Charlton 1-4 Brighton & Hove Albion
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 9:38PM UTC, Sunday, 13 April 2014
The Charlton women’s team slumped to a 4-1 defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion at the Withdean Stadium on Sunday.
It was an end-to-end contest, with plenty of chances but, unfortunately, the Addicks never looked like winning. The first two goals came in quick succession, with the hosts opening the scoring through Paige Adams but Sam Pittuck immediately pegging them back.
The Seagulls went into half time in the lead thanks to a Cally Beaumont header and an unfortunate own goal from Leigh Houlihan increased their lead. The fourth, from Lucy Soames, came seven minutes into an injury-time period that bafflingly lasted eight minutes.
Charlton got off to a bright start when an Alice Singyard cross was diverted just over her own goal by a Brighton defender, while Kit Graham headed a Stef Simmons free kick just wide early on.
In between those chances, Brighton striker Tammy Waine narrowly failed to connect with a Charley Boswell centre before Rosie Paye deflected a Waine header wide.
The first goal came from a Charlton free kick when Megen Lynch was fouled after 26 minutes. Lynch played the set piece short to midfielder Charley Clifford, but her tame backpass rolled just five yards away and allowed Adams the chance to slot home.
Just two minutes later, though, parity was restored when Graham slipped Pittuck through, Seagulls keeper Toni-Anne Wayne missed the ball and the striker stroked home.
Graham shot just wide moments later, when she looked certain to at least hit the target, and the south coast side re-took the lead ten minutes before the interval.
A corner was swung over and Beaumont headed powerfully at goal. Simmons’ chest looked as though it had cleared off the line but the assistant referee flagged for a goal.
Brighton then began to take the initiative and Waine and Boswell wasted two chances apiece before the ref blew for the end of the half.
The second half did not get any better for the Addicks, who fell even further behind when Boswell’s cross was looped over Lynch by centre back Houlihan.
The visitors tried to carve a way back into the match, led mainly by Graham: a surging run from the #16 saw her play Pittuck through but the striker had just strayed offside.
But Brighton continued to press home their advantage also, forcing Lynch into a fine save before PHSC plc Player of the Match for the second week running Ruby Southgate made a stunning tackle to prevent an almost certain fourth.
Beaumont then headed a Charley Carter cross over, while Waine shot straight at Lynch after Paye was guilty of overplaying in her own penalty area.
Graham was unlucky not to pull what would have been a consolation back when she floated an effort narrowly over but Soames had the last say, tapping home a late cross.
Charlton: Lynch, Southgate, Simmons (Ibrahim 69), Houlihan, Paye, Tye, Clifford (Hyland 60), Harrison, Singyard (Hardaker 53), Graham, Pittuck. Sub (not used): Baker.