Charlton 2-1 Crystal Palace (Capital Senior Womens Cup Final)
Report by Chloe Pizzey
Page last updated at 9:35PM BST, Sunday, 06 May 2018
A dramatic 90th minute goal by Olivia Lukasewich saw the Charlton women’s team lift the Capital Women’s Senior Cup for the fifth year in a row as they beat South East London rivals Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon.
After a tight start to the game the Addicks were awarded a penalty just eight minutes in as a Palace defender handled the ball in the area. Charlotte Lee’s spot kick effort was brilliantly saved by Palace keeper Megen Lynch who tipped the ball onto the post, allowing the Palace players to clear their lines.
On a scorching hot day, the players were allowed a water break on the 25th minute. The Addicks started brightly after the stoppage and won a free kick in a dangerous position immediately afterwards, however no one was able to latch onto Charlotte Gurr’s cross.
The game was tight in the first half, with both sides unable to break through the opposition defence. Chloe Brunton-Wilde made a fantastic last ditch tackle to prevent former Charlton striker Gemma Bryan getting her shot away on the 39th minute.
On the stroke of half time Katie Startup made a heroic save to keep the score level. Bryan was one-on-one with the England U19 international and looked certain to score, but Startup was quick off her line and made the save.
Startup was called into action straight away in the second half as Palace won a corner just after kick off. The 19 year old did well to punch the ball away from danger.
The Eagles took the lead on the 55th minute as Bryan curled in an unstoppable free kick from the edge of the box.
However, just six minutes later Kit Graham equalised for the Addicks. Georgia Griffin threaded the ball to Graham who dribbled well and smashed home from the edge of the area to make it 1-1.
Charlton immediately went on the attack again after the equaliser, Griffin sprinted down the wing and sent in an inviting cross, but it was just too high for Gurr to make contact.
Minutes later Startup made a superb double stop to deny Pam McRoberts. The Charlton shot-stopper had to receive treatment as a result of her brave keeping but was fine to continue.
With five minutes left the Addicks kept applying the pressure, Nash picked out Graham whose powerful hit went a whisker wide of the Palace goal.
Charlton’s attacking persistence finally paid off in the 90th minute when Palace scrambled the ball away after a corner, only to find Lukasewich 25 yards out whose thunderous shot went into the top corner to win the game for the Addicks.
The Addicks played more than seven minutes stoppage time as a result of injuries earlier in the half, however the team did brilliantly to keep the ball in the Palace half for that time.
The two sides clash again next Sunday at Hayes Lane; a win in Bromley would clinch the FA Women`s Premier League South title for Charlton.
Charlton: Startup, Brunton-Wilde, Dixson (Churchill 75), Lukasewich, Coombs, Clifford, Gurr, Nash, Pepper, Lee (Graham 49), Griffin (Monaghan 90). Subs (not used): Jackson, Pearch