Charlton 1-3 Arsenal Reserves
Report by Colin Robertson
Page last updated at 12:22AM GMT, Monday, 28 November 2011
An impressive goal by Kristina Manktelow was not enough to take anything away from league leaders Arsenal Reserves at Rowley Lane on Sunday.
In an openly fought first half Arsenal snuck the only goal halfway through. There were chances for both sides and Jade Keogh, commended for her energetic performance by manager Bill Long may well have found the net another day from two good chances.
Manktelow levelled the tie two minutes into the first half with an impressive strike cutting in on her left foot but the Addicks made a handful of small errors that allowed the opposition back in the next 20 minutes.
The reserves defended very well from behind the ball in the final quarter and almost hit back on the counter with Kallie Balfour spearheading, going close on a further two occasions but her efforts were gathered and wide of the post.
Manager Bill Long saw the performance as a positive and not a negative, “For me it was a very battling performance from us. I know people are going to turn around and say well you lost three one and it’s a defeat but today, when I look around we had three or four players out there who were not very well at all.”
“We had a young lady Alice (Singyard), in there today who made her debut and did very well. You know, overall we did very well for me. We’ve had a couple of chances; we’ve had three or four one on ones we should have scored.”
“Kristina (Manktelow) scored a fantastic goal cutting in and pinging in the top corner with her left foot, which was fantastic.”
Arsenal took the spoils by the same score in the opposite fixture at Sparrows Lane in September, “This time we had much better shape – the goals that cost us this time are little errors, human errors that you can’t always do anything about.
“Last time we got beat because we turned off in the last 20 to 25 minutes and it never happened today we kept going and we played for the 90 minutes and at times on the break we looked really sharp as well.”
“Jade (Keogh) up front did very, very well for 70 minutes and Kallie (Balfour) who was returning from injury, came on for the last 20 minutes looked quick.”
The manager believes that his side were capable of taking more from the game, “We should have quite comfortably taken draw today. Had it not been for little errors and had we taken chances then yes a draw would have probably been a fair result.”
Team: Smith, Duffy, Patel, Yennaris, Manning, Rowland (Day 75), Singyard, Sheppard, Chandler, Manktelow (Symonds 80), Keogh (Balfour 68).