QPR Ladies v Crystal Palace Ladies - Capital Women's Cup - Sunday, 18th February 2018 - Honeycroft
Simon Cheshire | @SimonCheshire10
QPR Ladies experienced another frustrating afternoon at Honeycroft on Sunday after losing 2-0 to Crystal Palace Ladies, which saw Rangers knocked out of the Capital Women’s Cup.
Rangers – who were dealt an injury crisis before kick-off – started brightly, with Helen Ogle going close early on.
However, after Rangers’ early chance it was Crystal Palace who grew into the game and made the breakthrough within nine minutes. After the ball fell to Palace captain Sammy Rowlands, her effort from the edge of the box flew past the helpless Lauren Dolbear in the Rangers goal to put the visitors ahead.
Rangers were able to pick themselves up after conceding and continued to dominate possession, with Katie Knell and Dominika Netschova linking up well and causing the Palace defence problems.
As the first half progressed the game became very scrappy with Netschova and Ogle both receiving lengthy treatment for knocks, which slowed the momentum of the game.
Martino Chevannes’ team were trying to break the Palace defence down, with Rae Roberts and Cherrelle Albert both seeing their efforts blocked by the stubborn Palace defence.
Both sides had chances on the stroke of half time. Albert broke free of the Palace defence only to be ruled offside, while Amanda Chimbima came to the rescue at the other end – clearing a goal-line scramble to keep the score 1-0 at half time.
Rangers continued to battle away at Crystal Palace throughout the second half, but they simply couldn’t carve out that all-important opportunity. Ogle found herself one-on-one with the Palace ‘keeper Megan Lynch but she couldn’t keep her effort on target.
With 20 minutes remaining Crystal Palace’s Lilli Maple hit a ferocious strike which gave Dolbear no chance and put Palace out of sight.
The second goal really knocked the stuffing out of Rangers, but they defended well to keep the score down. Ultimately, though, it’s Palace who go through to the Capital Women’s Cup Final.
QPR Ladies: Dolbear, Odeniyi, Chimbima, Harte, Deluca (Magill 80), Petit, Roberts (Lynch 62), Ogle, Knell (Skiverton 77), Netschova, Albert.
Images courtesy of Ian Randall.