Durham Women fell to defeat against promotion-chasing Crystal Palace.
Amy Andrews had brought the Blues level after Annabel Blanchard’s opener in a first half that was dominated by the home side.
But the Eagles were clinical after the break with a second from Blanchard added to by strikes from Molly Sharpe, Elise Hughes and Shanade Hopcroft to seal victory.
Claire Ditchburn made one change from the side that pushed league leaders Sunderland all the way last weekend, as Tatiana Saunders was handed a start between the sticks.
It was Durham who began brightly with Andrews forcing Demi Lambourne into an early stop from a tight angle after a threaded pass from Lily Crosthwaite.
Hughes then headed over at the other end but it was still the hosts asking the stronger of the questions – Andrews lobbing over the bar before then twice being denied by Lambourne when one-on-one.
And so it was against the run of play that Palace took the lead as Blanchard’s lob found the back of the net despite the best efforts of Saunders.
But Durham’s response was a strong one and they drew level through Andrews. Crosthwaite was the architect as she weaved into the box and found Saoirse Noonan. Her shot was well-saved, but Andrews was on hand to tuck home the rebound.
Both sides had chances before the break with Mollie Lambert thwarted by Lambourne before Fliss Gibbons drilled wide.
After the interval though, Palace upped the ante and took the lead when Blanchard squeezed home her second of the afternoon from close range.
Sharpe then curled home a stunning third from range before Hughes got in on the act, slotting into the bottom corner after being found in space.
Hopcroft rounded-off the scoring after finding herself through on goal as Palace claimed the three points.



Date Time League Season Full Time
March 31, 2024 12:00 pm BWC 2023_24 90'


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


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Durham W101Loss
Crystal Palace W145Win

Durham W

1Naoisha McAloon Goalkeeper
3Lauren Briggs 22 Midfielder
4Olivia Bramley 7 Defender
5Sarah Wilson Defender 94'
7Beth Hepple 4 Midfielder
8Mollie Lambert 21 Midfielder
9Amy Andrews Forward 38'
12Lily Crosthwaite Forward
14Becky Salicki Defender
15Dee Bradley Defender
16Ellie Christon Defender
18Grace Ayre Defender
19Ella Wilson Defender
20Saoirse Noonan Forward
21Erin Nicholson 8 Midfielder
22Eleanor Ryan-Doyle 3 Forward
30Tatiana Saunders Goalkeeper