Brentford Women lost 3-0 to Crystal Palace Devs in their first game since lockdown stopped their season in December.
Palace scored their first halfway through the first half before adding a second just after the restart. The third goal came seconds before the final whistle at Bedfont Sports Ground. Palace could have been further ahead but for a stellar performance from Bees goalkeeper Emily Boycott.
The action got started inside the first five minutes, Nadia Peters getting a low shot on goal that was held by the keeper.
With 10 minutes gone, Brentford came close to opening the scoring as Gemma Goodwin's free-kick was nodded towards goal by Peters. The keeper parried the shot and Rebekah Wiltshire just couldn't reach the rebound.
With quarter of an hour gone, Wiltshire slid the ball to Mollie Holmes on the edge of the area. Holmes saw her shot blocked before Peters then had one deflected wide.
Palace's first real chance came with 20 minutes gone. Amber Langston-Lloyd was dispossessed on the left side before a low cross came into the middle. Boycott was brave, diving into a crowd to smother the ball before Eilidh Short smashed it clear. Referee Ian Skull had to stop the game to allow for some treatment but she was okay to continue.
Just five minutes later, the away side scored. Turning away from her marker, Palace's striker took aim and fired beyond Boycott from a narrow angle.
Before the break, there was time for Boycott to make two fine saves. The first came from a free-kick that was hit low but the keeper parried the ball. Then a one-on-one saw the keeper come out on top as she raced out to beat the striker to the ball on the edge of her area.
At the break it was 1-0 to The Eagles. Karleigh Osborne made one change, bringing Daisy Baranowski into the back four in place of Short.
Just 25 seconds into the second half, Palace caught Brentford cold and had scored again. A quick break away and a striker found space on the edge of the area. Her shot was powerful and found the top left corner of the net as Boycott dived but was always beaten. A fine second goal.
With 55 minutes gone, Boycott came up with another double save. First she got down low to sweep the ball away from the striker before palming the follow-up wide of the target.
Substitute Luna Dalton was fouled on the egde of the area after an hour. Langston-Lloyd took the free-kick but sent her shot narrowly wide of the near post.
Palace should have had a third soon after. A ball across the face of goal was met at the far post but the shot was wild and it dropped wide.
With 67 minutes gone, Brentford were unlucky not to be back in the game. Wiltshire forced a corner after seeing her shot parried wide by the goalkeeper. Then the corner whipped in by Molly O'Reilly was nodded against the post by Dalton.
It was almost a third for the visitors with minutes remaining in regular time. A one-on-one break ended in a wild shot over the crossbar.
In the final minute of the game, Palace finally had the goal their second half performance had largely deserved. Caitlin Furniss-Roe was caught in posession on the right, one pass cut between the Bees centre-backs and the striker managed to slip the ball into the net before Boycott could reach it.
Brentford: E. Boycott; Goolab (Furniss-Roe 66), Short (Baranowski h/t), Langston-Lloyd, Webb; Holmes, Goodwin (Dalton 56); Peters (Stickley 69), Reid (Troth 18), O'Reilly (Reid 83); Wiltshire