Charlton 1-3 Durham (SSE Women's FA Cup 4th Round)
Report by Sue Prior
Page last updated at 1:32PM GMT, Sunday, 28 February 2016
The Charlton Women`s team were left to rue a host of good chances as they crashed out of the SSE Women`s FA Cup to WSL side Durham on Sunday
Manager Jeremy Parsons made a couple changes to his starting eleven bringing in the experience of Sam Pittuck and Charley Clifford to replace teenager Ellie Baxter and the unavailable Ruby Southgate.
It was Durham who created the first chance as Beth Hepple sent an effort wide from the edge of the area.
On 19 minutes the home side took the lead after the Addicks failed to clear a corner and the ball fell to Hepple who fired home.
Durham`s Nicki Gears was a constant threat down the left flank and shortly after forced Charlton custodian Megen Lynch to make a fine fingertip save.
Charlton gradually became accustomed to the 3G surface and deservedly got themselves back into the game after 26 minutes when Kit Graham squared the ball to Gemma Shepherd to calmly slot the ball past Helen Alderson for the equaliser.
The Addicks continued to press and Durham centre-back Sarah McFadden was lucky to escape with just a talking to after a late challenge on Graham.
Durham hit back and Gears broke through to force another excellent save from Lynch.
After 40 minutes McFadden brought Graham crashing to the ground in the area with only the keeper to beat. Amazingly the defender escaped any colour card as the referee pointed to the spot. Unfortunately for the Addicks Shepherd`s penalty was too close to keeper Alderson who pulled off a good save.
Charlton`s cup fortunes quickly changed just 3 minutes later as Natalie Gutteridge headed home a corner at the near post to put Durham ahead.
The second half started with Durham captain Sarah Wilson sending a looping long range effort into the area which Lynch comfortably saved.
Graham then won the ball off McFadden but her powerful shot was superbly tipped away by Alderson.
Durham hit back and a goalmouth scramble saw the Addicks defence clear the ball following another good save from Lynch.
With an hour gome the Addicks begam to control the game and skipper Kim Dixson sent a long range effort sizzling over the bar before Shepherd chased a measured through ball and forced Alderson to dive bravely at her feet.
The Addicks pressed to the equaliser and Amy Howlett shot straight at the keeper before Shepherd chased another great through ball and forced Alderson to make a smothering save. Dixson then brought another good save from Alderson with a powerful long range strike.
Football showed what a cruel game it can be as late in the game a Durham counter attack saw Gears cross for Gutteridge to glance home for her second of the game and seal the win for the home side.
Charlton showed they could comfortably compete at Women`s Super League level and with a little more luck on the day it could have been a different story.
Charlton: Lynch, Paye (Newman 75mins), Coombs, Flack, Simmons, Dixson, Clifford (Baxter 54mins), Whinnett (Howlett 62mins), Pittuck, Graham, Shepherd
Sub not used: Sullivan