Charlton 2-1 Old Actonians (Capital Cup)
Report by Sue Prior
Page last updated at 6:46PM GMT, Sunday, 18 January 2015
A hard fought victory saw the Addicks progress to the semi-finals of the Capital Women`s Cup
On a very heavy pitch, which didn`t suit Charlton`s passing game, the Addicks started strongly dominating the opening play.
After just 10 minutes they opened the scoring with a great individual effort from Katie Hardaker who ran at the home defence before firing the ball into the far corner of the goal.
Seven minutes later the Addicks extended their lead as Hardaker became the creator sending over a low cross which Amy Howlett tucked away from close range.
Kit Graham then came close to adding a third goal firing narrowly wide of the upright from the edge of the area.
A good run from Graham then set up skipper Kim Dixson but her effort from the edge of the area was well saved by Actonians keeper Naomi Swift.
Charlton continued to dominate but were unable to add to their score and players began to get frustrated as several late challenges went unpunished by the referee.
Shortly before half-time the Addicks were reduced to ten players as Graham was sent-off for dissent.
Charlton re-organised their formation for the second-half with Sam Pittuck coming on to play a lone strikers role.
Poor concentration by the Charlton defence then saw Natasha Cree break clear but Addicks custodian Alex Baker stood tall to make a good save.
On the hour Charlton made a double substitution with Jordan Butler and Emma Harrison replacing Grace Coombs and Katie Hardaker.
Actonians then enjoyed a good spell of pressure and were rewarded as Carla Williams headed home a corner at the far post.
The ten girl Addicks battled back and controlled the last quarter of an hour of the game.
PHSC Player of the match Dixson threaded a ball through to Pittuck who saw her effort roll agonisingly wide of the far post before Howlett cut in and also fired wide.
A goalbound Pittuck effort from the edge of the area was then deflected wide before Harrison forced a great point blank save from the keeper.
A Howlett effort hit the crossbar and bounced into the grateful arms of keeper Swift in the dying seconds as the Addicks pushed for an elusive third goal.
Charlton now travel to Enfield Town in the semi-final in February.
Charlton: Baker, Southgate, Coombs (Butler 59mins), Paye, Flack, Dixson, Howlett, Clifford, Hardaker (Harrison 59mins), Graham, Simmons (Pittuck 46mins)