Charlton 0-3 Aston Villa
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 6:31PM BST, Sunday, 11 September 2011
A disappointing performance led to the Charlton Women’s team succumbing to a 3-0 defeat against Aston Villa at Bayliss Avenue on Sunday.
The Villains may have been surprised to find themselves two goals up going into the half time interval but it was their superior finishing that got them there and they were able to add another in the second period, which came against the run of play.The Addicks had the best of the early chances, despite an Aston Villa free kick flying just over the crossbar, before Toni Alden’s left footed shot curled straight into the goalkeeper’s arms.
Striker Gemma Bryan, who looked isolated up front for the best part of the game, was then unfortunate to see her header hit the top of the bar from a Fliss Gibbons cross.
Gibbons then did well to pick out skipper Kim Dixson soon after but the midfielder’s shot on the turn sailed over the visitor’s goal.
Erin Vaughan’s long range free kick then narowly failed to put Villa in the lead, but they only had to wait five minutes longer before they had broken the deadlock.
After 24 minutes, a Kelly Clarke corner kick flew straight into the the far top corner, just out of the reach of Megen Lynch’s despairing dive.
Four minutes later their lead was doubled; Sherry McCue’s initial effort was blocked but she reacted quicker than anyone to the second ball and blasted it past Lynch.
Bryan’s isolation was evident just after the second when she took on the whole of Villa’s defence with no support and did very well to get her shot away but it never looked like troubling Megan Walsh in the away goal.
The forward, though, should have brought her side back into the game when Jenny Newman’s great through ball found her one-on-one with Walsh but the shot was too close to the keeper and she tipped it over.
The impressive Jordan Butler, who scooped PHSC plc’s Player of the Match award for the second time this season, then did well to get a foot to the ball just as Ini Umotong was about to pull the trigger.
After the break, Bryan went close again after she carved out a chance for herself before Umotong looked certain to score only for Becky Duggan to get back and clear off the line.
It was 3-0 on 57 minutes when McCue picked the ball up from a similar to her first and, this time, lifted it over Lynch and into the net. She could have had a hat trick soon later only for Toni Alden to scramble the ball clear of danger.
Newman was then unlucky to see her turn and shot trickle the wrong side of the post as she picked up a Bryan through ball.
The Addicks piled on the pressure on as they looked for a way back into the clash as Bryan curled one straight at the keeper and substitute Kristina Manktelow volleyed wide.
Newman then picked out Manktelow at the far side of the area and her powerful header had Walsh stretching but saved comfortably. The youngster had another chance soon after but she turned Gibbons’ cross wide and Ellie Bailes’ header from a Charley Clifford cross was saved by Walsh again.
A disappointed Paul Mortimer said: “It is a lesson learnt for me. Things can change very quickly if you don’t understand certain aspects of the game, and we didn’t today.
“We weren’t as disciplined as we should have been today. Credit to Villa, though, they reminded me of what we were like last year; hungry and full of desire and enthusiasm with some good play.
“There were too many individual errors from us and you can’t concede the type of goals we did. I felt sorry for Gemma up front and I felt sorry for Jordan, who was magnificent and did the job of four people.”
Line Up:- Lynch, Boyer (Clifford 38mins), Alden, Butler, Duggan, Bennett (Bailes 82mins), Beckett (Manktelow 60mins), Newman, Dixson, Gibbons, Bryan.
Sub Unused: Sherwood