It was another three points in the Reserve South/South West Division on Sunday when QPR were downed 2-0 at Charles Darwin School.
First half goals from Jade Davenport and Jade Keogh gave Palace Reserves victory to remain top of the pile with seven games remaining.
The reserves faced Rangers for the second time in seven days after a 4-1 away reversal last Sunday. Winger Charlie Goad was an early outlet for Palace alongside Davenport on the opposite side looking dangerous. Nicole Pepper, a recent arrival in the squad after previously playing for Charlton Athletic, looked calm and composed at the back producing a vital tackle to prevent the visitors from an early opportunity.
It took until the quarter hour mark for Rangers goalkeeper Gillian Kasiyre to show she wasn’t here to make Palace have an easy day. The keeper was in fine form and produced a save to deny the league’s top scorer Charmaine True.
Kasiyre was again at the heart of the action as Davenport showed her speed down the right wing before the R’s goalkeeper saved bravely at the feet of the attacker.
Palace were then given a golden opportunity to take the lead on 33 minutes when Ugandan International and Common Goal member Jean Sseninde blocked an effort in the box with an outstretched arm. Penalty awarded. True, looking to score for her fourth game in a row in 2019, stepped up but Kasiyre seemed unbeatable producing a fantastic save to keep the tie goalless.
The penalty decision led to a lack of concentration within the QPR defence however and the deadlock was broken two minutes later. Davenport latched on to a pinpoint cross from Goad to head home the opener at the back post.
Three minutes later, it was double Jade trouble for Rangers as midfield counterpart; Jade Keogh made it two goals in two games. A QPR clearance was hit against their own player leading to Keogh eligible to attack the loose ball and calmly slot into the bottom corner to make it 2-0.
Goad went close at the end of the half but Kasiyre had recomposed; a no more goals mentality adopted.
The lively winger started the second half where she left off, an early effort flying over from yards out. True also denied by Kasiyre. Palace looked to change mind set to try to beat an adamant Kasiyre with Davenport striking the post direct from a corner.
A rare effort for the visitors via a corner came to nothing before Monay Thomas was the latest to be denied by the QPR stopper. Beau Parker playing in midfield attempted a long range effort but the words heard after the effort summed it up, the corner flag under more threat than the goalkeeper.
Amy Sinden was introduced from the bench after 70 minutes and the midfielder could’ve added a third but her effort travelled across the goalmouth before being cleared. Fellow substitute Mia Lockett was also introduced to Gillian Kasiyre, her effort saved low at the near post.
The game seemed to peter out in the second half as Lockett looked to add some late energy but no surprise, Kasiyre with a great save to deny the young striker three minutes from time.
The tie ended 2-0 and another three points for Palace. They face a top of the table clash with Chichester City at The Warren next Sunday.
Crystal Palace: Salgado, Lock, Pepper, Stevens, Parker, Robinson (Sinden 70), Keogh (Blodgett 85), Thomas, Davenport (Ashley 85), Goad (Lockett 70), True.
Updated 11:20 - 18 Feb 2019 by Ben Waite
Goals: Davenport 35, Keogh 38.