Charlton 1-1 Portsmouth
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 10:34PM GMT, Sunday, 08 December 2013
The Charlton women’s team played out a 1-1 FA Women’s Premier League Cup draw against Portsmouth at Sporting Club Thamesmead on Sunday, ending both sides’ slim chances of advancing.
With Lewes already having beaten both teams and securing top spot in the three-team group, both sides needed a heavy win and results to go their way if they were to stand a chance of quarter-final qualification.
Charlton started the game perfectly, as striker Sam Pittuck converted a tenth-minute Charley Clifford corner, but Charley Wilson equalised five minutes before half time for Pompey.
Pittuck had the first chance of the game, shortly before she had opened the scoring, taking a great touch, turning her defender but the shot was deflected wide.
Just after that, Clifford’s corner was headed goalwards by PHSC plc Player of the Match Katie Flack and blocked, but the stand-in centre half did well to flick the ball back and Pittuck took advantage to slam home.
Wilson also had a good chance to get onto the scoresheet earlier than she did when she found herself past the defence on the right but could only shoot across goal.
Harley Bennett, through whom the Addicks play went through in the first half, then laid the ball off to early substitute Stef Simmons but Pittuck could only head her cross wide of the far post.
Just before the interval, a through ball split the middle of the hosts’ defence and allowed Wilson a one-on-one chance against Megen Lynch and the Portsmouth attacker made no mistake to equalise.
Wilson could have given the visitors the lead on the other side of half time when she beat the offside trap and had another one-on-one against Lynch. This time, though, she hit the post and the ball rebounded straight into the goalkeeper’s arms.
Pittuck latched on to a long, high clearance from Lynch and decided to take the shot on first time but it ended up being easily collected by Pompey stopper Sadie Blakely.
Striker Pittuck then laid the ball back for Bennett, whose effort was deflected wide for a corner, while Simmons cleared a headed chance off the line from a corner and the follow up hit the side netting.
Charlton won a free kick in a dangerous position deep into injury time, with the chance to win it, but Blakely made a fine stop to tip Simmons’s set piece over the bar.
The draw means both sides finish on one point each, with Charlton in second place on alphabetical order, but five points behind group winners Lewes.
Charlton: Lynch, Houlihan, Singyard (Simmons 10), Paye, Flack, Bennett, Clifford (Ibrahim 71), Graham (Hardaker 55), Newman, Harrison, Pittuck. Subs (not used): Baker.