Charlton 2-0 Derby County
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 7:27PM GMT, Sunday, 26 February 2012
The Charlton women’s team advanced into the FA Women’s Cup fifth round after a 2-0 victory over Derby County at Bayliss Avenue on Sunday.
Goals from Emma Beckett and Fliss Gibbons either side of the interval secured a win that probably should have been more convincing.
The Addicks named an unchanged starting eleven from the last round and began the game brightly. Beckett had the first chance of the game when Sinead Boyer’s shot found the midfielder a couple of yards out but her header was straight at County keeper Rachael Graham.
Charley Clifford went close from long range minutes later while Gibbons poked a Beckett pass wide. Courteney Gibson turned a Jenny Newman cross wide after some good play and Cori Daniels had a header cleared off the line by Samantha Griffiths. All this inside the opening 15 minutes.
It took 34 minutes until the deadlock was broken, though. A Newman cross was flicked through leaving Beckett with a one-on-one chance and her first time half-volley was well-controlled into the bottom corner.
The second period saw Charlton continue their dominance and deny Derby the chance to make Megen Lynch work.
Gibbons broke through the middle of the pitch but, with Beckett and Gibson making good supporting runs, the winger’s shot went wide.
There were a few more efforts from range while substitute Kit Graham saw a shot deflected wide. The resulting corner fell to Graham but her snapshot was cleared off the line, again.
The 16-year-old then hit the post when Stef Simmons’ cross eventually made it to her and Beckett sliced the rebound well over from six yards out.
Gibbons, who worked hard throughout playing in the lone striker’s role on her own for the second week running, made the result certain five minutes from time.
Graham launched a counter-attack and played Boyer in. The right-back’s shot was deflected into Gibbon’s path and she did the formality of beating the Rams keeper from 10 yards out.
After the game, technical director Paul Mortimer said: “It was a bit of a fractured game for us. We started brightly and then sort of lost our way a little bit.
“In spells we played OK and moved the ball really well but we didn’t have enough of those spells. I thought we were on top but I wasn’t completely pleased – then again I never will be.
“But we won, we got through. We didn’t play at our best but still won comfortably – I’ll take that.”
The fifth round draw takes place tomorrow, with the FA Women’s Super League teams entering the competition at this stage.
Charlton: Lynch, Boyer, Alden, Daniels, Butler, Clifford, Dixson, Beckett, Gibson (Simmons 64), Newman (Graham 76), Gibbons (Bailes 89).