Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 7:15PM UTC, Sunday, 20 October 2013
The Charlton women’s team were narrowly defeated 1-0 by Coventry City at Sporting Club Thamesmead on Sunday.
The only goal of the game was netted in the first half by City striker Destiny Toussaint, after she spun her marker and fired into the far corner.
The match was a tight affair and the Addicks were unfortunate not to come away with any points, with both sides rattling the woodwork numerous times.
Emma Harrison had the first chance of the game on the right but her shot was easily saved by goalkeeper Sue Wood.
The away side struck the crossbar twice in the first period, the first after just five minutes when Toussaint sent a curling effort goalwards but was denied by the upright.
With the visitors in the slight ascendancy, Helen Dermody fired a free kick just over before Rosie Paye made a well-timed tackle when Nicole Dale was through on goal.
Charlton’s first real chance fell to Harrison after some good passing football from the attackers, but the striker’s shot was straight at Wood.
Kit Graham then tested Wood from long range and Coventry countered but saw Toussaint shoot over.
Player of the match Harrison played an excellent throughball for stand-in skipper Jenny Newman to chase down but her shot under pressure went wide.
It was Coventry who finished the half on the front foot, though, as Dale hit the crossbar before Toussaint controlled the ball, turned her marker, Rosie Paye, and slotted past Megen Lynch to break the deadlock.
The home side were on top for the majority of the second period but the damage had already been done.
Charlton had their share of bad luck early on, as left back Stef Simmons’ corner kick was palmed onto the far post by stopper Wood.
The game started opening up from then on for the hosts; Newman saw a shot saved by Wood’s feet, Graham headed a corner over and Newman crossed to Pittuck but her stooped header was deflected wide.
First-half substitute Harley Bennett unleashed a piledriver, with time running out, which Pittuck managed to divert goalwards with her head but it flew agonisingly wide of the post.
With Charlton pushing forward, Coventry had some late chances as they tried to see out their victory, with Dermody shooting wide after Lynch had rushed out of goal and been dispossessed. Callan Barber and Maz Gauntlett also shot off target in the dying minutes.
Despite the defeat, the Addicks remain in fifth place in the FA Women’s Premier League Southern Division but have slipped even further off the pace of the league leaders.
Charlton: Lynch, Southgate, Simmons, Paye (Flack 46), Butler, Tye (Clifford 73), Graham, Harrison, Newman, Cole (Bennett 31), Pittuck.