Penalties strike woe (again!)
By Ben Waite
It was a County Cup exit for Crystal Palace Reserves on Sunday when they were defeated by Leyton Orient Development after a penalty shoot-out.
The game finished 1-1 before going straight to penalties where the away side were victorious 3-1 at the Warren.
It wasn’t to be a simple ending for Palace though as goalkeeper Lauren Allen
was forced off with a suspected broken nose and defender Paige Alford
forced to go in goal for the shoot-out.
The Reserves with only one defeat this season, also via a penalty shoot-out to Tottenham, started the game the faster with Demi Edwards
lively in midfield. It was the home side who looked the more likely to open the scoring with Charmaine True
trying to find an opening. A corner was forced and captain Lily Stevens
rattled the post before Hannah Corlett
was denied by the Orient goalkeeper.
Another corner on 15 minutes again caused trouble in the Orient box with True seeing a header cleared off the line and the resulting scramble coming to nothing. Just a minute later, Palace were ahead however when True did find the net. Again a corner was not cleared by Leyton Orient and True hammered home from close range with her second attempt.
Leyton Orient looked for a quick response and found one. Just two minutes later, a dangerous free kick from first team regular Belen Ripoll Douton found the bottom corner via Allen’s fingertips.
Midfielder Edwards was next to try her luck, but her shot was saved. Top scorer True was also trying to make an impact but found herself with the wrong type of impact finding her name in the referee’s notebook after a scrap with a Leyton Orient defender. Both received a booking.
Looking for another goal, Palace made an early change with Corlett making way for Monay Thomas
and a more central focus to the tactics of the side. Charlie Goad
tried her luck after a superb solo run but could only fire her effort left of the mark, moments before the half time whistle.
With a chance to regroup at the break, Palace hoped the tie would avoid going to a dreaded penalty shoot-out but this wasn’t to be the case.
A slow start to the second half with Mia Lockett
using her energy to make space on the edge of the box but lacked the final product. With fifteen minutes of regular time remaining, Thomas went close but scooped her effort over the bar. Midfielder Beau Parker
also saw an effort fly over as an edge of desperation seemed to creep in; Amy Sinden
also flying the ball over from midfield.
An unfortunate incident unfolded with six minutes to go, when goalkeeper Allen made a brave save before taking a heavy knock from the oncoming Orient attacker; a collision that resulted in the keeper being forced off with a facial injury. With only midfielder Jo Blodgett
remaining on the bench, defender Alford took the shirt and gloves while Blodgett slotted in to defence.
Alford remained untroubled for the remaining minutes but was to face spot kicks between the posts after a 1-1 score line at the end of ninety.
With Palace up first, captain Stevens saw her effort saved before Orient hit the post. (0-0)
Parker fired wide with the second, while Orient found the net. (0-1)Teagan Ashley
became the third Palace player to be unsuccessful as the keeper saved while Orient again converted. (0-2)
Striker True confidently found the net, but the damage was done as Orient scored to start jubilation between the away dugout, players and fans. (1-3)
It was to be Leyton Orient who advanced in the cup, while Palace can now focus on a top of the table league clash next week at The Warren where Chichester City are the visitors.
Crystal Palace: Allen (Blodgett 84), Alford, Stevens, Goad, Ashley, Corlett (Thomas 38), Keogh (Robinson 63), Parker, Edwards (Sinden 73), Lockett, True.
Goal: True 16.
Yellow Card: True 28.