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Cardiff City 1-1 QPR

Zoe Atkins’ second half equaliser earned Cardiff City Ladies a deserved share of the spoils at home to QPR Ladies in a 1-1 draw. The visitors took the lead through Dominika Netschova in a half first they dominated, but Cardiff controlled the second half and the equaliser from Atkins meant the points were shared in South Wales

The first attempt of the match was a spectacular one from Cori Williams which went well wide from a good 40 yards out; confidence must be high to attempt something like that.

Helen Ogle for QPR was dominating midfield in the opening stages as she was finding herself a lot of space to dictate the tempo of the game, a threat Cardiff needed to cut out if they were to get a result from this game. Kate Bennett looked strong and composed at that back in the early stages, intercepting two passes that would’ve almost certainly lead to goals.

Williams tested Dolbear from outside the box; first real half chance for either side, but the shot caused no harm for the goalkeeper.

The closest either side came to a goal came when Hollie Hogan hit the bar for the visitors, but a great fingertip save from Randall was the best moment of the match so far as Randall’s importance to this side was well and truly emphasised. Shortly after, Randall was at it again with another incredible save, this time tipping Ogle’s effort onto the post before it was cleared away from danger.

Petit then caused a few problems down the left with a good run and effort just wide, the resulting corner was only half cleared, a mishit cross from Netschova looped in over Randall to give the visitors a deserved lead at half time.

The first attack of the second half brought a tame effort from Isaac, a positive start straight from kick off, exactly what the home side needed.

The second half brought much better stuff from Cardiff, with the game played at their pace. Chloe O’Connor was getting more involved which became key to the success Cardiff had during a big second half.

A great counter gave Cardiff their first clear chance of the second half; Jasmine Turner played through but was well challenged by Dolbear. Dolbear was tested by Turner again shortly after when her fierce cross almost sneaked in at the near post, forcing another corner.

A big chance for QPR to score against the run of play followed as Ogle was well played in by Hogan, Randall saved the first shot and the rebound was fired well over from tight angle.

Another big chance came just shy of the hour mark, this time for the home side, as an incredible ball from Llewellyn found Williams who collected well before firing straight at the goalkeeper.

A sweeping counter from QPR almost saw them grab the goal that would’ve finished off the match as a contest, with a great cross by Netschova for Adeyemo, but the cross was just an inch too far from the easiest of finishes. A lucky escape for Cardiff.

Next, a brilliant counter sprung by O’Connor, found Williams, who was too hesitant with the chance and her effort was easily blocked. The deserved equaliser came from the resulting corner, Zoe Atkins tapped home from close range to set up a nervy final 20 minutes.

Cardiff were the side applying most of the pressure, how this game was still only 1-1 at this point was bizarre to say the least. Cardiff had a big chance to win it 5 minutes from time as a header from Atkins in a crowded box came back off the post. Adeyemo was then denied once again by a great save from Randall. The final chance to win it fell to Williams after an incredible through ball by Atkins, however her effort trickled agonisingly wide of the post. Very much a game of two halves, with QPR dominating the first and Cardiff the second. A draw a fair result in the end.

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