Charlton 2-2 Gillingham Reserves
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 9:35PM UTC, Sunday, 18 September 2011
The Charlton women’s reserve team were unfortunate not to come away from Sparrows Lane with three points as they drew 2-2 with Gillingham.
Two Abigail Igbavboa headers either side of half time twice gave the Addicks the lead, only for their local rivals to pull themselves back into the match both times.
Charlton looked the stronger of the two teams in the first half an hour and didn’t have to wait long to break the deadlock.
Ten minutes into the clash Stef Simmons’ foraging run down the left brought her side a corner, with which Ellie Manning picked out Igbavboa, who was unmarked, to nod home.
The hosts had a few more efforts in the half, most notably from Sam Rowland, who sent three shots over the bar, but they failed to make the Gills’ keeper work.
And the visitors made them pay just five minutes before half time when a corner from the left found Temi Opemiyan free in the six yard box and the striker powered a header home.
Charlton’s second goal came from a similar situation to their first, although this time it was a Simmons free kick that picked out Igbavboa who, again, headed home.
With the home side looking strong to take all three points, a lack of concentration then allowed Kylie Overton through and the Gillingham substitute fired comprehensively past Alex Baker to equalise.
The Addicks thought they had snatched a win close to the end when Jade Keogh put the ball in the net, only for the referee – with no aid from assistants – to decide the youngster was offside and pull play back for a free kick, and the game finished honours even.
After the game manager Bill Long was pleased with his side’s performance, saying: “I thought we played some really good football in patches.
“Two silly mistakes have cost us two goals but overall, for such a young side, we played good possession football at times and scored two good goals from set pieces so I am happy.
“I thought young Mia had a very good game in the middle of the park today and Lou Duffy at right back has played really well on her 21st birthday.
“We are a new side coming together, we are trying new things and they are working. We are not getting beaten so we are doing OK.”
Charlton: Baker, Flack, Manning, Goldsmith, Duffy, Igbavboa (Day 60), Simmons, Sellar, Keogh, Balfour (Tapp 76), Rowland.