For the first time in their history, Palace Ladies reached the fourth round of the Women's FA Cup after beating Derby County 2-0 on Sunday afternoon at the Crystal Palace Sports Centre.
Two seconds half goals from Jenny Kikomeko sealed the Ladies' progression in the cup and they will now host Portsmouth in the next round in March as they aim to continue their record-breaking run.
Derby County Ladies are well placed in the Women's Premier League (North) and traveled to south London favourites to topple the only regional league team left in the competition, but the vastly improving Eagles are far better than their current league status, and have very real aspirations of Super League status in the future.
Backed from the stands by the Holmesdale Fantatics, Palace produced a well-drilled and professional performance in the opening 45 minutes kept their opponents at bay to get to the break goalless. Encouraged by Head Coach Dean Davenport to put the Derby defence under more pressure in the second half, this gameplan came to fruition in the 62nd minute. Kikomeko collected an exquisite, defence splitting pass from Roschelle Shakes on the edge of the area, controlled with her left foot and drilled with her right across the keeper into the net to cue rapturous applause from those in attendance.
Keen not to let the pressure on Derby drop, Palace continued to play their tight, pressing game and in the 77th minute, Kikomeko struck again. After the Derby left back was forced into a mistake, she collected the ball outside the box and scored with a stunning run and dipping strike over the stranded keeper to put the Eagles in pole position.
The final 10 minutes passed without real threat from the visitors, with the Palace back four and keeper Sam Sharp holding strong to complete the shock and send the Rams tumbling out of the competition.
After the game, Davenport said: "I'm over the moon with both the result and the performance. Any neutrals would have found it hard to pick which side was the Premier League team.
"I'd also like to thank the crowd for their incredible support, it was worth a goal start for us. We are very proud."