Derby day delight for QPR Ladies
IT was derby day delight for QPR Ladies on Sunday as a 1-0 victory over Fulham secured the R’s a place in this season's Capital Women’s Cup semi-finals.
In a typically hard-fought west London affair, Dominika Netschova’s strike midway through the second period proved the winner at Motspur Park.
At the other end, Rangers had goalkeeper Gillian Kasirye to thank for preserving victory after tipping a free-kick onto the crossbar at the death.
Martino Chevannes’ side controlled the early stages but were wasteful in front of goal during a first half which was overshadowed by a lengthy injury to R’s captain Elly Maggs following a high challenge.
Rangers continued their hunt for the opener after the re-start and were twice aggrieved by a couple of controversial decisions early in the second half.
First a foul on Netschova only resulted in a free-kick despite appearing to occur inside the box, before a seemingly legitimate goal from Laura Hennessy was disallowed for offside.
Rangers weren’t to be denied, though, and eventually went in front midway through the half. Helen Ogle came close to marking her debut with a goal but instead her shot was parried to Netschova, who smashed home the rebound.
Despite going behind, Fulham remained a threat at the other end and would have forced a penalty shootout had it not been for Kasirye. The R's goalkeper flung herself to keep out a free-kick with the final action of the afternoon as Rangers held on for victory.
Chevannes and co can now look forward to facing Crystal Palace in the last four in February.
QPR Ladies: Kasirye, Hennessy, Petit, Lynch, Peacock, Chimbima, Knell, Adeyemo (Roberts 68), Ogle, Maggs, Netschova.
Goal: Netschova 67.
Images courtesy of Ian Randall.