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Ladies Report and Gallery: Crystal Palace 7-2 London Bees

14 December 2018

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Crystal Palace Ladies stormed to victory on Thursday night against a visiting London Bees as they ran out 7-2 victors to finish third in the Continental Cup Group One South.

An Ashlee Hincks quadruple won the game for Palace, with Chloe Burr and Charmaine True also netting to record a thoroughly pleasing scoreline for the Eagles.

The Ladies started the game on the front foot, almost immediately testing visiting 'keeper Sarah Quantrill when Burr swerved the ball with pace in her direction only for the Bees shot-stopper to force her palms behind it and send it over the bar.

It wouldn't take long to open the game's scoring, though, and it was Hincks who took a touch in the box to then fire home from close range after Burr played her through well to give Palace a 1-0 lead.

Responding to the Eagles' opener, the visitors began to attack with conviction and Katie Wilkinson tried to lob Shannell Salgado when through on goal but the Palace 'keeper was able to save comfortably. However, minutes later, the Bees found their equaliser as Lauren Pickett rounded both Salgado and defender Pam McRoberts to slot home and bring the score level.

And just six minutes later, the away side would go on to take the lead as Anne Laure-Davy crossed the ball in and in doing so caught Salgado off-guard who was unfortunate to turn the ball in just over her own line.

However, Palace weren't to be defeated and reacted fantastically to losing their lead, bringing themselves level again when Hincks bagged her second with a well-curled free-kick from the edge of the box. 

It was Hincks - firing on all cylinders in attack - who then nearly regained Palace's advantage when she latched onto a frantically bouncing ball to strike hard at goal, though Quantrill did well not only to save the effort but to hold it as well.

Hincks wasn't to be denied her hat-trick however and, as the hectic first-half drew to a close, the Eagles were awarded a penalty. It was only right that the former Millwall forward should step up to take it and she slotted the ball far into the corner, out of reach for Quantrill, giving Palace the lead heading back to the changing rooms.

The Eagles ran-out for the second-half, buoyed by the momentum of their first-half lead and tightened their grip on the game when Burr rifled the ball under the crossbar from distance to make the scoreline read 4-2. Hincks then almost bagged her fourth of the day as Palace laid siege to the Bees' goal but Quantrill got down low to save from her stinging shot.

Her fourth would come, though, and Hincks headed backwards from a Hannah Mackenzie cross to net from close range for Palace's fifth of the evening. 

Two minutes later and five would become six when Burr burst into the visitor's box, latched onto a loose ball and flicked the ball with assurance over the oncoming Quantrill to shatter any hopes of a fightback for London Bees.

While the visitors created chances of their own, it was Palace who again found themselves celebrating next when Charmaine True scored her first senior goal by cleverly lobbing Quantrill.

The Eagles then created two chances in two minutes but Ciara Watling's strike was well saved by the away side's shot-stopper and Mackenzie struck the bar with a narrowly missed header. 

Pickett then sought to find a consolation for the Bees but Salgado remained alert and saved well from her strong drive while the Eagles saw the game out as 7-2 victors.

Palace: Salgado, Nuttall, McRoberts, Nash, Mackenzie, Watling, Chandler (Green 3), Giorgiou, Burr, Whinnett, Hincks.

Subs not used: Haydock, True, Martins.

London Bees: Quantrill, Johnson, Davy (Forman 57), Wilkinson, Littlejohn, Pickett, Rolandsen, Gibson (Dench), Beckett, Will, Unitt.

Subs not used: Gould.

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