• Georgina Anderson

Women's County Cup Quarter-Final: Denham Ladies 1 - 6 QPR Women

Updated: Apr 21

QPR Ladies returned to football after a four month break in spectacular fashion with a 6-1 win over Denham United, taking them through into the semi-final of the Women’s County Cup.

Jenny Moore opened the scoring in the fifth minute with a precise finish, kicking the ball into the top right-hand corner of the net from outside the box.

Moore doubled the scoreline in the twenty-fifth minute with an amazing overhead ball from right back Afiya Johnson. With one touch the number eight was able to control the ball and cleanly striking it past the Denham defenders and into the top left-hand side of goal.

Ellie Searle made it three in the 30th minute of play with an impressive goal. She was able to get the ball through two Denham players, making it look so easy and ending it with a great finish, kicking the ball into the bottom corner of the net.

Just before half time Denham were able to get a goal back from Dadrian Kennedy who was able to tap the ball into the back of goal after QPR’s goalkeeper Lucie White and defender Vicky Grieve’s were both late with controlling the ball in the box.

QPR showed no sign of worry about the late goal in the second half when Katie Akerman kicked the ball perfectly from outside the box and into the top of the net, giving QPR the perfect goal at the hour mark.

56th minute substitute Milly Culter made a great run with the ball towards goal completely losing the Denham defenders. She chipped the ball over the goalie from outside the box and the ball fell into the back of the net.

QPR were certainly not finished yet with Demi Edwards scoring a great late goal in the 87th minute. Edwards striked the ball from outside the box w3ith confidence and beat the goalie with the ball drifting into the side of the goal.

Steve Quashie’s substitutions could not have made a bigger impact in the game.

QPR coach Jon Whittingham believed that the team’s performance was positive after only having two weeks to train and not playing for four months due to COVID-19 restrictions. He still acknowledges that there is improvements that need to be made but said the result was a fair reflections on how the game went.

When asked about who he thought his women of the match was he commented “I thought Jenny played very well. Playing in central midfield can be a tough ask but Jenny was good in and out of possession as we saw with the two goals she scored whilst screening in front of our centre backs really effectively when Denham looked to apply some early pressure in the second half.

“She was a calming presence when we needed her to be.”

He believes that QPR women will go into their next game positively but knows it’s a different game with the two teams being close rivals for years. He said, "We need to ensure we continue to do those things that took us to the performance level we saw today.”

QPR women will look to continue their winning form against Dulwich Hamlet next Sunday in the start of the Round Robin League Tournament.