Charlton 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Report by Sue Prior
Page last updated at 7:03PM GMT, Sunday, 04 March 2012
A woeful performance by the Addicks saw them fall at the semi-final stage of the London Cup
Kicking off at the unfamiliar time of 10.30am in rainy conditions on a superb playing surface at Harlow Town the Addicks created the first chance as Charley Clifford pulled her shot wide of the far post.
However on 6 minutes Cori Daniels lost possession of the ball and Kirstin Thompson crossed for Jess Cheeseman for fire home to give Tottenham the lead.
Charlton pushed forward and a superb cross from Sinead Boyer was met at the far post by Stef Simmons who blazed her shot high and wide.
Shortly after Megan Chandler fired an effort wide from Simmons corner.
A quick break from Tottenham saw Cheeseman through on goal but Addicks keeper Megen Lynch made a great save with her feet.
Emma Beckett then headed a Simmons cross wide as the Addicks searched for an equaliser.
More Tottenham pressure saw Bianca Baptiste have a shot blocked before Cheeseman fired narrowly wide.
A dangerous break from Thompson was then foiled by Jordan Butler who made a fine last ditch tackle.
On the stroke of half-time from the resulting corner Wendy Martin headed home unchallenged to increase Spurs lead.
The Addicks slackness continued at the start of the second half as skipper Kim Dixson lost the ball in midfield and Robyn McAvoy forced Lynch into another save.
Martin was then again left unmarked from a corner but glanced the ball wide.
Charlton began to come into the game more and both Ellie Bailes and Emma Beckett fired efforts straight at the keeper.
Kit Graham then took on the home defence but fired her shot wide before Beckett had a shot saved by Spurs custodian Jo Ayre at the second attempt.
A Sinead Boyer header from a corner was saved by Ayer before Cori Daniels just failed to connect with a Beckett free-kick at the far post.
Charlton piled on the pressure in the last quarter but it was too little too late. Beckett wasted a free-kick by firing straight at keeper Ayre before Jenny Newman shot wide.
Although the Addicks were missing their entire strikeforce - Gemma Bryan (injury), Fliss Gibbons (England U19 duty) & Courteney Gibson (illness) - Tottenham were deserved winners on the day with their industrious & committed performance.
Charlton: Lynch, Boyer, Alden, Daniels, Butler, Clifford, Chandler (Newman 70) Dixson, Beckett, Simmons (Bailes 46), Graham
Sub Unused: Keogh