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Mole Valley Girls 1 Crystal Palace Development 4
One Crystal Palace team managed to defy Storm Dennis and achieve Cup success as the club's Greater London League Division One Development team reached the semi finals of the Capital Intermediate Cup with a victory over Mole Valley at Surrey FA Headquarters, Meadowbank in Dorking.
A later kick off saw conditions improve just enough for a lively, well contested match between two very successful clubs. Palace were always dangerous in attack but had to absorb a lot of pressure from the home team which they did very impressively to run out winners by four goals to one in a match which far more even than the final score suggests.
An early goal by Rosa Timms for Palace was soon cancelled out by a fine finish by Ella Bale on 14 minutes. Palace continued to create chances with a Tia Searle shot well saved by Christine Ross and Elisabeth Heyndrickx heading wide from the resulting corner.
A dangerous cross by Timms led to Palace's second with a defender scoring an own goal on 26 minutes. The third Palace goal on 31 minutes was direct from a left side corner by Eleanor Hutchins who nearly added a fourth only to be denied by a good save.
Mole Valley had plenty of good moments themselves with Samantha Wells denied by a good save from Saskia Reeves-Priestley whilst Bale fired inches over right on half time.
A super solo run and finish by Ella Johnson, driving right through the middle past two challenges before scoring from ten yards, seemed to have put Palace out of sight but Valley were far from finished. A Wells free kick came back off the bar, Bale had a shot well held by Reeves-Priestley and finally the keeper tipped another strong effort on to the bar and away to safety in additional time.
Palace themselves had further chances late on but there was no further addition to the score with the visitors progressing to the last four of the Capital Intermediate Cup after a good contest in testing conditions which had seen other 4G pitches in the area become unplayable.
Mole Valley Girls: Christine Ross, Hannah Thomas, Tanya Dady, Lily Turner, Samantha Wells, Jasmine Baker, Jessica Downes-Evans, Xayla-Rae Alberts, Sarah Chapman, Ishbel Zuurmond, Ella Bale. Subs: Charlotte Blunt, Leila Ayimba-Golding, Amber Clipperson, Ally Greig, Olivia Stuart.
Crystal Palace Development: Saskia Reeves-Priestley, Tayla Lock, Morgan Searle, Marlena Ballia, Stefania Paci, Maisy Wyer, Rosa Timms, Eleanor Hutchings, Tia Searle, Elisabeth Heyndrickx, Ella Johnson. Subs: Tally Rivens, Alice Wood, Kadelia Wilkins, Lauren Singleton.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Elisabeth Heyndrickx takes possession under pressure from Lily Turner
(middle) Elle Johnson takes on Tanya Dady
(bottom) Lily Turner tries to win the ball from Elisabeth Heyndrickx
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