REPORT: Durham 2-1 Crystal Palace

Durham Women picked up their second win of the FA Women’s Championship campaign – courtesy of a dramatic late winner.

Sarah Robson bundled home in the depths of added time to hand the Wildcats the three points, after Lisa Robertson’s stunning long-range strike had cancelled out Ashleigh Goddard’s opener.

Lee Sanders made just three changes from the side that beat Leicester, with Hannah Reid, Abby Holmes and Molly Sharpe all handed starts.

Durham celebrate Lisa Robertson’s leveller (pic: George Ledger)

And the hosts began brightly, with Robson prodding a corner just wide in the opening stages.

But have grown into the game, Palace took the lead when Goddard reacted quickest to nod home from close range after Sarah Wilson had hacked an effort off the line.

Were it then not for a timely interception from Becky Salicki, Palace could have a second – with the centre back blocking a near-certain goal from Goddard after she surged into the area.

From them on though it was pretty much one-way traffic, with Durham peppering the Palace goal in search of a leveller.

Iris Achterhof and Sharpe came close to a leveller, but couldn’t find a way past Lucy Gillett.

After the break though, the Wildcats pulled level thanks to a moment of brilliance from Robertson who found the top corner with a curling effort from 25 yards.

Sharpe then saw a volley blocked, with Achterhof then looping a shot over the bar from close range.

But just as if the game looked to be petering out, a deep free-kick was nodded across goal by Becky Salicki for Robson to force home – as pandemonium ensued both in the stands and on the pitch.

The Wildcats celebrate their dramatic win (pic: George Ledger)

Late Palace penalty shouts were turned down, as Durham completed a memorable fightback.

Durham XI: Reid, Hill, Wilson (Christon), Salicki, Holmes, Robertson, Robson, Sharpe (Manders), Bell (Atkinson), Gears, Achterhof

Durham subs not used: Borthwick

Attendance: 512

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