2015/16 MK Dons Ladies 1-4 Crystal Palace Ladies

MK Dons Ladies 1-4 Crystal Palace Ladies
FA Women’s Premier League South East Division 1
Sunday 17th April 2016
Kick off 14:00
Willen Road, Newport Pagnell
Attendance: 84


5. CP – A free kick from Freya Holdaway finds the head of Nicha Pyelt before MK clear their lines.

12. MK – Charly Wright’s corner is palmed away by Chanell Yardley.

14. CP – GOAL 0-1. Leanne Bell’s cross takes a wicked deflection off Leanna Doyle into the net for the opening goal.

23. MK – Heather McDonnell floats in a free kick that is scrambled clear.

23. CP – Gemma Bryan collects the ball on the half way line and bears down on goal before putting her shot into the side netting.

27. CP – GOAL 0-2. Freya Holdaway puts in a beautiful cross for Gemma Bryan to head home the second goal.

34. CP – Abigail Igbavboa collects the ball up on the edge of the area and drives her shot over the bar.

35. CP – GOAL 0-3. Gemma Bryan latches on to a through ball before slipping the ball past the advancing Emma Kirby.

41. MK – Leah Cudone’s excellent cross is agonisingly just too high for Sam Gillings.

42. CP – Leanne Bell shoots wide.

44. MK – Charley Clarke wins the ball on the edge of the D but her shot goes wide.

45+1 Half Time: 0-3

48. MK – GOAL 1-3. The Eagle’s defender and goalie leave the ball for each other, allowing Heather McDonnell to poke the ball into an open net.

50. CP – Fran Ali releases Nicha Pyelt whose shot brings a good diving save out of Emma Kirby.

54. CP – Fran Ali slips the ball to Gemma Bryan who shoots over.

83. MK – Sophie Watson’s corner finds the head of Charley Clarke, the ball is cleared on the post by Jade Davenport.

87. CP – Abigail Igbavboa shoots wide.

90. CP – Jade Davenport passes to Abigail Igbavboa who shoots high from outside the area.

90+2. CP – GOAL 1-4. Emma Kirby gets a hand to the ball and is unlucky not to save Roschelle Shakes’ powerful shot into the top corner.

90+3. MK – Charley Clarke produces a wonderful pass to Lesh Cudone who is denied by Freya Holdaway’s last ditch tackle.

90+4 Full Time: 1-4


Milton Keynes were always going to be up against it in this top of the table clash against an excellent Palace side. They spent most of the first half on the back foot in a rearguard action in an attempt to tame the well organised Eagles. However, despite their early dominance the opening goal had more than a hint of good fortune about it. By half time Palace had a commanding lead through two further well worked goals.

The second half was a different affair as the Dons came out fighting and quickly grabbed a goal back. They continued to press well and Palace were forced to sit too deep allowing MK to push on. Clear cut chances were few and far between as both sides competed well. The Eagles sealed their win with a stoppage time goal.

Congratulations to Crystal Palace Ladies who were crowned 2015/16 FA Women’s Premier League South East Division 1 Champions following this victory.



0-1 Leanna Doyle (Own Goal, 14 mins)
0-2 Gemma Bryan (27 mins)
0-3 Gemma Bryan (35 mins)
HT : 0-3
1-3 Heather McDonnell (48 mins)
1-4 Roschelle Shakes (90+2)
FT: 1-4

Yellow Cards

MK Dons Ladies
Leah Cudone (58 mins)
Leanna Doyle (85 mins)

Crystal Palace Ladies
Fran Ali (58 mins)
Pamela McRoberts (72 mins)
Gemma Bryan (85 mins)
Roschelle Shakes (90+2 mins)

Red Cards



MK Dons Ladies
1. Emma Kirby
2. Rosie Anderson (14. Louise Naylor, 39 mins)
3. Sam Gillings
4. Charley Clarke
15. Claire Hollingsworth
6. Leanna Doyle
7. Heather McDonnell (c)
8. Charley Wright (16. Sophie Watson, 73 mins)
9. Vicky Holland
10. Leah Cudone
11. Charlotte Murphy (18. Andie Dickens, 36 mins)
Unused Substitutes
12. Zoe Lander

Crystal Palace Ladies
1. Chanell Yardley
2. Pamela McRoberts
3. Abigail Igbavboa
4. Katy Morris (c)
5. Sarah Jones
6. Freya Holdaway
7. Leanne Bell (16. Jade Davenport, 73 mins)
8. Fran Ali
9. Roschelle Shakes
10. Gemma Bryan (15. Alexia Spokes, 86 mins)
11. Nicha Pyelt (12. Alma Donohoe, 62 mins)
Unused Substitutes
14. Samantha Saint


– David Snaith
– Chris Ball
– Conor Hager

Photographs by Andy Gunn.

© Andy Gunn


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