the penalty.
Despite eight minutes of stoppage time, Actonians managed to hold on to the slender advantage seeing them progress into the fourth round of the FAWPL Plate at the R’s expense.
The First Team now face a trip to Thamesmead next weekend when they return to FAWPL league action to face fourth-placed Charlton Athletic.
QPR: Gwilliam, Lopes, Engels, Haggag, Sseninde, Treharne (Cheadle 67), O’Callaghan, Sloan, Lopez, Maggs, Nord (Butts 56).
Sub (Not Used): Staples
Goal: Lopez 90.