Durham Women failed to make their superiority count as they fell to defeat at Crystal Palace.
Palace raced into an early lead through Bianca Baptiste and Siobhan Wilson but from then on out it was the Wildcats in the ascendancy.
Becky Salicki pulled a goal back late on before Millie Farrow’s late goal on the break sealed victory for the hosts.
There were only four minutes on the clock when Palace opened the scoring with Baptiste firing home from the edge of the box after seizing on a loose pass.
But Durham reacted well with Danielle Brown flashing a shot wide and Sarah Robson seeing a powerful header held.
The visitors had a couple of penalty shouts too, with Mollie Lambert and Brown both going down in the box but with nothing given.
It was slightly against the run of play when the Eagles doubled their advantage – Wilson capitalising on a fortunate deflection before finishing well into the bottom corner.
Again, though, the response was good.
Lambert saw a low shot clawed away before Bridget Gallloway’s lob landed just the wrong side of the crossbar.
The one-way traffic continued after the interval with Durham seeing all of the ball and applying relentless pressure on the home goal.
Hepple sent a free-kick just wide and the midfielder then saw a powerful tipped wide.
Palace were a threat on the break though and Christon had to intercept to stop Wilson doubling her tally.
The introductions of Abby Holmes, Lily Crosthwaite, Dee Bradley and Salicki lifted Durham further and the side spent the second half camped in Palace’s final third.
Emily Orman in the home goal again had to spring to her left to deny Hepple and Robson headed narrowly over from a deep cross.
A deserved goal would eventually come with just ten minutes left on the clock – Salicki sliding home after Palace failed to clear a corner.
The hosts played down the clock in the final ten minutes as Durham continued to surge forward in numbers.
But they would land a late sucker-punch when Farrow slotted home on the counter.
Durham continued to push forward, but will now look to bounce back against Liverpool next weekend.


Crystal Palace W v Durham W

Becky Salicki v Crystal Palace 81 mins 2-1
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Date Time League Season Full Time
November 7, 2021 2:28 pm Women's Championship 2021_2022 0'


Hayes Lane
Hayes Lane, Hayes, London Borough of Bromley, London, Greater London, England, BR2 9EG, United Kingdom


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Crystal Palace W213Win
Durham W011Loss

Durham W

2Kathryn Hill Defender
3Lauren Briggs Midfielder
4Mollie Lambert 15 Midfielder
5Sarah Wilson Defender
6Sarah Robson Midfielder 71'
7Beth Hepple Midfielder
11Bridget Galloway Forward
12Lily Crosthwaite 17 Forward
13Megan Borthwick Goalkeeper
14Becky Salicki 16 Defender 81'
15Dee Bradley 4 Defender 90'
16Ellie Christon 14 Defender
17Emily Roberts 12 Forward
18Danielle Brown 24 Forward
24Abby Holmes 18 Defender 90'
30Brooke Mackain Goalkeeper