Charlton 2-0 Tottenham (Capital Cup Semi-Final)
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 11:24PM GMT, Sunday, 09 February 2014
The Charlton women’s team advanced to the London Cup final for the second year running as second half headers from Sam Pittuck and Kit Graham helped them to a 2-0 win over Tottenham on Sunday.
The evening game, hastily arranged after both sides’ scheduled matches were called off, was played on a 3G surface at Sporting Club Thamesmead and was a closely-fought affair.
And the victory means the Addicks will now face either Queens Park Rangers or KIKK United at Imber Court on Sunday 27 April as they try to defend their title.
There was a bit of rustiness on show in the opening period, with neither team having played much competitive football in 2014.
Spurs had the first chance as Wendy Martin blocked an attempted clearance by Stef Simmons but PHSC plc Player of the Match Megen Lynch pushed her shot round the post before saving an Andra Marcoci effort from the resulting corner.
Just after that, Lynch launched a long goal kick towards former Tottenham captain Pittuck, who took the ball down well and advanced on the goal but a defender recovered well to make a challenge.
Charlton’s best chance of the first half came when Robyn Downie inexplicably handled the ball just outside her own area and was almost punished as Grace Coombs’ free kick flashed just over.
The final chances of a quiet period fell to Martin as she headed wide and then pounced on a poor clearance but an excellent last-ditch Katie Flack tackle prevented her from opening the scoring.
The second half was better, with more chances created, although the visitors’ first came from a defensive error: Bianca Baptiste pounced but, despite being two-on-one with Lynch, shot wide.
Charlton gradually got themselves into the game and some good build-up play saw Pittuck head inside for Emma Harrison but her shot also flew wide of the target.
Another good chance came for the home side when a cross evaded everyone in the area and fell for Simmons but she snatched at it and the ball flew harmlessly over.
Up the other end the ever-dangerous Martin powered a header just over the crossbar for the north Londoners.
Just three minutes later, though, Charlton broke the deadlock when Simmons sent a pinpoint cross into the six-yard box, finding an unmarked Pittuck to score against her former club.
Spurs could have been straight back in it, though, when a throughball found its way to Martin but Lynch did well to save again.
The final blow was inflicted with 10 minutes remaining when Coombs, making her second debut after returning from three years in America, whipped in an inswinging free kick and Graham’s header looped over the keeper and into the top corner.
Charlton: Lynch, Houlihan, Simmons, Paye, Flack, Coombs, Clifford (Hyland 55), Graham, Newman, Harrison, Pittuck. Subs (not used): Singyard, Hardaker, Kylie Manktelow, Ibrahim.