Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 9:51PM GMT, Sunday, 13 November 2011
The Charlton Women’s team snatched a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa thanks to a last minute Cori Daniels header on Sunday, despite dominating the encounter.
The Villains took an early lead when Emma Follis lobbed Megen Lynch but Daniels’ finish gave the Addicks a point they fully deserved having created a myriad of chances.
It was a slow start to the game and Charlton tested their shooting boots early on as Courteney Gibson and Fliss Gibbons both fired high and wide.
Follis then almost latched onto an Erin Vaughan cross before she did put the ball into the net after 11 minutes.
Villa played a ball over the top and no Addicks defender spotted Follis’ run. Goalkeeper Lynch came out to close the angle but the winger got her lob right and Becky Duggan’s despairing dive was in vain.
On 25 minutes the game changed from a close encounter to a bombardment on the claret and blue goal. Gemma Bryan had a chance but keeper Megan Walsh did well to push it round the post.
Winger Gibbons then should have bagged the equaliser for herself when a superb ball from PHSC plc Player of the Match Emma Beckett found her one-on-one with Walsh. Her shot, though, trundled wide of the far post.
A Beckett corner fell to Bryan just before half time but her powerful shot was cleared off the line and the ball, somewhat fortuitously, made its way into the keeper’s arms.
Despite going into the interval a goal behind, Charlton stayed positive and kept piling on the pressure.
It was the hosts, though, that could have had a penalty when a shot seemed to be handled by Becky Duggan but the officials did not see any infringement.
Ellie Bailes went on to break down the pitch and squared for Gibson whose shot, when one-on-one, was too weak and trickled wide of the target.
Bryan had yet another gilt-edged chance when a Villa goal kick was headed forward by Beckett and the striker was set through with just Walsh to beat but she managed to slide the ball wide, again.
She was then foiled by a great tackle from a Villa defender as she was about to shoot, having picked the ball up from a Stef Simmons ball forward.
With ten minutes remaining, Gibson did well to skip past her marker and square to Bryan but this time she was unlucky to see her first time effort fly over the crossbar.
When it seemed time was running out, Beckett unleashed a 30-yard scorcher which was flying into the top corner but Walsh pulled off a superb save to tip the ball round the post for a corner kick.
From the resulting set piece, taken by Beckett, justice was finally done as Daniels found herself unmarked and rose to head against the underside of the bar and the ball nestled in the goal.
After the game, despite the missing two points, technical director Paul Mortimer was full of praise for his side, saying: “We deserved something out of the game.
“The score doesn’t really reflect the way the game has gone and there is no disputing we should have won by a street.
“We conceded a poor goal but other than that Megen only had one very good save to make so I can’t complain.
“The girls were brilliant back to front. I am proud of their performance but gutted for them because they deserved so much more.”
Charlton: Lynch, Boyer, Alden (Simmons 31), Duggan, Daniels, Dixson, Bailes, Beckett, Gibson, Gibbons, Bryan. Subs (not used): Bennett, Clifford, Newman.