Lewes 2 Crystal Palace 1 – Dripping Pan defeat for Eagles as quick-fire double stings them

Quickfire goals from Avilla Bergin and Shannon Moloney inspired Lewes to their second win of the new FA Women’s Championship season.

The Rookettes had to fight back from a goal down at the Dripping Pan to defeat Crystal Palace.

Two goals in the first five minutes of the second half from Bergin and Moloney were enough to cancel out Ciara Watling’s first half-strike.

In the second minute, Palace’s Hope Nash fired wide of the right post.

Palace had another chance when Chloe Burr got in behind the defence and only had Faye Baker in her way but the home keeper made a great save to deny her.

Lewes had their first chance in the 22nd minute as Bergin delivered the ball and it fell to Danielle Lane, whose touch was loose as the chance went.

Palace then took the lead when Andrea Georgiou seized on the ball just outside the box and drove forward before squaring it to Watling, who fired into the empty net.

With half-an-hour on the clock, Lewes had their first shot on goal, Lane flicking on a long ball to Samantha Quayle, who cut it back to Lane but her shot was straight at Megan Lynch.

Just before half-time, a mistimed header falls to Palace’s Ashlee Hinks 20 yards out and she fired an effort at goal, which Baker tipped away.

Lewes levelled the game two minutes after the restart as Kate McIntyre’s corner was flicked onto the bar by Moloney and Bergin tapped it over the line.

And the hosts took the lead when McIntyre’s corner found Moloney at the front post and she hit her effort into the bottom-left corner.

In the 90th minute, Bergin played in substitute Rebecca Carter but her effort was saved by Lynch.

Lewes manager John Donoghue said: “It was a fantastic result – that’s two wins out of two for us.

“Palace were better than us in the first half. We stepped it up a bit in the second half and it was nice to score a couple of goals and win the game.

“We’re pretty good on set pieces but I must admit Shannon did something that I didn’t tell her to.

“So credit to her – she has gone into a different positions and helped with the first goal as well.

“If you look at the games we played against teams in our division including the cup, that’s 10 goals in three games and one conceded.”

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