Cardiff City 2 - 5 Crystal Palace
FA Women’s Premier League leaders Crystal Palace defeated a spirited Cardiff City Ladies 5-2 in South Wales despite a strong performance from the home side.
The first chance fell for Crystal Palace when a risky header from Llewellyn was pounced upon by Gemma Bryan only for her to be denied by the onrushing Randall.
Crystal Palace took the lead shortly after when a poor clearance was collected in midfield and Amy Green was played through to poke under Randall for an early lead.
Palace almost doubled their lead directly from a corner, McRoberts’ looping corner was headed off the line by the well positioned Jasmine Turner.
Cardiff slowly got back into the game, Laura Williams getting their first sight on goal which was easily held by Lynch.
Another wayward header, this time by Greenway, lead to another chance for Bryan and yet again she was wonderfully denied by Randall. The City keeper was keeping them in the contest by this point.
Palace almost doubled their lead when good work down the wing by Chandler saw Bailes’ flicked touch come back off the post before being cleared to safety.
A huge chance for Cardiff to go in at the break level followed, as Turner was played in down the left but rushed her shot rather than play it across goal for Williams. A big chance missed for the home side, but a promising end to the half for Cardiff nevertheless.
Another huge chance for Cardiff to draw level went begging just seconds into the second half as Cori Williams was put through on goal one on one with Lynch but rushed her shot and fired over. These big missed chances for Cardiff were proving costly against the league leaders.
Palace doubled their lead against the run of play when a corner into a crowded penalty area was headed home by Sarah Jones on the hour mark. Arguably undeserved second goal but Cardiff were punished for squandering big opportunities.
Cardiff got their goal twenty minutes from time when a wonderful one two resulted in Laura Williams setting up Cori Williams who made no mistake in slotting home this time.
Crystal Palace regained their two goal advantage just five minutes later, as poor defending from the home side allowed Gemma Bryan to finally get the goal she’d been threatening all game.
Crystal Palace looked to have sealed the win just a two minutes later, another corner causing all kinds of problems for Cardiff resulted in substitute Ellie Stenning bundling the ball over the line.
Cardiff almost got a goal back straight from kick off, Kelly Isaac’s through ball was flicked on by Williams only for the recovering Jones to easily clear the ball away.
Cardiff grabbed a consolation goal when Cori Williams bagged her second after more good work from Laura Williams saw the captain fire a curling effort into the far corner.
Palace finally killed the game off when Stenning grabbed her second, this time a stunning long range effort leaving Randall no chance.