Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 8:48PM BST, Sunday, 25 September 2011
Two second half goals condemned the Charlton Women’s team to their third defeat of the season at the hands of second-placed Leeds United on Sunday.
Leeds took the lead 15 minutes into the second period through a heavily deflected Sarah Danby strike and then sealed the three points thanks to substitute Emma Lipman’s effort.
Leeds started the game brightly and Jessica Holbrook should have opened the scoring early on but she could only manage to turn a Danby cross over the bar from five yards out. Holbrook was then denied by PHSC plc’s Player of the Match Megen Lynch when she was through on goal.
The Addicks then played themselves back into the game and, with 20 minutes on the clock, had their first chance of the match when an Emma Beckett free kick flashed across goal and no one could get on the end of it.
Left-winger Fliss Gibbons had a couple of efforts shortly afterwards, shooting just over from an acute angle then straight at keeper Jules Draycott from the edge of the area.
Charlton kept plugging away after the interval as Gemma Bryan twice shot wide when played through. The striker was then brought down by Stacey Edmonds when looking to latch onto a Beckett pass but the free kick was well blocked by a one-player Leeds wall.
It was soon after, on the hour mark, the visitors took a fortuitous lead as Danby picked the ball up on the right, cut inside and her shot took a wicked deflection off Alden and spun just out of Lynch’s reach and settled in the far corner of the goal.
Just five minutes later they doubled their advantage as Lipman did well to pounce on a mix-up between Charlton defenders and slot the ball under the advancing Lynch.
Lipman could have had a second when she was set up by a Leah Galton centre but Alden did well to clear the danger. The Addicks left back then had the hosts’ best effort of the game in the final moments as she struck the outside of the post from a free kick.
After the game, and a long chat in the dressing room, Technical Director Paul Mortimer said: “You get what you deserve sometimes and I don’t think we deserved anything from today.
“We looked a little bit leggy, a little bit tired, and it showed. There was no real snap to our play whereas they were to the point.
“They were everything I warned the girls about – fit, athletic, aggressive and strong – and we had to compete first and foremost and I don’t think we did that as well as we could have done.
“They played some good football, you have to give them credit, but the grit and urgency we showed last week just wasn’t there today and we need to be more consistent with that.”
Charlton: Lynch, Alden, Dixson, Butler, Duggan, Beckett (Ejupi 65), Gibbons, Bryan, Bennett, Boyer, Newman (Manktelow 79). Subs (not used): Clifford, Gibson.