Charlton 2-1 Brighton & Hove Albion
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 7:39PM BST, Sunday, 20 April 2014
The Charlton women’s team turned the tables on Brighton and Hove Albion with a 2-1 win at Sporting Club Thamesmead on Sunday, avenging the 4-1 defeat they suffered last weekend.
First team manager Stuart Weston made three changes from the team that travelled to the south coast, with Sophie Blowers making her debut. Captain Katie Flack and Clare Rogers were also restored to the starting line up.
Kit Graham put the Addicks a goal up after quarter of an hour, with Rosie Paye grabbing her first ever FA Women’s Premier League goal to double their advantage. Brighton’s right back Lily Honor pulled a spectacular 30-yard strike back but it was too little too late.
Brighton had the first chance of the game, but Charley Carter’s effort was easily saved by Megen Lynch.
Shortly later, the home side broke the deadlock when an Alice Singyard free kick fell kindly for Kit Graham. The striker turned and shot, keeper Toni-Anne Wayne got a hand to it but could not stop it from settling in the net.
Goalkeeper Lynch kept the scores level going into the interval, palming a Tammy Waine one-on-one opportunity wide after a great ball over the top. Shortly after, she made a superb double save from substitute Paige Adams from point-blank range.
10 minutes before half time, it was the woodwork’s time to come to Charlton’s rescue, when an Adams cross cannoned back off the crossbar and fell to safety.
Brighton continued to press for an equaliser but right back Ruby Southgate, who gained PHSC Player of the Match honours for the two previous first team games, made a number of important blocks and tackles to foil them.
Early on in the second period, a poor Rosie Paye header let Tammy Waine in but she squared for Paula Howells who could only shoot wide after Charlton’s defence had recovered.
Graham then combined with PHSC plc Player of the Match Sam Pittuck, the striker trying to lob keeper Wayne but seeing her attempt land just wide.
With 15 minutes remaining, the hosts made it 2-0 from a Clare Rogers corner. Centre back Rosie Paye needed two attempts, with her first blocked, but she followed up well to slam home.
Debutant Blowers impressed, with a number of tough challenges and tireless running, after stepping up from the development squad. The 20 year old almost set Pittuck up for a third thanks to a pinpoint cross to the near post but the attacker headed just over.
With seven minutes left, Brighton clawed back a consolation when Honor unleashed a shot that clipped the crossbar and rebounded in off Lynch.
During the six minutes of added time, which seemed a little short after a number of stoppages, there were still a couple of chances, with Rosie Kmita heading wide for Brighton. Pittuck then raced onto an impressive ball, beat replacement keeper Gemma Simmonds but saw her rolled shot cleared off the line.
Charlton: Lynch, Southgate, Singyard, Paye, Flack, Tye (Clifford 72 [Hyland 83]), Rogers, Harrison (Simmons 77), Blowers, Graham, Pittuck. Subs (not used): Mulholland, Hardaker.