QPR FC Women started 2022 with a bang after overcoming London Seaward at Wadham Lodge in the FA Women’s National League on Sunday afternoon.
Demi Edwards’ fine strike on the stroke of half-time was enough to secure all three points for the R’s and kick off the new calendar year in perfect style.
The game itself started off in a very cagey fashion, with both sides keen to maintain possession of the ball but failing to carve out any real significant chances on goal.
It was Rangers who were first to break down a stubborn Seaward defence, with Edwards testing Naomi Ogunde with 15 minutes on the clock.
But after half an hour, the game burst into life with the home side handed a golden opportunity to take the lead from the penalty spot.
However, Katie McClean - who made her first appearance for the Super Hoops following a spell on the sidelines - reacted well to brilliantly deny Abbey Dell from 12 yards, with the R’s stopper on hand to push her effort around the post and ensure the game remained goalless.
The penalty save certainly livened up the National League affair with captain Vicky Grieve unlucky not to break the deadlock with an audacious 40-yard effort which was unfortunately met by the top of the crossbar.
But as the clock ticked closer to half-time, Steve Quashie’s side would eventually pull ahead.
A fine solo run from Kasha Petit eventually saw the R’s wing-back picking out Edwards with a fine cutback, and she was allowed time to turn and fire her effort into the bottom right corner – giving Rangers the lead at the break.
The R’s came out for the second half in a defiant mood, with their defensive qualities on show for all to see.
London Seaward pushed for an equaliser, but it was the visitors who looked more likely to double their advantage.
Ellie Searle’s left-sided cross was met by Brogan Moore inside the area and she was unfortunate to guide her effort over the bar, before Sue Kumaning drove towards goal, seeing her effort brush past the left post.
But Edwards’ goal would be enough for Quashie’s team as they returned to west London with all three points and continued their push up the league table.
The R’s are back in action this Wednesday when they face Actonians Ladies at the Powerday Stadium in the FA Women’s National League (7.45pm KO).
QPR: McLean, Petit, Jordinson, Grieve, Lewin, Searle, Blodgett, Hennessy, Moore, Edwards, Hall.
Substitutes: White, Maloney, Akerman, Kumaning, Curr.
Report written by Jack Fealy