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Crystal Palace 3 West Ham Utd 1
Crystal Palace reached the Second Round of the Capital Senior Cup with a 3-1 win over West Ham United at Bromley FC.
Two goals to the good at the break, Palace were briefly threatened by a West Ham reply with fifteen minutes left, but an Ellie Bailes strike on 82 minutes saw them deservedly through after a competitive encounter.
The hosts made all the early running, Hammers keeper Cherie Rowlands saving from Nikita Whinnett then from Bailes after a Pam McRoberts cross. The 13th minute opener was from the spot when a free kick was initially awarded on the edge of the area but the decision changed to a penalty after consultation between referee and assistant. Whinnett converted confidently to give Palace the lead.
West Ham responded well to the setback, Kelly Weathall running through to test home keeper Megen Lynch who then pulled off an excellent save to tip a powerful Chloe Burr drive on to the bar and away to safety on 25 minutes. All West Ham's good work was undone, however, as Ellie Stenning pounced on a rebound to drive home Palace's second from close range on 27 minutes.
Lynch then preserved the two-goal advantage when she denied Burr again with an acrobatic save on 31 minutes as the visitors showed plenty of spirit but were unable to find a breakthrough before the interval.
The match became something of a stalemate on the restart with both defences looking more in control and it was not till the 67th minute that Rowlands made a fine tip over from Bailes' shot. McRoberts' delivery from the corner led to a header which rebounded to safety off the post.
Leesa Haydock hit a volley over the bar as Palace looked the more likely to score but it was sub Julie Melfald who gave Hammers hope with a fine finish from 20 yards after being sent clear of the Palace defence on 75 minutes.
The tie was in the balance but Bailes calmed any nerves with a crisp finish after a rebound dropped to her in the centre of the goal on 82 minutes. Palace saw out the remainder of the match with some comfort to progress to the Second Round after a solid team performance with leading scorer Gemma Bryan able to watch from the bench.
Megen Lynch, Pam McRoberts, Tia Foreman, Ellie Bailes, Rosie Paye, Freya Holdaway, Ciara Sherwood, Nikita Whinnett, Megan Goss, Ellie Stenning. Subs: Jade Davenport, Gemma Bryan, Ria Collins, Megan Chandler.
West Ham Utd:
Cherie Rowlands, Chantelle Mackie, Jasmine Auguste, Amy Cooper, Hannah Wheeler, Chenise Austin, Andreya Ezekiel-Meade, Amber Stobbs, Chloe Burr, Mollie Kmita, Kelly Weathall. Subs: Dayna Chong, Portia Walker, Paige Anderson-James, Rosie Kmita, Julie Melfald.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Tia Foreman hooks the ball away from Kelly Weathall
(middle) Nikita Whinnett tries to evade Dayna Chong and Chantelle Mackie
(bottom) Ellie Stenning attempts to close down Chenise Austin
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