QPR Women 'showed a huge amount of character' to come back from 2-0 down and pick up another precious point against Loughborough Foxes in The FA Women’s National League on Sunday afternoon.
Courtnay Ward-Chambers and Jo Wilson’s second half strikes ensured the R’s overcame a two-goal deficit and claim a share of the spoils in a game which Martino Chevannes’ side will feel they deserved so much more from.
Rangers started the game on the front foot, with Wilson going close to breaking the deadlock in the opening exchanges. QPR continued to threaten with Ward-Chambers the next to go close.
Despite the positive start Loughborough took the ascendancy, with Rangers having to defend resolutely. Despite slipping, R’s keeper Gillian Kasirye produced a fine save to deny the visitors.
On the stroke of half-time Rangers’ defensive work was undone as Tia Hicks pounced. Unleashing a shot from the edge of the box, her effort beat everyone and nestled in the bottom corner to give the visitors the lead.
Following the break Rangers looked more threatening with Ward-Chambers producing a moment of panic for the visitors’ defence when her cross was almost turned into the Foxes goal.
QPR continued to dominate with Wilson latching onto a long ball before finding herself one on one with Amy Burle in the Foxes net. But Wilson spurned her opportunity to draw the R’s level.
A Ward-Chambers set-piece again struck fear in the Loughborough defence, but Burle reacted quickly to deny the troubling R’s attacker.
However, in the 67th minute against the run of play substitute Eva Rogers doubled the visitors’ lead with her fine effort from the edge of the box leaving Kasirye helpless.
But a minute later Ward-Chambers pounced on a loose ball after some hassling work from Wilson and her lobbed effort dipped over everyone and gave the R’s a route back into the game.
Moments later Ward-Chambers was at it again but this time her shot dipped onto the base of the post and sailed harmlessly out of play, denying Rangers a deserved equaliser.
Kasirye produced another moment of magic in the QPR net as she denied Laura Steele’s free-kick with a fantastic fingertip save.
In the 78th minute Rangers finally got the equaliser they craved as Wilson latched on to another long ball before slotting home.
Chevannes’ side continued to press for the elusive winner with Ward-Chambers and Wilson continuing to threaten the visitors’ defence, but they ultimately had to settle for a draw.
Manager Chevannes shared his pride at a fantastic performance after the full-time whistle, telling www.qpr.co.uk: “We deserved all three points and no one will dispute that. I’m so proud of the players, we took them apart especially in the second half and had we been more clinical in front of goal the scoreline would’ve been completely different.
“We showed great character to come back from two goals down, played with great confidence and there was only one team that ever looked like winning, but we missed numerous chances to wrap the game up and that has ultimately cost us.
“We played so well and I’m so proud of every single player today.”
Chevannes’ side are back in action next Sunday when Rangers travel to MK Dons in the FA Women’s National League.
QPR Women: Kasirye, Chimbima (Anes 53), Kinnane, Kumaning, Jordinson, Grieve, Petit, Puddefoot, Wilson, Ward-Chambers, Nebbitt (Shakes 80).
Goals: Ward-Chambers 68, Wilson 78.
Report by Simon Cheshire.
Images courtesy of Ian Randall.