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Ladies finally off the mark

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PALACE Ladies picked up their first point in the league this season with a hard-fought draw at home to Milton Keynes Dons last Sunday.

Both teams started strongly, while Palace defenders Sam Burton and Katherine Earl had to be alert to a few dangerous attacks from the away side.

But Palace took the lead after 20 minutes when Njina Campous was played through by Claire Williams, and the ball fell into the path of Shedean Dyer, who gave the keeper no chance from just inside the box.

It could have been 2-0 soon before the break when a great move down the left saw Williams deliver into the box, but Dyer was unable to get on the end of it.

The visitors came out fighting in the second half and put Palace under intense pressure, but some fine defending ensured they held on to their lead.

However, that was until the 60th minute when the Dons created space on the edge of the box to fire a shot past Palace goalkeeper Sam Sharp.

Palace held on soon after with the away team looking to grab a second, but they could have taken the lead again when Hannah Mayhew got on the end of a Jade McPhun cross, only for the keeper to make a fine save.

Amy Wight came on for her first-team debut in place of Earl in defence, while both McPhun and Williams went close in the dying stages, but they had to settle for a well-earned point in the end.


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