Charlton 1-0 Crockenhill
Report by Warren Clarke
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Charlton Reserves took on Crockenhill in the Kent Cup with the winner booking a place in the Quarter Finals.
The game started with very little tempo as both teams looked to take an early lead through direct play often seeing possession turned over frequently. Opportunities were few and far between until right midfielder Hope Nash broke the deadlock on the 20th minute when she latched onto a miss hit clearance by the visitors keeper and hit the ball first time from 25 yards out beating the back peddling stopper.
This sparked the hosts into life as they enjoyed a lively 10 minute spell as Victoria Chincharo cross was fumbled by the keeper falling at striker Dominique Harris feet who was unable to adjust her body quick enough and shot wide within the six yard box.
It was then defender Leigh Houlihan who spurned an opportunity to double the lead as a brilliantly delivered corner from Victoria Campbell was flicked on in the box and Houlihan was unable to direct the ball goalwards.
Goalscorer Nash looked set to increase the lead as she played a forwards pass, which caused confusion as the defence didn`t react to deal with the ball leaving Hope to chase it down herself and her shot from the edge of the box went wide as the goal keeper done well to narrow the angle and make herself big.
Crockenhill created some chances of their own within this spell largely due to their skipper who was trying to thread balls through to the striker and wingers but was unable to fashion any clear cut chances.
The last of the meaningful chances came from a Campbell free kick which force the keeper into making a save.
The second half resumed and it was much of the same as neither team looked like scoring a goal as Charlton central defensive pair Georgia Richards and Player of the Match Leigh Houlihan thwarted all attempts to breach their final third.
The Reds dominated possession but failed to make it count for anything as Crockenhill began to retreat further back once fatigue crept in. A goal was only going to come from a set piece or innocuous shot and both teams lived up to those expectations as cross come shots threatened to extend and level the scores but none managed to beat either keeper.
Then on the 75th minute came the move of the game where Clare Rogers, Campbell, Charlotte Barnett and Harris linked up through some neat one touch football slicing through the opposition like thy wasn`t even there only for the resulting shot to go wide.
The game concluded without any further goals as Charlton ran out winners and setting up an away day clash to Aylesford.
Team: Baker, Collins, Richards, Houlihan, Rose, Campbell, Barnett, Monaghan, Chincharo (Rogers 35), Harris
Player of the match: Leigh Houlihan