Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 12:22AM UTC, Thursday, 01 March 2012
The Charlton women’s team made it two League Cup wins out of two with a comfortable 2-0 away victory over local rivals Gillingham in Chatham Town on Wednesday evening.
Technical director Paul Mortimer made four changes from the win over Derby on Sunday as he looked to rotate his squad to accomodate the busy schedule of midweek games.
Megan Chandler came in for her second start of the season and Stef Simmons for her first, while Kit Graham and Ellie Bailes were restored to the starting eleven.
Chandler, having impressed for the reserve team, grabbed her chance as she controlled the game from centre midfield winning the PHSC plc Player of the Match award.
The first half was largely free of incident, Fliss Gibbons with the only real chance after 36 minutes when she latched onto a Simmons cross but former Addicks keeper Toni Anne Wayne made a good save.
A lofted Bailes pass was cut out in the nick of time by another ex-Charlton player, Emma Tune with Graham ready to pounce.
With the game going into the interval goalless, the Addicks wasted no time in the second half in breaking the deadlock.
Three minutes into the half, Simmons won a free kick on the left wing and Cori Daniels jumped highest to head home Toni Alden’s excellent set piece.
The goal seemed to bring the hosts back into the contest as Lauren Phillips volleyed well wide just after and a Danielle Carlton cross just evaded everyone in the penalty area.
A rare mistake from Daniels then let Natalie Crinean in but Addicks keeper Megen Lynch was alert and did very well to save from her former team mate.
From that chance, Charlton went on a counter attack and doubled their lead thanks to substitute Emma Beckett. The ball found its way to Beckett’s feet and she turned her defender in the box before coolly slotting past Wayne.
Crinean had Gills’ second real chance three minutes later but, under pressure from Jordan Butler, her shot was straight at Lynch.
With ten minutes of the game remaining, Sinead Boyer was desperately unlucky to see her volley rattle the crossbar from an acute angle after Kim Dixson had flicked on an Alden corner.
Charley Clifford had a couple of late chances; she was played through by a brilliant Graham pass but was wrongly flagged offside before she could convert the one-on-one chance.
Then, after a strong run from Graham, Clifford drove a 20 yarder goalwards but Wayne did well to tip the effort over the bar for a corner.
Mortimer was happy with yet another win, despite his side not being at their best, saying: “We won comfortably, again, got a clean sheet, again and scored a couple of goals so I can’t be disappointed.
“Some of the football was fantastic but in the final third we weren’t as potent as we can be. We didn’t make enough of the good opportunities we had but we won ugly, which is what you need to do sometimes.
“You really want to show these teams how good you are and sometimes that opportunity comes and sometimes it doesn’t.”
Charlton: Lynch, Boyer, Alden (Clifford 70), Butler, Daniels, Chandler, Dixson, Bailes (Beckett 61), Graham, Simmons (Newman 80), Gibbons.