West Ham Ladies v QPR Ladies
West Ham United Ladies booked their spot in the next round of the WPL Plate after a fantastic 3-1 home win against QPR.
A Chloe Burr header and an Amber Stobbs wonder-goal put the Hammers in control at half-time, but QPR were back in the game just after the break thanks to a low shot.
Chenise Austin secured the win in the second period with a confident penalty.
The Hammers played some excellent football in front of a lively and engaged home support at Rush Green as just over a thousand fans turned out for a Family Fun Day.
The opening chance of the game came early on as Molly Peters tested the QPR goalkeeper from distance, before again seeing an effort go over from close range after a goalmouth scramble.
Amber Stobbs looked eager to find the net, twice hitting the bar from distance, and it was the first of these that led to the opening goal.
After the N010 struck the bar Burr was on hand to head home the rebound, giving the Irons a deserved lead.
Stobbs again came close when she saw a shot saved at the near post, while Jasmine Auguste stopped QPR from threatening a leveller not long after Burr’s opener when she made a tremendous tackle in the box.
And Stobbs found the net in stunning fashion on the stroke of half-time, netting a looping effort from distance to put the Irons in control going into the break.
QPR halved the deficit just moments into the second period as a low shot squeezed under Rowlands, but seven minutes later West Ham again had a two-goal advantage.
There was a clear foul in the box and Austin confidently stepped up to dink a delightful penalty kick into the top left corner.
Rosie Kmita pulled an effoert just wide of the far post while Chong attempted a spectacular volleyed effort, as the Hammers sought to entertain the lively Rush Green home crowd.
Goal-scorer Burr went in goal for the final ten minutes of the match and substitute Andreya Ezekiel-Meade twice went close, as the Irons held out for a deserved 3-1 win.
West Ham United Ladies: Rowlands (M Kmita 79;); Mackie, Wheeler, Austin, Auguste; Chong, Cooper (c), R Kmita (Ezekiel-Meade 75’), Burr, Stobbs (Georgioiu 84’); Peters
Subs not used: Walker
Goals: Burr 15’, Stobbs 45’, Austin (p) 56’
QPR Ladies: Kasirye; Peacock, Young, Deluca, Chimbima, Lynch, Petit, Ismael, Adeyemo, Knell, Netschova
Subs not used: Haridas, Gardiner, Young