Coventry United proved devastating from set-pieces as Katy Morris and Helen Dermody scored two goals apiece in a 5-2 romp over Crystal Palace.
While the final scoreline looks one-sided, Coventry had to wait until well past the hour-mark before pulling clear, with Palace having lost Gracie Pearse to a red card.
But their set-piece prowess proved the difference with three goals from corners and a further strike from a free-kick proving the difference in this FA Women’s Championship encounter.
This was a breathless encounter virtually from the off, with Coventry taking just four minutes to hit the front when Morris was fastest to react to a corner played into the near post, stabbing home.
Palace responded, Cherelle Khassal slotting home Lizzie Waldie’s cross to level matters on 19 minutes.
However it was the home side who led at the break, Dermody absolute pinpoint from a free-kick lifted over the wall from just outside the box.
Once more Palace hit back, Coral-Jade Haines made no mistake from the spot just before the hour after a handball from Ashlee Brown.
But three minutes later Pearse was dismissed, and from there Coventry were able to seize control.
It was Morris once again from a corner, proving the most alive when a dangerous cross could not be cleared initially as she lunged for the ball and poked it home.
Beckee Anderson forced a good save out of Chloe Morgan before sub Amy Wathan made the game safe as she powered a header home from yet another corner.
And there was still time for Dermody to grab to make it five, collecting the ball from Destiny Toussaint before slotting home her second, three minutes from time.
Moment of the Match
It had been an open, if evenly-matched game up until Pearse’s dismissal, but once Palace were reduced to ten, they could no longer hang on.
And it was fitting that Morris, influential throughout, got the crucial goal, poking him with just over 20 minutes to go to give Coventry the lead for the third time, and more importantly, the last time.
Coventry United (4-4-2): Sue Wood, Ashlee Brown, Beckee Anderson, Nikki Miles, Anna Wilcox, Helen Dermody, Alice Hassall, Katy Morris, Destiny Toussaint, Georgia Stevens, Beth Merrick
Substitutes: Amy Wathan for Stevens 68, Hayley Crackle for Brown 84, Olivia Clark for Wood 87
Substitutes not used: Holly Chandler, Phoebe Warner, Jenna Roberts, Alanah Mann, Amber Hughes
Goals: Morris 4, 68, Dermody 36, 86, Wathan 79
Crystal Palace (4-3-3): Chloe Morgan, Ffion Morgan, Annabel Johnson, Gracie Pearse, Lizzie Waldie, Hannah Churchill, Kirsty Barton, Bianca Baptiste, Coral-Jade Haines, Cherelle Khassal, Siobhan Wilson
Substitutes: Amber Stobbs for Wilson 62, Amber Gaylor for Ffion Morgan 75
Substitutes not used: Emma Gibbon, Andria Georgiou, Amy Goddard, Georgia Clifford, Amy Taylor
Goals: Khassal 19, Haines 58 pen
Red card: Gracie Pearse 61
Referee: Chloe-Ann Anderson