After a fantastic summer where England broke record after record at the UEFA Women’s Euros, it was time for the South London side to get in on the action as 1,876 fans rocked up to Selhurst Park on Sunday morning. Breaking their attendance record.
It didn’t start in the best way for the Eagles who after six minutes conceded after Lexi Lloyd-Smith scored the first goal for Southampton on her first start for the club.
Annabel Blanchard took the set piece, and her chance hit the crossbar. But it wasn’t over, Coral Haines was the quickest to react to the rattling of the goal and gave her side hope heading into the break after firing the ball into the back of the net on the rebound.
Into the second half and it was almost déjà vu as Lloyd-Smith fired her side back into the lead with a goal early after the restart with a stunning finish from just outside the box.
Despite the loss, fans turned up to Selhurst Park in their numbers to support the team, and long may that continue as the season continues.
We were fortunate to have photographer Ryan Asman on hand to capture all of the action.