Charlton 1-2 Lewes (FAWPL Cup QF)
Report by Chloe Pizzey
Page last updated at 9:55PM GMT, Sunday, 11 February 2018
The Charlton women’s team were knocked out of the FA Women’s Premier League Cup at the quarter final stage to a lively Lewes side. An extra time goal from the visitors was enough to take them into the next round
Charlton started the game quick and bright and on the sixth minute pin-point cross from Charlotte Lee found Kit Graham in the box whose header went just wide of the Lewes goal.
In a tight first half it was Lewes who took the lead when Sarah Kempson struck an excellent shot from 20 yards which flew past Katie Startup and into the bottom left corner on the 21st minute.
Charley Clifford hit a powerful shot from 25 yards 10 minutes later, but it flew inches over the bar. The Addicks battled on at 1-0 down with Clifford again involved in the action, creating a fantastic chance for Graham who fired on the half-volley just over the bar on 33 minutes.
Graham had another chance just minutes later but her powerful strike was tipped just wide by Lewes keeper Faye Baker.
Charlton’s attacking persistence paid off on the 37th minute when Lewes failed to clear their lines from a corner and Graham fired home from 10 yards out to make the score level.
The final action of the first half saw Katie Startup make a fantastic save, tipping a rocket of a shot from Kempson onto the frame of the goal.
Lewes were quick off the mark after the interval and forced another good save from Startup on the 53rd minute after Charlton had lost possession in midfield.
The second half was even as neither side could properly get into their stride and create meaningful chances.
On the 77th minute Lewes had a free kick in a promising position, at the very edge of the box, however they couldn’t capitalise and fired the ball well high of Startup’s goal.
The game went into extra-time and Charlton’s legs were understandably tired after last week’s triumphant battle against Blackburn, which also saw the Addicks play an extra half an hour.
The game remained at level peggings until the second half when, with 10 minutes remaining, Kempton scored the winner for Lewes with an almost identical shot into the bottom left of the Charlton goal.
Charlton: Startup, Dixson, Lukasewich, Coombs, Clifford, Gurr (Griffin 72), Churchill, Pittuck, Pepper, Lee (Walklett 88), Graham. Sub (unused): Brunton-Wilde