Search for first win continues for R's Ladies
QPR LADIES were unable to find their first FA Women’s Premier League points of the season as they fell to Cardiff City on Sunday.
Kerry Bartlett’s hat-trick and a strike from Cori Williams cancelled out Alexandra Nord’s debut goal for Rangers, handing the Welsh side all three points at Honeycroft.
The visitors started the game at a fast pace. After dominating possession in the early stages, they delivered an early goal when Williams found space around the back of the defence and fired high into the top corner.
Rangers showed defensive resolve to keep out a barrage of first half chances from the Welsh side to go in only 1-0 down at the break.
The half-time introduction of captain Elly Maggs back from injury was a welcome sight for R’s fans and proved a key momentum changer in the game.
QPR started the second half reinvigorated through Maggs’ leadership and five minutes in had a goal to show for it.
A pinpoint lofted ball from right back Micaela Lopes found Nord on the edge of the box, who slid in under an advancing keeper to net Rangers’ first league goal of the season.
QPR continued to take control of the game and had a strong penalty shout moments later after an apparent handball in the area that the officials controversially waved away.
As discipline became an issue for the away side, who had manager Gary Green given his last warning, QPR looked to get a vital goal that would see a real possibility of three points.
It wasn’t to be for a tiring R’s side, however, as Cardiff struck for a second time with 19 minutes remaining. After an initial shot was well saved by Callie Neat, she could do nothing to stop the advancing Bartlett from slotting in the rebound.
And three minutes later Bartlett was celebrating again. This time she directed in a low cross to get her second of the game and open up a two-goal advantage.
The visitors were able to see out the game for the three points, adding gloss to the scoreline through Bartlett who completed her hat-trick deep into second half stoppage time with a carbon copy of her first goal.
There was better news for the Reserves, though, who tasted victory for the second time this season as they defeated West Ham United 4-1 at Silver Jubilee Park with goals from Neethu Haridas (2), Elizabeth O’Callaghan and Ellie Searle. .
The First Team now look forward to a midweek trip to North London when they face Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night with the hope of registering their first points of the season against one of the league’s in-form teams.
QPR: Neat, Lopes, Peck, Harte, Haggag (Odeniyi 51), Cooper, Critchley (Smith 74), Gwilliam, Godden (Maggs 45), Nord, Engels.
Sub (not used): Sseninde
Goal: Nord 50.