Charlton 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur Reserves
Report by Warren Clarke
Page last updated at 3:53PM UTC, Monday, 08 September 2014
The Reserves fought back from a goal down to win their opening league fixture on Sunday
With the sun shining gloriously Charlton Reserves kicked off their league campaign in style.
The visitors settled early and began to string a steady flow of passes together but found it hard to break down a resilient Tottenham.
Dominique Harris` debut came to an end early after injury forced her to leave the field of play handing fellow debutant Channin Smith an early introduction after twenty minutes.
The Addicks continued to probe for an opening but was to no avail as Spurs created the better of the chances on the break, calling keeper Alex Baker into action on numerous occasions.
Spurs best move came on the left side of the pitch in the final third when a short throw was returned one touch to the thrower who in turn played a first time ball into the path of an on rushing midfielder who`s superb first time effort was equally matched by stopper Baker.
The host got their breakthrough after a header won in midfield by a Charlton player fell kindly to the White shirt of Tottenham who attempted a through ball was cut out by the defence only to see the clearance ricochet of a fellow team mate into the path of the striker who finished cooly (28 mins).
Spurred on by conceding against the run of play The Reds played with more urgency and carved out a few chances. The best falling to Smith who was dragged down by the centre back when running through on goal and Captain Georgia Richards tested the goalkeeper with a shot high into the right side of the goal from the resulting free kick.
Sensing an opportunity Charlton slipped Channin in again however she hesitated to pull the trigger allowing the defender to make a recovery tackle. The final chance of note for the visitors came three minutes before half time when skipper Richards collected a clearance from an attacking corner on the halfway line and went on a crusading run along the right flank to deliver a cross for striker Olive Cole who guided her volley narrowly wide ending the half 1-0.
The second half got underway and the visitors started as strongly as they had finished the first.
With the possession football wearing down the opposition an equaliser came on the 53 minute when Megan Mulholland won a tackle in her own half and found Cole as her first time hooked shot rolled past the defender and on rushing goalie to trickle across the goal line despite Spurs centre back being agonisingly close to clearing it off the line.
Buoyed by the goal The Addicks pushed for the winner creating an open game with chances falling to both teams.
Daisy Monaghan debutant and product of the Youth set up made way for another debutant Ayse Yuksel (60mins) and sixth debutant Kelly Stubbington made way for Victoria Chincharo making her return from injury (70 mins).
With neither team settling for a draw chances were coming thick and fast with vital tackles and interceptions being made by both teams all over the pitch. However it was the visitors who stole the initiative after a failed clearance from a corner was met at the back post by Chincharo who duly rifled the ball past the outstretched defender and keeper to restore the lead (84mins).
The remaining 10 minutes (6 + 4 stoppage) required a huge level of focus as Tottenham looked to restore parity through threatening set pieces but failed to convert into goals as the game concluded with a 1-2 away day victory.
"It was a fantastic display both technically and tactically from the team however the girls are not getting carried away as they know there are areas for us to improve and a long season ahead" commented Manager Warren Clarke
Charlton Squad: Baker, Hardaker, Richards (Captain), Giordani, Mulholland, Stubbington, Tye, Monaghan, Manktelow, Cole, Harris
Subs: Smith, Yuksel, Chincharo
The Reserves will meet newcomers Chichester City FC in the League Cup on Sunday 14th September at Coldharbour Leisure Centre,Chapel Farm Road, Mottingham, London, SE9 3LX