Charlton 1-5 Blackburn Rovers
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 7:30PM GMT, Sunday, 11 March 2012
Four goals at the start of the second half helped Blackburn Rovers defeat the Charlton women’s team 5-1 in the FA Cup fifth round at Bayliss Avenue on Sunday.
The two sides went into the interval level but by the 52nd minute the visitors were 4-0 up through the clinical finishing of skipper Hannah Forster (2), Nichol Forster and Danielle Sheen.
A consolation from Gemma Bryan failed to start a second comeback in a week and Katie Anderton applied the finishing touches to the upset in injury time.
Bryan just failed to get onto the end of an Emma Beckett throughball early on but, despite the Addicks missing a few chances, Rovers should have gone in at the break with a comfortable lead.
Some good build up play from the visitors carved out the first real chance of the game when Sheen played the ball across the box to Nichol Forster but the winger shot wide with an open goal to aim at. Sheen then had a chance at the back post but her shot on the turn also went wide of the target.
Bryan worked hard up front and, with a bit more conviction, could have put Charlton in the lead. She was played through and running in on goal but decided to square the ball to Beckett instead of go on her own.
Beckett then had a couple of chances, clipping one wide of the far post and shooting wide from range but, going into the break goalless, no one had any idea of what was to come in the second period.
Three minutes into the half, Hannah Forster found the ball at her feet and, seeing Megen Lynch off her line, saw her inch-perfect chip settle into the net to break the deadlock.
Nichol Forster then found herself in plenty of space on the right wing four minutes later and clipped a lovely effort, which hit the inside of the post, into the goal.
On 55 minutes it was 3-0 when, after Lynch had made two good saves but couldn’t gather the ball, Hannah Forster, yet again, had the awareness to chip over the defenders.
The game was over as a contest a minute later when Cori Daniels sold Lynch short with a back pass and Sheen took advantage and beat the keeper.
Shortly afterwards Bryan had a good chance to pull one back when Gibbons found her but, under pressure from a defender, she sent her shot over the bar.
Substitute Kit Graham, who looked lively after her introduction on the hour mark, collected a ball through but Rovers keeper Krystal Parker got a strong hand to the ball to save.
Gibbons won a free kick on the edge of the area with 20 minutes to play and Beckett’s set piece rattled the crossbar and bounced out to safety.
There was a glimmer of hope for the home side, though, on 76 minutes when Toni Alden found Bryan, who cut into the area and fired in at the near post.
It wasn’t to be in the end, though, and when Alden gave a free kick away in injury time, a short set piece found Anderton, who sent a curling shot into the top of the net to see her side safely into the quarter finals.
After the game, technical director Paul Mortimer said: “We just didn’t compete, individually or collectively, today. They wanted it more.
“The reason we are where we are and they are where they are is because we are supposed to have more quality but that wasn’t the case on the day. We just weren’t good enough.
“I also think, in the girls` defence, that they have not coped well with all the midweek games. It has been difficult for them physically - but that is no excuse.
“It’s very difficult to take but you could see it coming. We have been beaten by a better team on the day and we got what we deserved.”
Charlton: Lynch, Boyer, Alden, Butler, Daniels, Dixson, Clifford, Beckett, Newman (Graham 61), Gibbons, Bryan. Subs (not used): Bailes, Keogh.