Charlton Athletic Football Club Women
Goalscorer Charley Clifford
Charlton 3-0 Millwall Lionesses
Charlton 3-0 Millwall Lionesses
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 11:56PM UTC, Tuesday, 13 March 2012
A brace from Gemma Bryan and a wonder goal from Charley Clifford clinched the win and saw the Addicks qualify for the last 16 as Group 4 winners.

Katie Flack, Ellie Bailes, Harley Bennett, Kit Graham and Kris Manktelow came into a much changed team from the Blackburn defeat, with Reserve Team coach Bill Long taking charge.

After a slow start, Millwall had the first real chance when Kasia Viggor was played through but Sinead Boyer did enough to put her off and the ball sailed wide.

Bryan, captaining the team against her former club, then created a chance out of nothing for herself, picking the ball up on the left wing and lashing a 20-yard shot goalwards but the ball rattled the far post.

A Bryan free kick was then poked across the face of goal by Jenny Newman and wide, but the Addicks had soon broken the deadlock. After 29 minutes, Graham lofted a brilliant ball over the Lionesses’ defence and Bryan shot across keeper Chanell Yardley into the far corner of the net.

The visitors could have been level five minutes later when some good build-up play led to a cross to the far post, but winger Shauni Griffiths could only volley well wide.

Clifford battled well to win the ball back just before half time and laid the ball off to Bryan but the striker’s volley whistled just over.

Manktelow almost got Charlton off a perfect start in the second half, but Yardley was alert to keep a corner from flying straight in at the near post.

Graham impressed throughout and was named PHSC plc’s Player of the Match and was unlucky to see her shot saved after a surging solo run past former Addick Ellie Manning.

Just before the hour mark, Charlton doubled their lead when Bryan pounced on a mistake from keeper Yardley before slamming home from six yards.

Soon it was three when Clifford finished a move she started. After a flowing move, the ball was played to the midfielder and her first time 25 yard effort flew into the top corner.

Substitute Jade Keogh, who was making her first team debut, saw a late shot blocked after Clifford had clipped a ball in and Bennett chested down for the youngster.

After the game, Long was pleased with the performance and win, saying: “It was a battle, as you would expect from Millwall in a cup game.

“The girls dug in, had a good, steady first half and came out second half, played very well and I don’t think the opposition managed a shot on target so it was a fantastic game.

“We needed to change just to give some girls a rest. We have had midweek games as well as Sunday games and that catches up with you after a while.

“To see some of the young girls who have been in the reserves come in and hold their own is a good sign for the club.”

Charlton: Lynch, Flack, Alden, Bennett, Boyer, Clifford, Bailes, Manktelow, Newman (Ejupi 74mins), Graham, Bryan (Keogh 65mins)
Subs not used: Dixson and Gibbons

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