2015/16 MK Dons Ladies 0-4 Crystal Palace Ladies

MK Dons Ladies 0-4 Crystal Palace Ladies
Women’s FA Cup, 1st Round
Sunday 6th December 2015
Willen Road, Newport Pagnell
Attendance: 83

Minute By Minute

1. MK – Vicky Holland tries to chip Chanell Yardley but clears the bar as well as the keeper.

6. MK – Leah Cudone’s header from Claire Hollingsworth’s corner is cleared off the line. Chanell Yardley produces a good save as Vicky Holland fires in the rebound.

11. CP – A cross from Pamela McRoberts almost creeps in under the bar but Emma Kirby is alert to the danger.

16. CP – Claire Hollingsworth makes a great tackle to stop Roschelle Shakes after she is put through on goal by Gemma Bryan.

20. CP – Gemma Bryan shoots high after a terrific run from the half way line to the penalty area.

26. MK – A Sam Gillings cross causes confusion in the Palace box, the ball is deflected off a defender to Leah Cudone who shoots over.

27. CP – GOAL 0-1. Pamela McRoberts crosses from the right to Alma Donohoe who miss hits her first shot before making no mistake with her second.

34. MK – Hannah Barrett crosses from the left, Sophie Watson diverts the ball towards goal before Katy Morris clears the danger.

35. MK – Leah Cudone shoots over from thirty yards.

41. MK – Sophie Watson controls a lovely pass from Hannah Barrett but cannot keep her shot down.

45+1 HALF TIME: 0-1

48. CP – Alma Donohoe shoots wide from a Rochelle Shakes cross.

51-54. CP – PENALTY & GOAL 0-2. Emma Kirby was adjudged to have fouled Roschelle Shakes, the striker was replaced by Nicha Pyelt due to the injury sustained. Freya Holdaway stepped up to confidently despatch the spot kick.

60. CP – Gemma Bryan shoots over.

62. MK – Hannah Barrett’s sharp shot is well saved by Chanell Yardley.

64. CP – Gemma Bryan’s fierce shot is tipped over by Emma Kirby.

65. CP – GOAL 0-3. A good run down the right by Gemma Bryan results in a pass across the area that is prodded home by Alma Donohoe.

77. CP – Gemma Bryan faced up to two defenders before getting a shot away that did not trouble Emma Kirby.

82. CP – GOAL 0-4. Gemma Bryan runs onto a through ball before slotting home Palace’s fourth goal.

86. MK – Heather McDonnell heads wide from a Charley Wright corner.

88. CP – Emma Kirby saves a shot from Gemma Bryan.

90+0 FULL TIME: 0-4


Both sides played some lovely football in this cup clash but it was Palace who proved too strong for the Dons. It was Milton Keynes who started strongest, dominating the early exchanges, however, once Palace found their feet they grew in confidence and controlled the remaining seventy five minutes. Gemma Bryan and Freya Holdaway were a constant threat in attack and tormented the Dons defence who were exceptional despite the scoreline. Palace eventually ran out as deserved winners and progress into the next round.



0-1 Alma Donohoe (27 mins)
HT : 0-1
0-2 Freya Holdaway (Penalty, 54 mins)
0-3 Alma Donohoe (65 mins)
0-4 Gemma Bryan (82 mins)
FT: 0-4

Yellow Cards


Red Cards



MK Dons Ladies
1. Emma Kirby
2. Rosie Anderson (12. Zoe Lander, 17 mins)
3. Sam Gillings
4. Vicky Holland
5. Claire Hollingsworth
6. Leanne Doyle
7. Heather McDonnell
8. Charley Wright
9. Hannah Barrett (c) (14. Charley Clarke, 64 mins)
10. Sophie Watson
11. Leah Cudone

Crystal Palace Ladies
1. Chanell Yardley
2. Pamela McRoberts
3. Alma Donohoe
4. Alex Elson (14. Leanne Bell, 72 mins)
5. Katy Morris (c)
6. Sarah Jones
7. Abigail Igbavboa
8. Stephanie Mann
9. Roschelle Shakes (12. Nicha Pyelt, 53 mins)
10. Gemma Bryan
11. Freya Holdaway


– James Bird
– tbc
– tbc

Photographs by Andy Gunn.

© Andy Gunn


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