Charlton 1-1 Coventry City
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 3:40PM UTC, Monday, 25 November 2013
A late debut goal from youngster Eliz Ibrahim looked to have earned the Charlton women’s team all three points against Coventry City at Bedworth Oval on Sunday, but for a last minute equaliser.
The Addicks took control of the clash in the second half but it wasn’t until three minutes from time they got the goal their dominance deserved.
Ibrahim, 18, was introduced in place of striker Sam Pittuck on 84 minutes and got herself straight into the thick of the action, powering a header past goalkeeper Sue Wood from a Katie Hardaker cross.
With the game looking to be Charlton’s, the linesman gave a questionable late corner, despite keeper Megen Lynch’s adamance she had kept the ball in play.
That set piece was headed over by a Coventry player, but the hosts were given a reprieve when the referee decided that was good enough for another corner kick – and this time Maz Gauntlett nodded home and the two sides shared the spoils.
Chances were few in the first period, with both teams cancelling each other out in the middle of the pitch for the most part.
Lynch made a smart early save from a Gauntlett effort minutes before PHSC plc player of the match Kit Graham flicked a clearance on, leaving Sam Pittuck with an onrushing goalkeeper to beat but her lob fell the wrong side of the post.
Natalie Brace then beat the Addicks’ offside trap and found herself past the defence but Lynch came out to deny the winger.
The last chance of the period went to the visitors, with Graham’s header from a Charley Clifford corner blocked and Katie Flack’s poked follow up easily dealt with by keeper Sue Wood.
Early on in the second half Bennett headed a Lynch drop kick on to Pittuck, who centred to Jenny Newman but defender Kimberley Walton tracked Charlton’s captain back well to prevent a goal.
The Londoners had improved since the break and were moving the ball quicker and better, putting Coventry on the back foot. And they went close shortly after, when some excellent play out of defence resulted in a 20-yard Newman effort that struck the near post and bounced out to safety.
Despite Charlton’s renewed dominance, the Sky Blues still threatened on the counter attack, with Katie Flack getting back to block well from a Helen Dermody shot.
Another Newman chance saw the ball fly narrowly over Wood’s crossbar before Ibrahim was introduced in the 84th minute by manager Stuart Weston, replacing Pittuck.
With 87 minutes showing on the clock, fellow substitute Katie Hardaker sent over a cross while the Romford-born striker made a perfectly-timed run into the six yard box and nodded over Wood to break the deadlock.
With just three minutes of normal time remaining, and an added three of injury time, for the away side to see out, they were, for the third week running, hit by a string of controversial decision that allowed Gauntlett to rise highest from a corner and nod home.
Charlton: Lynch, Houlihan, Singyard, Paye, Flack, Clifford, Bennett (Hardaker 69), Graham, Harrison, Newman, Pittuck (Ibrahim 84). Subs (not used): Simmons.