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17 November 2019 Venue Hayes Lane Attendance

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Palace Preview: Eagles playing in historic event today

17 November 2019

At 2pm today, Crystal Palace Women take on London City Lionesses at Hayes Lane in the historic FA Women’s Weekend as the Eagles seek to build on their markedly improved form from last season, targeting a mid-table finish in the FA Women’s Championship.

But facing them is quite the challenge - with London City Lionesses, a breakaway club from Millwall, sitting second in the league and seven points ahead of their south London rivals.

Both the Eagles and Lionesses have enjoyed strong starts to the season, with Palace collecting eight points from seven games and the weekend’s opponents picking up 15.

However, the second-placed Lionesses are benefitting from a game in hand over their rivals from first to fifth. A slip-up today could see both Sheffield United and Durham overtake them - pushing the south Londoners down to fourth.

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The Lionesses have been successful in sharing goals across the team (10 players have scored from 10 games), but Elizabeta Ejupi stands out for having scored three times despite starting just five games.

Former Palace forward Kallie Balfour will be hungry against the Eagles and has already scored for the Lionesses this season, having joined them in the summer.

All in all, the Lionesses have enjoyed a fine start to the new campaign and their impressive form has seen interim manager and Head of Player Development, John Bayer, named the Women’s Championship Manager of the Month for October by the LMA Panel. Bayer and his staff took over management of the team following the sacking of Chris Phillips six games in.

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Crucially for Palace, last summer was a busy one - with the club making nine new signings to bolster the squad which finished 10th in the Women’s Championship last season. After receiving their entry to the second tier of women’s football late in the off-season, Palace had little time to prepare for the new challenge and many of the team and staff regard this campaign as their first proper effort in the competitive league.

With the two sides sitting seventh and second, league form has picked up impressively for each team - Palace sat just one place above the Lionesses (then Millwall Lionesses) in bottom place last season.

Today, then, is a significant clash and will form part of the FA’s landmark Women’s Weekend - a nationwide initiative encouraging attendance at women’s games across the country.

For Palace, this means hosting a busy afternoon at Bromley’s Hayes Lane to take on the Lionesses.

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Results-wise, the Eagles have enjoyed two wins from their last three league games and have won three of their last six fixtures overall, losing the rest. Those three defeats came against Women’s Super League forces Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur as well as third-place Sheffield United in the Championship.

The trio of triumphs was earned against Leicester City and London Bees in the league and Lewes in the Continental Cup.

Did you know?

Palace’s current points-per-game total is 1.14 - enough to leave them sitting seventh in the table if applied to a full season in the last campaign (23 points from 20 games). Sustaining this would see Palace double their points total from the 18/19 season and push three places higher up the league. 

This points-per-game total is greater than the bottom five teams in the Premier League have and is only 0.02 points-per-game worse than Everton and Tottenham Hotspur’s current record in 15th and 14th respectively.

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Tactical overview

In their last league game, Palace bagged three points with an injury time winner over London Bees. On loan Ella Rutherford netted that day alongside Biance Baptiste, the former of which picked up a brace to join Ashleigh Goddard and Magda Mosengo on a pair of goals so far this season.

Adding to Palace’s attacking talents, one tactic manager Dean Davenport may be able to employ is the use of Rea Laudat as a substitute striker. Laudat often replaces Mosengo in the frontline, having featured in eight of her 10 games as an impact substitute.

The benefits of this switch were clearest when Laudat bagged just eight minutes after coming on against Lewes in the cup, striking Palace’s third and winning goal by slotting home with astuteness from the edge of the box.

How to follow

You can follow the game, support Palace Women and the wider women’s game in general by grabbing your ticket for the Women’s Weekend on the gate at Hayes Lane today.

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Match Reports

Palace Women lose out in London derby to late winner

17 November 2019

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An entertaining game down at Hayes Lane between Palace Women and London City Lionesses saw the visitors take all three points despite the Eagles taking the lead in the second-half through Ashleigh Goddard. However, the Lionesses turned things around to win 2-1.

Summary

  • Disallowed goal for Palace in the opening minute, with Bianca Baptiste flagged offside
  • Superb save from Lucy Gillett on eight minutes from Hannah Short at a corner
  • Kemppi hits crossbar for Lionesses on 19 minutes
  • Gillett makes incredible save in first-half injury time from Flo Fyfe’s 18-yard volley
  • HT: 0-0
  • Ashleigh Goddard gives Palace the lead on 64 minutes
  • London City Lionesses’ sub Vanessa Susanna replies five minute later
  • Elisabeta Ejupi scores with five minutes remaining to complete the turnaround for London City
  • Palace hit bar in injury time
  • FT: 1-2

Bianca Baptiste started the game extremely brightly and twice in the opening four minutes the forward was key in the game’s early big moments. Firstly, Baptiste was a marginal offside call away from having her name on the scoresheet having lobbed Lucy Thomas expertly in the Lionesses goal.

On four minutes, Baptiste exploded down the right flank, in acres of space, with the Lionesses retreating defence struggling to keep up with the forward. However, Palace were unable to turn home Baptiste’s fizzed cross across the six-yard box.

The Lionesses eventually settled and on nine minutes brought about a save from Lucy Gillett that was a lot harder to keep hold of than the Eagles ‘keeper made it look. The ball fell to Short in the box from a corner and on the turn she fired through a crowd of players, but Gillett’s fast reactions saw her hold well.

London City Lionesses began to push, and on 19 minutes the Palace crossbar was shaking through a fine curled outside of the box effort from Juilette Kemppi, with the No.10 working the opportunity well for herself after cutting in from the left. With Gillett reduced to a spectator as the ball sailed over, thankfully for Palace the ball hit the bar and went out for a goal-kick.

In this end-to-end game, it was Palace’s turn next to go close to opening the scoring, with Hannah Mackenzie losing her marker at a corner, drifting in at the back post, but her goal-bound header couldn’t bobble its way through a crowd of Lionesses.

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London City went close again just after the half-hour mark, again a corner resulting in another effort from Short, only this time her back-post header was saved well from Gillett.

Palace looked certain to score two minutes before half-time when Ella Rutherford found herself unmarked in the box, and as Aoife Hurley’s first-time cross looked destined to land on Rutherford’s head, the striker misjudged the flight of the ball and the chance went.

Gillett’s impressive first-half performance was closed out in style in injury time, with the American flying to her right to save a superb volleyed effort from Fyfe, with the chance coming at the end of a well-worked corner routine from the Lionesses.

The second-half didn’t begin in the same manner as the first 45, with 10 minutes passing before a chance of any real note. It fell to London City’s Freda Ayisi who failed to truly trouble from just inside the box, with a low, drilled effort.

That sight of goal for the opposition sparked Palace back in to life, though, and a wonderful bit of build-up play on the edge of the Lionesses’ box culminated in an exquisite flick from Georgiou who found Rutherford; the striker then worked space for herself on the edge with some great footwork before seeing her goal-bound effort blocked just wide.

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From the resulting corner Ashleigh Goddard went agonisingly close with a header. However, the midfielder wouldn’t have to wait long for her moment of glory, when in the 64th minute Goddard capitalised on some poor defending to poke home from close range to give Palace the lead.

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London City Lionesses responded by sending on Vanessa Susanna, and it had the desired impact for the visitors with the striker equalising with virtually her first touch of the ball, slotting home after a combination of a great save from Gillett and heroic blocks from the Palace defensive line.

With five minutes remaining, London City Lionesses completed the turnaround with substitute, Elisabeta Ejupi controlling well in the box before swivelling and firing past Gillett.

Manager Dean Davenport responded by sending on forward Cherelle Khassal for Mackenzie, and Ciara Watling for Ashleigh Goddard, and it almost paid off with the Eagles hitting the bar in injury time.

Palace: Gillett, Johnson, Pepper, Amy Goddard, Butler, Mackenzie [Khassal 85], Ashleigh Goddard [Watling 90], Georgiou, Hurley, Baptiste, E.Rutherford.

Subs Not Used: Laudat, Waldie, Mosengo, Gibbon.

London City Lionesses: Thomas, Cowan, Ayisi, Kemppi, Short, Sampson, Pennet, Fitgerald, Mason, Fyfe [Ejupi 77], Priest [Neville 45].

Subs Not Used: Mackie, Balfour, Roseiter.

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