Charlton 3-1 West Ham Reserves
Report by Warren Clarke
Page last updated at 3:13PM UTC, Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Charlton Athletic Women Reserves team resumed their league campaign with a 3-1 win away from home against a young and vibrant West Ham and emotional backdrop.
The game was the first encounter between the former clubs of Katie Sheppard who passed away over the summer as the Charlton players wore black arm bands in her honour and both teams observed one minute of silence.
The game started at a good pace with The Addicks settling first carving out chances for Clare Rogers,Kylie Manktelow best the best fell to Dominique Harris as Rogers played a reverse pass centrally for Harris to run onto and unleash a thunderbolt shot which was bravely blocked by the onrushing keeper.
The 13th minute proved to be lucky for the visitors as a clipped cross from Clare was headed into the bottom right corner with precision by Francesca Tye to take the lead.
The hosts almost restored parity immediately as some good attack play earned them a corner. The partially cleared corner fell to a claret shirt who drilled the ball low across goal forcing Captain Alex Baker into action. But it was The Addicks who looked most likely to score as Rogers played a through ball to Daisy Monoghan who made a delightful third player run to burst through the defence but was unable to find the finish as the ball rolled inches wide of the post.
A goal was imminent as Sharna Giordani launched a counter attack running down the right flank to deliver a cross which was brought down by Manktelow and hit on the turn whizzing past the upright.
Finally The Reds extended their lead as Tye found herself on the left flack delivered a drilled cross low into the box as Hope Nash arrived ahead of her marker to smash the ball into the back of the net (39mins) ending the half 2-0.
Charlton made two substitutions with Dominique Harris and Hope Nash being replaced by Kelly Stubbington and Georgia Richards respectively. West Ham started the second half with the intent to score an early goal and were nearly reward as their through ball split the defence as Baker rushed from goal forcing the Hammers attacker wide allowing Kiera Jenkings to race back and produce a goal line clearance of the highest quality.
Charlton made their final substitution on the 60th minute with Channin Smith replacing Kylie Manktelow.
The injection of fresh legs forced West Ham to play deeper which resulted in Charlton winning more corners. It was from a corner that the lead was extended as Clare Rogers again delivered a dangerous cross into the box which the keeper struggled to hold onto fumbling it it the path of Francesca who made no mistake with the finish to bag her brace making it 3-0 (70mins).
Not to be outdone West Ham worked tirelessly for a response and were finally rewarded as they pressed well together as a team to intercept the ball. This was then switched to the ade Smith who controlled the ball superbly and fired low to Bakers right and into the goal (83mins) setting up a spirited finale as both teams failed to add to their tally as the match ended in a 3-1 victory to the visitors.
"The team showed real maturity today to perform very well in what was a difficult situation. We passed well and created some good chances so now we look ahead to our next fixtures with confidence levels high" commented manager Warren Clarke.
Team: Baker, Jenkings, Houlihan, Singyard, Giordani, Manktelow, Rogers, Monaghan, Nash, Tye, Harris
Subs: Richards, Stubbington, Smith
The Reserves will entertain QPR Reserves in their first home league fixture Sunday 28th September at Sparrows Farm, University of Greenwich, Sparrows Lane, SE9 2JR
Kick Off 2pm