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Youngest Palace side leave it late to get to final

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THE youngest ever Crystal Palace Ladies side to pull on the Eagles shirt left it to last minute before seeing off a determined Westfield side to march into the final of the Surrey County Cup against Chelsea Ladies.

Palace looked to take the game to Westfield and they twice went close through Hannah Mayhew and Jade McPhun, before a great cross from Charlotte Cavanagh was headed on by McPhun to Chelsea Wallace at the far post, who slammed the ball into the roof of the net after 15 minutes.

Palace kept pushing forward and Mayhew was unlucky not to make it two when her angled drive came back off the post.

Although Palace were on top, they allowed Westfield back into the game, and after a couple of close calls, they took advantage of their possession when goalkeeper Sam Sharpe was only able to push out a shot to a Westfield forward, who fired in the equaliser.

Palace still looked dangerous going forward and both McPhun and Mayhew should have done better with good chances, but the first half finished 1-1.

Westfield took the lead after 65 minutes when a corner was allowed to get to the far post, where the Westfield forward was able to scramble it over the line.

Palace were then guilty of missing some glorious chances through Rebekah Wiltshire, Mayhew and Lecomber.

But Mayhew popped up with a fine equaliser when she turned a defender before sprinting clear and firing an unstoppable shot from the right of the box.

In extra-time, Palace had Sharp to thank for keeping them in the tie, but just three minutes from time Lecomber played in Cavanagh down the right, and she delivered the ball to the far post where Wiltshire rose to power a header into the net for the winning goal.

The young female Eagles will now face a real glamour cup final against Chelsea on Wednesday, April 3, at Leatherhead Football Club.


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