Charlton 1-1 QPR Reserves
Report by Warren Clarke
Page last updated at 12:57PM BST, Thursday, 09 April 2015
Charlton travelled to face QPR knowing that a win would leave them three points from claiming the league title however the host were set on ruining the plan.
The game got off to a bright start as both teams were very competitive as the Addicks had the lions share of possession, but it was QPR who struck first as a long ball from defence was latched onto by the striker as she controlled the ball and struck it past Alex Baker after 14 minutes.
The Reds resumed play and were able to fashion a couple of half chances until a bizarre incident occurred were the QPR midfielder went in for a challenge stretching and appeared to get caught by the ricochet of the ball and stayed down. After a lengthy period of treatment the player was advised by Charlton physio to seek medical attention as she was suffering from concussion with had a cut across the eyebrow and the central defender left the field of play to drive to the hospital reducing the hosts to 9 players.
Sensing the opportunity the visitors created numerous chances but were unable to convert as Ruby Southgate shot over the bar from a cross which found her inside the area 20 mins. Daisy Monaghan and Kylie Manktelow both blazed their long distance shots over on the 23rd and 26th minute respectively.
Disaster struck again for QPR as Olivia Cole seemingly through on goal was brought down just outside the box and the referee had adjudged the defender to be the last player so she received her marching orders as the R`s were reduced to 8 players.
Despite the numerical disadvantage the hosts were able to hold onto their advantage till half time through a combination of wasteful play from Charlton and resilient defending.
The second half got underway with Victoria Campbell replacing Olivia Cole and this decision looked to pay dividends as Campbell restored parity on the 52nd minute as she controlled a lovely weighted pass running towards goal and shot past the keeper.
However this was to be the only goal of the half as Charlton abandoned their patient build up play in favour of rushed, direct football which worked in favour of 8 player QPR as they sat deep and hit on the break nearly adding to their total if only Charlton weren`t able to crowd the lone striker out. The wastefulness continued as Campbell`s blushes were spared when her shot sailed over from inside the box as she was ruled offside (59mins),
Sharna Giordani missed and opportunity to claim the lead as her side footed effort flew over from the edge of the box after a rare spell of neat build up play (65 mins). Controlled and measured play from QPR kept them in the game as they reduced the space in between them and defended well against crosses which was further boosted by the reintroduction of their centre back who returned from the hospital.
It looked as though there was to be a cruel twist in the tale for QPR as Giordani ran onto a sideways pass unmarked hitting it first time as the side footed shot failed to hit the target in what was the last attack of the game.
"Credit to QPR for earning the point as they throughly deserved it and might argue they could have taken all three. But I hope today serves as a wake up call not just as a team but as individuals because we were very very poor today, failing to control the pace of our play and in numerous key moments lacked the quality needed to either score or reduce their goal scoring opportunities". Commented Manager Warren Clarke.
Squad: Baker, Topcu (Nash 60), Richards, Russell, Houlihan, Giordani, Barnett, Monaghan, Southgate, Cole (Campbell 45), Manktelow
Player Of The Match: Sharna Giordani