Wimbledon Yellows 7 – Crystal Palace Reds 4.
By Luke Hunter
An amazing comeback from Crystal Palace but not enough to keep them in the race for the cup.
Struggling first half for Palace led to Wimbledon grabbing every opportunity for a 5 – 0 defeat by half time. The pressure came early on when a cross from Wimbledon 2 minutes in flew past Rosie to the top right corner. Laila B and Ascala went straight into defence whilst Laila M and Adenya worked hard to equalise, but was shut down by Wimbledon’s keeper.
Minutes later Wimbledon swept past Lorna to score another goal but she came back strong when she saved a further attempt from the Yellows. Despite persistence from Millie and Mia and an impressive save from Isla, Adenya’s second attempt was not enough as Wimbledon blasted a third goal into the net.
Still on defence mode the Red’s battled hard with likes of Matilda and Mia getting the ball down to Laila M, but a snatch from the Yellows led to a missed judgement by Rosie running out, giving them another opportunity to score 28 minutes in. 2 minutes later Wimbledon fired another shot but this did not come easily as Rosie gave them a difficult task in achieving this.
Nobantu into play 10 minutes to half time made sure that the ball was not passing her, keeping to her word allowed Katie and Mia lead the remaining minutes of the half to a further attempt from Laila M and Adenya.
Within 2 minutes of the whistle on the second half (10:52), the Yellows had begun their dominance once again and the Reds had conceded a further 2 goals, giving a score of 7 - 0. But Palace were not losing morale; giving up was not an option. Maia ran through Wimbledon to pass to Laila B, allowing her the chance to cross and shoot, but the keeper jumped into action. Wimbledon returned with a further 2 attempts but Rosie’s impressive dive and jump was no match. Adenya determined to score took another opportunity but this led to a rebound of the keeper.
Seeing that the dominance had begun to take a turn, Nobantu used this opportunity to get the ball down to attack. With a foul from Wimbledon leading to a free kick taken by Maia put the Reds in a good position, but this was quickly overturned as Wimbledon fired back but was saved by Laila B and Nobantu. Rosie’s kick placed the ball at Laila M’s feet before passing to Maia for a further attempt. Laila M being a prime target for the Yellow’s had her surrounded which resulted in an injury and an early exit at 11:02. One player and 7 goals down the Reds were still optimistic to not end with zero goals on their record.
With the ball back into play, Adenya went close to the edge of the box and crosses the ball, zooming straight past the keeper, 13 minutes into the second half. Back in the centre with no time to spare Esme and Adenya tag team to reveal another superb cross within 40 seconds of the first goal. Wimbledon beginning to feel the pressure try make a comeback but Laila B was not budging; Esme and Adenya go for round three but the Yellows defence worked hard to overturn them. Rosie adamant to not let any more goals in saved a further two shots.
Palace now determined to keep the ball down their opponents half formed an alliance with Esme, Matilda and Ascala; allowing Katie the opportunity to fire up the pitch and pass to Nobantu giving Adenya the chance to score a hattrick. The Red’s beginning to feel like their ‘usual’ self, continued strong, before another injury led Matilda down and in pain.
With only minutes remaining Palace knew they were out the cup but this did not stop Adenya from blasting the ball on the crossbar and Katie receiving the rebound to add further goal. With an injured keeper from Wimbledon the game shortly ended with 7 – 4 to Wimbledon Yellows.
Out of the cup but an impressive turnaround led the girls happy and motivated for their next league game at home against Woking Cougars FC.