Durham Women suffered a first home defeat of the season at the hands of Crystal Palace – despite dominating play.
The Wildcats made all the running at Maiden Castle but fell victim to Anna Filbey’s strike just before the break – with the visitors owing much to an inspired performance from Fran Kitching, who also kept out Beth Hepple’s spot kick.
Fresh off the back of their penalty win over Manchester United in midweek, Durham started brightly with Rio Hardy seeing an early header held by Kitching.
Bridget Galloway then saw a looping effort come back off the crossbar, before Jess Clarke saw a powerful drive spectacularly tipped over by Kitching.
Durham continued to press forward with Hardy again coming close after connecting with a teasing Hepple delivery, with the game largely played in the Palace half.
But against the run of play, it was the Eagles who struck first with Filbey sending home a rocket from range.
Durham could have levelled almost immediately after Robson was pushed over in the penalty area, but Kitching did well to tip Hepple’s penalty onto the post.
The second followed much of a similar pattern with Durham doing most of the attacking – Hardy sending a glancing header narrowly wide just after the restart.
Palace managed the game well and restricted major opportunities though, with only a few scares late on.
A goalmouth scramble was somehow cleared from danger before what looked to be a stonewall penalty on Hardy was waved away.
And having controlled stoppage time, the Eagles clung on to secure the three points.


Durham W vs Crystal Palace W

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Date Time League Season Full Time
October 30, 2022 12:00 pm BWC 2022_2023 90'


Maiden Castle, Durham
City of Durham, County Durham, North East England, England, DH1 3SE, United Kingdom


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Durham W000Loss
Crystal Palace W101Win

Durham W

Ella Wilson Defender
1Naoisha McAloon Goalkeeper
2Georgia Robert 18 Defender
4Mollie Lambert 8 Midfielder
6Sarah Robson Midfielder
7Beth Hepple Midfielder
8Maria Farrugia 4 Forward
10Rio Hardy Forward
11Bridget Galloway 12 Forward
12Lily Crosthwaite 11 Forward
13Megan Borthwick Goalkeeper
14Becky Salicki Defender
15Dee Bradley Defender
16Ellie Christon Defender
18Grace Ayre 2 Defender
23Jess Clarke Midfielder