QPR Ladies v Old Actonians Ladies
QPR LADIES were defeated for the second time in as many weeks by Actonians on Sunday as they bowed out of the Capital Women’s Cup.
The game took a similar pattern as the previous meeting a fortnight earlier with Alessandra Barreca opening the scoring for Actonians in the first half.
Melissa Jung then added a second before Mariko Engels opened her account for the season with the R’s stoppage-time consolation.
Rangers were without manager Martino Chevannes, who heads out to Malaysia with QPR in the Community Trust, leaving the side in the capable hands of assistants Tony Smith and Adrian Iglesias. The R’s made two changes from the defeat to Charlton last weekend with Elly Maggs and Rachel Gwilliam returning, taking the places of Juliette Denny and Jean Sseninde.
It was the hosts who started the brighter with captain Maggs and the lively Dominika Netschova causing Actonians problems.
The R’s continued to dominate possession in the first 20 minutes but they were unable to take their chances.
Instead, a counter-attacking move from the visitors provided the opening goal. Carla Williams was the creator down the right, feeding Barreca to slot home on the 25-minute mark.
After the setback of conceding, the Ladies looked to respond immediately with Alexandra Nord squandering a rare chance wide of the mark after springing the offside trap. This, coupled with efforts from Katie Butts and a Jade Dempster free-kick that rattled the crossbar, summed up the lack of luck on Rangers’ side.
Butts continued to use her pace to trouble the Actonians defence with both Sinead Friel and Leah Taylor picking up cautions for their attempts to halt the winger.
It was Actonians who were to have the last chance of the first-half against the run of play when an effort from Jessica Byrne forced a corner. The corner caused panic in the box, and Rangers had Engels to thank for clearing an effort off the line.
The second-half was again dominated by Rangers. Once more, though, they struggled to find a breakthrough.
Worse was to follow as, after a defensive error, Jung was on hand to double Actonians’ tally with ten minutes remaining. Confusion between Ashleigh Harte and goalkeeper Callie Neat gave Jung the time to close down, take the ball and fire past Neat for her second goal in as many games against Rangers.
It was a case of too little too late again when left back Engels did manage to put the ball in the net deep into stoppage time. A dangerous free-kick from Dempster wasn’t cleared by Actonians and Engels’ attempt from the edge of the box looped into the top corner.
The final whistle soon followed, with the visitors advancing into the semi-finals of the Capital Women’s Cup.
Meanwhile, the Reserves did manage to progress in their Intermediate Cup game, defeating UCL 4-2 at Silver Jubilee Park.
The First Team now face a crunch tie against fellow FA Women’s Premier League strugglers West Ham United at Uxbridge FC next Sunday.
QPR: Neat, Lopes, Engels, Dempster, Gwilliam, Cooper, Critchley, Butts, Nord (Harte 46), Maggs, Netschova (Odeniyi 75).
Subs (Unused): Lopez, Sseninde, Staples.
Goal: Engels 90.