Crystal Palace will await further instruction from The Football Association after their Women’s FA Cup tie at Southampton Women FC this afternoon was abandoned due to a waterlogged pitch after 78 minutes.
The Eagles were cruising into the fifth round after holding a 3-0 lead but the referee opted to abandon the match with 12 minutes remaining with player safety a concern after the conditions had taken a turn for the worse.
Ashleigh Goddard gave Dean Davenport’s side a 28th-minute lead when she slotted the ball home from close range before Siobhan Wilson lashed in Palace’s second goal of the game. Goddard added a third in the second half before the game came to a premature end due to the pitch becoming unplayable.
The outcome of the tie now sits in the hands of The Football Association with the competition rules stating that ‘When any match has been abandoned after it has commenced but before it has been completed, the Women’s Football Board shall deal with the matter as it sees fit in it’s absolute discretion’.
With Palace having held a three-goal lead at the time of the abandonment, the footballing authorities could hand the South East Londoners the victory, however, another option which may be considered would be a replay with that fixture likely to take priority over the club’s trip to Sheffield United in the FA Women’s Championship next weekend.
A decision is likely to be made early this week and both Crystal Palace and Southampton Women FC will then be informed of the necessary arrangements.