Cardiff City Ladies v QPR Ladies - FA Women's Premier League Southern Division - Sunday, 14th January 2018 - Cardiff International Sports Stadium
QPR LADIES had to settle for a share of the spoils from Sunday’s trip to Cardiff City in the FA Women’s Premier League.
Martino Chevannes’ side dominated for long periods in the Welsh capital and deservedly led through Dominika Netschova’s stunning 38th-minute opener.
However, Rangers were made to rue a hatful of missed chances to extend their advantage as Zoe Atkins’ second-half equaliser denied the R’s all three points.
Rangers – full of confidence after a 4-1 thrashing of Swindon Town seven days earlier – continued where they left off, and started on the front-foot.
Helen Ogle and Elly Maggs were both denied by the woodwork in the opening half, while Kasha Petit saw a shot tipped around the post.
The breakthrough did come, though, and in spectacular fashion. Netschova cut inside from the right flank before letting fly with a sumptuous strike which flew into the far top corner.
Chances continued to fall the R’s way after the break. Rae Roberts and substitute Pauline Adeyemo both came close but a decisive second goal proved elusive.
Instead, it was Cardiff who found the net next. After Rangers failed to clear their lines from a corner, a goalmouth scramble ended with Atkins poking the loose ball home.
Both sides pushed for a winner, and it was the hosts who threatened late on.
After seeing City strike the woodwork five minutes from time, Rangers were equally relieved when Cardiff spurned a glorious chance and fired wide at the death.
Chevannes and co return to home soil this weekend when they host Crystal Palace at Honeycroft.
QPR Ladies: Dolbear, Peacock, Petit, Deluca, Odeniyi, Ogle, Bradley, Maggs, Netschova, Hogan (Adeyemo 58), Roberts (Lynch 75).
Goal: Netschova 38.
Images courtesy of Tracy Smyth.