Charlton 0-3 Gillingham 1st Team - Kent Cup Final
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 12:06PM BST, Friday, 11 April 2014
The Charlton women’s reserve team fell to a 3-0 defeat to Gillingham Ladies first team in the Kent FA Women’s Senior Cup final at the Gallagher Stadium on Thursday evening.
Gills hit the Addicks with two quickfire goals early on in the contest, both from striker Lisa Fulgence, but Charlton kept their heads up until the final whistle, restricting their more-experienced opponents to just one goal in the remaining 75 minutes.
Some resilient defending from a back three consisting of Ruby Southgate, Leigh Houlihan and Alice Singyard and a superb goalkeeping display from Alex Baker kept Charlton in it until the end, despite Gillingham’s dominance.
Gillngham came out flying in the first half, with Baker making a smart stop from Charlotte Gurr early on, but it only took them a minute longer to break the deadlock.
Midfielders Jay Blackie and Emma Tune linked up with eight minutes on the clock to set Fulgence up and the striker shot into the top corner, just out of Baker’s reach.
Just six minutes later, their advantage was doubled when Gurr’s low cross gave Fulgence a chance she could not miss from and she tapped home.
Moments later Gillingham saw a goal disallowed for offside, they would have another ruled out in the second half, and Baker was called upon once more to save from Fulgence.
Charlton’s only real chance of the first period fell to Beth Rodger, thanks to an excellent Olivia Cole ball and a slip in the Gills defence, and the 17-year-old forced a comfortable save from Faye Baker.
After the interval Tune had a go from long range with a drive that was dipping in, but again Baker foiled Gills, producing a pack-peddaling save to tip the shot over the crossbar.
Half-time substitute Katie Hardaker got back to hack one chance off the line, while Nikita Whinnett and Gurr both shot wide.
The third goal came from the left hand side, when a low cross saw substitute Lauren Phillips stoop to head past Baker and seal the tie.
Charlton’s only shot of significance came when the ever-impressive midfielder Gemma Hyland but her shot was dragged wide.
Charlton: Baker, Southgate, Houlihan, Singyard, Hyland, Rogers, Tye, Ibrahim (Mulholland 46), Searle (Hardaker 46), Cole (Hunter 68), Rodger. Subs (not used): Lynch, Shields.