Charlton 2-1 CK Basildon (FAWPL Cup Round 2)
Report by CAWFC Media
Page last updated at 11:13PM UTC, Sunday, 14 January 2018
The Charlton Women`s team deservedly reached the quarter-finals of the FA Women`s Premier League Cup after CK Basildon took them to extra-time at Canvey Island on Sunday
As with the week previously the Addicks had to come back from a goal down but were denied by the woodwork a number of times before Kit Graham netted the winner.
There were three changes from the team that started at Ipswich in the FA Cup with Sam Pittuck, Charlotte Lee and Flo Jackson coming in for Kim Dixson, Kit Graham and Georgia Griffin.
Charlton played some neat flowing football in the first half but just could not find the finishing touch. Early in the game Charlotte Gurr pulled a good effort wide of the target.
Basildon forced a couple of corners and Charlotte Lee made a great headed clearance off the line before CK striker Rushen blasted over.
The home side took the lead after 38 minutes when a free-kick picked out striker Addison who cleverly flicked the ball over Addicks keeper Katie Startup.
Charlton almost instantly equalised as a long range lobbed effort from Pittuck flew inches past the upright. Basildon went in a goal to the good at the break.
Eight minutes into the second half the Addicks deservedly drew level with a superb 20 yard strike from Charlotte Gurr.
Pittuck won a corner for the visitors which resulted in Charley Clifford sending a powerful strike from 12 yards over the bar.
On the hour Kit Graham replaced Lee and was soon in action forcing the Basildon keeper to save a long range effort.
The pace of the Addison twins was always a threat and a quick break saw one of them force Startup into a smart save.
As the 90 minutes approached the Addicks pushed for the winner. Graham met substitute Georgia Griffin`s cross first time only to see her effort dip over the bar. With the keeper then stranded out of her goal Graham sent in a high lofted shot which was headed clear.
The Addicks could have won it at the death as a powerful Charley Clifford strike crashed down off the crossbar. With the away side appealing that the ball had crossed the line the referee blew the final whistle.
For the second week running Charlton were forced into extra-time. Clifford had now found her shooting range and saw a 30 yard effort drift over the crossbar before an almost identical strike crashed off the post and flew across the face of the goal.
Shortly before the break in extra-time the woodwork saved Basildon again as a long range effort from Graham crashed off the crossbar.
The decisive goal came after 111 minutes of play as Clifford fed the ball to Graham who fired into the top corner from 25 yards giving the keeper no chance.
Basildon pressed forward in search of the equaliser but were denied by an excellent block from defender Ruby Southgate.
In the dying moments Graham was denied Charlton`s third as keeper Bamford tipped her goalbound strike round the post.
Charlton: Startup, Southgate, Coombs, Pepper, Brunton-Wilde, Clifford (Dixson 116mins), Churchill, Gurr, Jackson, Pittuck (Griffin 83mins), Lee (Graham 60mins)