Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 7:18PM BST, Sunday, 08 April 2012
The Charlton womenís teamís competitive season was ended at Bayliss Avenue on Sunday as they crashed to a 5-2 Premier League Cup quarter final defeat to Leeds United.
Four goals inside the first half an hour downed the injury-ravaged Addicks and consolations from Megan Chandler, with her 1st senior goal, and Gemma Bryan, either side of a Leah Galton strike, could not rescue the game.
Jordan Butler and Ellie Bailes were added to the injury list after Charlton’s last 16 win over Gillingham so Sinead Boyer and Megan Chandler were restored to the starting eleven.
The game got off to the worst possible start for the hosts when, after two minutes, a corner was punched clear by Megen Lynch but Amy Turner was alert and able to nip in front of Emma Beckett and lift the ball into the goal.
Fliss Gibbons almost pulled a goal back two minutes later but her flicked header from a Beckett corner landed on the roof of the net.
Leeds were then unlucky not to have been given a penalty before Lynch produced a good save to deny Carey Huegett, who had left the Charlton defence in her wake.
Chandler went close soon after but her volley from a Charley Clifford throw flew agonisingly wide. Lynch then made another good save from a one-on-one with Jess Holbrook.
But it was 2-0 on 19 minutes when Lynch fumbled a Tanya Rich cross into the path of Huegett who had the simplest of tasks to slot home.
Huegett could have had a second soon after but she could only shoot into the side netting and it was left to Holbrook to make it 3-0 on 26 minutes.
The midfielder converted a Rich cross from close range before, a minute later, Rich grabbed a goal of her own to make it four, coolly slotting past Lynch from a Huegett cross.
Rich then smashed an effort over the bar from an acute angle and Huegett was denied by another good stop from Lynch after the striker had turned clear from her marker.
With five minutes until half time, Chandler reduced the deficit when she poked the ball goalwards from a Beckett corner and the ball was adjudged to have crossed the line before the defender could clear.
Bryan then went close from the resulting kick off but her shot went inches over the crossbar and Charlton went into the interval 4-1 down.
The second period was a quieter affair; Bryan forcing an excellent save from Jules Draycott early on as the goalkeeper pushed the ball behind for a corner.
From that Charlton corner, Leeds pressed home their advantage with their fifth goal of the afternoon on 52 minutes.
Draycott caught the set piece and immediately launched a drop kick towards Galton, who won an arial duel with Charley Clifford and beat Lynch to score.
Bryan, judged the PHSC plc Player of the Match, then could have had a shot at goal but unselfishly squared for Gibbons but the winger’s effort went well wide.
Leeds still had a few attempts to increase their lead and Lynch made a good late save to deny Galton’s diving header before Toni Alden blocked a Huegett shot wide.
An inch perfect ball over the Leeds defence was well finished by Bryan three minutes into stoppage time but it was too little too late and the visitors advance to the semi finals.
Charlton: Lynch, Clifford, Alden, Boyer, Bennett, Dixson, Chandler (Flack 85), Beckett, Gibson (Graham 60), Gibbons, Bryan. Sub (not used): Keogh.