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Ladies Report: Crystal Palace 1-3 Aston Villa Ladies

3 December 2018

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Crystal Palace Ladies suffered a tough home defeat at the hands of Aston Villa Ladies, losing 3-1 at Hayes Lane on Sunday afternoon.

Two back-to-back goals for Villa won them the three points as the game ran over the half-hour mark, however the Clarets had always seemed the dominant side against a hard-working Palace.

They began the match fastest, threatening Palace's goal after just three minutes as Kerri Welsh drifted into the home side's box only to have her shot driven down by Anneka Nuttall before Sophie Haywood headed the resulting corner over Shanell Salgado's bar.

It didn't take long after this for Villa to break the deadlock, and Haywood took their opener when she chested home from a long, probing free-kick towards the Palace back-post.

Both sides then enjoyed a handful of tame chances, including True's volley for Palace, which missed the goal by inches, and Chloe Burr's cross which was well held by visiting 'keeper, Sian Rogers.

However, it was Villa who found themselves celebrating next as Nadine Hanssen lobbed Salgado to double the Claret's lead.

Two minutes later, Amy West struck the ball in off the post from 25-yards to give Villa their third of the day in eye-catching fashion.

As the first half drew to a close, however, Crystal Palace gifted themselves a chance to come back when Nikita Whinnett broke into the Villa box before curling the ball past Rogers to open Palace's account.

Manager Dean Davenport made a double substitution at half-time, and the move seemed to sure Palace up somewhat as they were able to drive forward more than they were in the game's opening exchanges.

Despite their improved hold on the game, Palace were unable to create any real chances of note, however, and it was Eagles 'keeper Salgado who was forced into action most seriously, rushing out to steal the ball from the feet of Welsh.

10 minutes later, she was made to remain alert when tipping Hutton's fizzing effort around the post to keep the Palace goal guarded for the game's second half.

Haywood was then frustrated to have a headed effort disallowed for offside in the 79th minute but, after play was restarted, neither team could trouble the other much and so the match finished 3-1 as the referee blew for full time.

Palace: Salgado, Nuttall, Butler, Stevens, Mackenzie, Watling (Haydock 46), Chandler, Burr, Nash (Green 46), Whinnett, True (Martins). 

Subs not used: Giorgiou, Davenport, Collins, McRoberts.

Villa: Rogers, Ale, NDow, Richards, Gibson, Hassall, Hanssen, West, Haywood, Hutton, Welsh (Smith 81).

Subs not used: Warner, Elsmore, Baptiste, Brown, Hall.

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