Charlton 3-0 Crystal Palace Reserves
Report by Chloe Pizzey
Page last updated at 10:51AM GMT, Sunday, 28 January 2018
The Charlton women’s Development team moved to the top of the FA Women’s Premier League (FAWPL) Reserve Southern Division after beating fierce rivals Crystal Palace 3-0 at Sparrows Lane on Sunday afternoon.
Manager Luke Brown hailed his side’s valiant performance, saying: “It was a very strong defensive performance, they were fighting for each other and I think that was the key.”
Charlton are still unbeaten in 2018 and have won their last five consecutive games.
The match was played at a fast and furious pace and the first goal was always going to be crucial.
Charlton grabbed the lead on the half hour mark as Bea Hembrough skipped past a Palace defender and fired into the left corner.
“It was a very physical game, Palace are a physical side and they played some good stuff,” Brown said.
Both teams continued to put 100% effort in a fiery second half, but on the 78th minute Charlton all but confirmed their victory against with a brilliant chip from former Palace player Lauren Parsons.
Parsons said: “I saw the keeper was off her line so I thought I might as well go for it. I practised it in training and it worked, it did today as well.”
Three minutes later Parsons got her second of the game as she out-paced the Palace defence and skilfully rounded the keeper to slot home and seal the win for the Addicks. “It was good to get two goals especially against my old club," Parsons said.
“I was especially pleased with our second half performance, we were composed and played the ball well,” Brown added.
Charlton’s passionate performance was distinguished by their energy and willingness to run off the ball when they had lost possession.
“We battled to the end, which is what we wanted to do and we got a win because of it," defender Ellie Jeffkins said.
Latoya Smith made a fantastic save in the 87th minute to keep her clean sheet intact as Sandra Martin struck a powerful long range shot.
Crystal Palace were threatening down the wings and the Charlton defence did well to stifle the Palace attacks.
Palace’s Sandra Martin was kept at bay by defender Phoebe Chapman, who said: “We knew we were up for a challenge, we’ve been working all week on the threat from the wingers and I thought we contained them well. We did everything as a team like we planned. A clean sheet against Palace is always nice.”
The win puts Charlton a point clear at the top of the table, however second-placed Portsmouth have got two games in hand over the Addicks.
Charlton Development: Smith, Russell, L.Hembrough, Chapman, A.Nash, Jeffkins, Joyce, Parsons, Weller, Jackson, B.Hembrough.