Charlton 1-0 Queens Park Rangers
Report by Sue Prior
Page last updated at 12:26PM BST, Wednesday, 27 April 2011
The Charlton Women’s team secured their return to the Premier League National Division and all but wrapped the Southern Division title up with a 1-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday evening.
Report by David Brenchley
Bryan then should have opened the scoring from Gibbons’ pull back but her shot was well saved by goalkeeper Emily Bourne before a good Gibbons header from Charley Clifford’s corner was also saved.
Bryan then hit the side netting after a strong run down the left and the powerful striker made Bourne work yet again from range.
A quick corner almost caught the Hoops napping but Jenny Newman could not quite get enough on Stef Simmons’ tantalising centre to turn it into the net.
Gibbons headed the ball down in the direction of Bryan and Nav Boparai then clumsily jumped into the winger and conceded a soft penalty that Bryan did not quite connect with. The ball rolled under the dive of the keeper and the celebration was one of relief more than anything.
“We put pressure on ourselves tonight. We knew we had to get a result, we had to be patient and when the goal came we sat back, kept possession and killed the game off.”
It was fitting that the goal that sealed promotion came from the boot of Bryan, whose 19 league goals have been instrumental in the campaign.
“I was making a lot of runs in the first half and the girls were really trying to get the killer pass in but it never came. QPR stuck at it, were a decent team and battled right to the end.”
“It was very nervy,” he said, “and it is more relief that it is over because we made it so tough for ourselves but the girls played some lovely football in what was a real pressurised situation.
“I always believed the goal would come. I said to the girls at half time ‘it might come in the 93rd minute or it might come in the first five minutes of the half. Just make sure you are ready to take the chance when it comes.”