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Ladies Report and Gallery: Charlton Athletic 2-1 Crystal Palace

26 November 2018

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Palace Ladies were left disappointed as a well-earned draw was missed out upon following a 2-1 loss away to Charlton Athletic on Sunday.

The hosts, who have earned a well deserved place near the top of the table, were widely touted as favourites to win against the Eagles, however the game was closely fought and it was only goals close to kick-off and full-time that sealed the three points for the Addicks.

However, an ever-improving Palace looked to prove their credentials and take the work rate and commitment from last week's Manchester United game into the south London derby.

Palace started cautiously and, whilst finding their feet, were rocked by an early Charlton goal. A defensive mix up from the Eagles allowed Liz Ejupi to net in the twelfth minute much to their dismay. However, the Palace side responded well and settled into the match, frustrating the hosts throughout the opening exchanges.

And despite Charlton going close during the remainder of the first period, it was Palace who scored next, when Jordan Butler headed home from close range after a corner by skipper Ciara Watling. Palace were on top by this point and the break came much to Charlton's relief.

However, having regrouped, the start of the second-half was dominated by the hosts as Palace looked to regain their momentum. 

Eagles shot-stopper Shanell Salgado found herself claiming a handful of over-hit crosses as the game progressed and blocked a few routine efforts. 

Palace did manage to find a foothold in the match however, as Hannah McKenzie headed inches over the home side 'keeper Katie Startup's bar.

The game had begun to fizzle out as it drew to an end though and a few tame efforts from either side didn't threaten to extend the goals tally too closely. It was the very last kick of the game which took the three points for Charlton in the 97th minute, and Palace could only watch on as they lost a point.

The hosts were awarded a late free-kick and filled Palace's area. And while the initial ball into the box was half cleared, a follow-up shot was put home by Charley Clifford moments before the referee blew for full-time.

Charlton: Startup, Kerr, Ritchie, Coombs (Clifford), Gurr, Stobbs, Bailes (Bryan), Bennett, Agg, Maple, Ejupi.

Subs not used: Griffin, Bowers.

Palace: Salgado, McRoberts (Nash 56), Nuttall, Butler, Watling, Whinnett, Hincks (Giorgiou 73), Burr, Chandler, Collins, Mackenzie.

Subs not used: Haydock, Davenport, Green.

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