MK Dons enjoyed total domination this past Sunday, as they bounced back from a heavy defeat in the FA Cup last weekend to beat rock bottom Crystal Palace 5-1.
John Dyer’s Ladies played with confidence throughout and went home with the three points courtesy of a brace from Leah Cudone as well as goals from Carissa Kazorwicki, Heather McDonnell and Hannah Barrett.
From the start, the Ladies were causing the Eagles back line problems and were prevented from taking an early lead when Barrett’s was well-saved by Sam Sharp in the Crystal Palace goal.
Leah Cudone was the next to have a chance after a great solo run, but Sharp was once again on hand to produce a superb point blank range save at the feet of the Dons forward.
Kazorwicki, though, did open the scoring in the first half with an easy tap in, directing the ball into the net after a scramble in the Palace area.
The second goal for the Dons came from the penalty spot after Sam Burton handled just inside the area, allowing McDonnell to coolly slot past Sharp from 12-yards.
Palace’s first real opportunity came towards the end of the first half through Cirsty Mitchell, but Dons captain Barrett was able to prevent the Eagles striker from getting a shot away with a brilliant last-ditch tackle.
Early in the second half the home side extended their advantage thanks to Cudone, who latched onto a glorious through ball from Nikki Tarrant to convert neatly into the bottom left hand corner.
The Eagles did give themselves a lifeline with their first meaningful attack of the match, Chelsea Wallace taking advantage of a corner kick, that wasn’t dealt with, by striking a thunderous volley into the bottom right hand corner giving Dons ‘keeper Tripp Witney no chance.
However, it was not long before Dyer’s side restored their three-goal advantage, with some neat passing football resulting in Barrett’s deflected shot flying past the unlucky Sharp.
Palace were awarded a penalty of their own after Liv DeCosta was adjudged to have brought down Sophie Rackman in the box, but fortunately for the visitors Witney was able to deny a great save to Wallace from the resulting spot kick.
Cudone then got her second goal ten minutes from time, finishing superbly after latching on to another great pass from Tarrant to wrap up a convincing victory for the Dons.
Manager Dyer, when speaking after the game, was understandably over the moon with the result and also his team’s stellar performance: “We totally dominated from start to finish. It wasn’t just individual performances that impressed me, but the whole team’s performance that I was delighted with.”