Charlton 0-5 Arsenal (SSE Womens FA Cup Quarter-final)
Report by Chloe Pizzey
Page last updated at 10:52PM BST, Sunday, 25 March 2018
The Charlton women’s team bowed out of the SSE Women’s FA Cup at the quarter-final stage on Sunday afternoon after losing 5-0 to 14-time winners Arsenal at Meadow Park.
The Addicks can hold their heads up high after playing their hearts out for the full 90 minutes. Charlton were the only side below the top two leagues to make it to the last eight of the cup.
Arsenal took the lead in the fourth minute when Olivia Lukasewich brought down Williamson in the area. Katie Startup dived the right way but Kim Little’s strike was inch perfect into the bottom corner.
In the 12th minute Sam Pittuck made an excellent last-gasp tackle to prevent Danielle Carter from shooting.
The Addicks continued to frustrate the Gunners in the first half as they couldn’t create any clear cut chances due to Charlton’s strong defensive efforts.
Arsenal won a free kick 30 yards from goal just before the half hour mark. Jordan Nobbs struck powerfully however her strike was inches over the bar.
The Gunners enjoyed most of the possession as they continued to press, however the Charlton defence stood strong and worked tirelessly to block shots and make tackles.
Startup made a fantastic save with two minutes to go in the first half, as she tipped over Carter’s thunderous shot. The England under 19 international then did well to save a header from the resulting corner.
Charlton kept the Gunners at bay for most of the first half, with brave defending keeping the score at 1-0.
After the break, Arsenal immediately attacked and Danielle Van de Donk’s long range effort rattled the crossbar.
Charlton won a corner in the 51st minute after a brilliant dribble by Kit Graham who out muscled three Arsenal defenders, but the set piece came to nothing.
Arsenal responded with a swift counter however Charlton were quick to get bodies back to deny Nobbs from letting fly in the Charlton box.
Arsenal’s dominance was rewarded in the 55th minute when Heather O’Reilly controlled the ball in the box and slammed in a shot to make it 2-0.
Five minutes later Arsenal made it 3-0 when Vivianne Miedema’s powerful header flew past Startup after an inch perfect cross from the right.
Charlton didn’t give up and kept defending valiantly as exemplified by an outstanding challenge by Grace Coombs who slid in perfectly to steal the ball away from Nobbs who was about to pull the trigger.
However, Arsenal’s fitness came to the fore and they scored another two in the last five minutes to give a scoreline that was harsh on the visitors.
Charlton will now continue with their push for promotion as they face Gillingham this Wednesday. A win would take the Addicks top of the FA Women’s Premier League South.
Charlton: Startup, Brunton-Wilde, Lukasewich, Coombs, Clifford, Gurr, Churchill, Pittuck, Pepper (Lee 76), Graham (Griffin 69), Nash (Dixson 84).