Palace Ladies sealed their place in the next round of The FA Women’s Premier League Cup with a convincing 10-1 victory against lower league Brislington Town.
It was a goal fest for the visiting Eagles as Gemma Bryan, Ciara Sherwood, Nikita Whinnett and Rosie Paye all grabbed a brace while Ellie Bailes and an own goal rounding off the scoring.
As with each of the previous two league games, Palace started strongly with Whinnett opening the score inside the first minute to set the pace for the half.
From the get go , Palace showed no signs of tiredness or slowing down with Rosie Paye heading in at the back post quickly followed by an own goal from one of the Brislington defenders.
The back line of Ria Collins, Freya Holdaway and Paye did their job by protecting Megan Lynch who was resolute as always in the sticks to stop the few Brislington attacks. Whinnett added her second deep into the half before Gemma Bryan found the back of the net and Ciara Sherwood scored with a thunderbolt of a shot into the roof of the Brislington net to go into half time with a dominant 6-0 score line.
The second half started as quickly as the first with Ellie Bailes firing home from the edge of the area with a well driven low shot, catching out the Brislington keeper off guard. The Eagles continued on the attack, ever looking to increase the already high score, Bryan adding to her tally with a fierce right footed shot, making it eight goals in three games for the attacker as she gets ever closer to a century of goals for the club.
Brislington did manage to grab a goal back with a well taken goal from the midfield, dribbling past several players before coolly slotting past Lynch. Palace however, very quickly showed there would be no comeback for the South West team as Sherwood smashed home a superb twenty yard strike before Paye got her second with another headed effort from a Stef Simmonds corner.
With three games played, twenty five goals scored and three victories, the season could not have got off to a better start for Palace. Attention returns to league duty next week as the Eagles travel to bottom placed Swindon.
Match report courtesy of Michael Hulf.