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Charlton 3-3 Reading U16s
Charlton 3-3 Reading U16s
Report by Kim Dixson
Page last updated at 12:40PM BST, Monday, 15 September 2014
Our 1st game in the Surrey County Girls League saw a thrilling draw with old rivals Reading
The first game of the season saw a tough test for the under 16s against Reading. Charlton girls seemed very nervous with 7 players making their debut for the under 16s but were up for the test. 

The first half started well with Charlton and Reading both having half chances and it was an even game.

It was level until the 35min when Charlton had a throw and the ball found its way to Lauren Parsons, free in the box, who smashed it in to make it 1-0 to Charlton. 

This surged Charlton on and just 2 minutes later on 37mins, a corner delivered in the box was met by Ella Bailey who headed down and past the Reading keeper to make it 2-0.

Just before half time Reading had a couple of chances but Charlton goalkeeper Rachel Pollard made a great double save to keep it at 2-0 at the break.
The second half didn’t start well for Charlton with Reading pulling a goal back 2mins into the half (42mins). A corner was met by an unmarked Reading player who volleyed it in with Rebecca Hawkins having no chance in goal. 

The reaction of the Charlton girls was good, and they started playing football again. They won a free kick just in the Reading half, Ellie Jeffkins long ball into the box which was bought down well by Chloe Brown who rounded the keeper and made it 3-1. 

With Charlton keeping possession well, the game looked like a Charlton win was on the cards. But Reading with 2 minutes left went on the attack and a cross wasn’t dealt with by Charlton and a Reading player was on hand to poke it home on the line to make it 3-2 on the 78th minute. 

With Reading having the upper hand and Charlton only having one outfield sub to use, they worked extremely hard for 80minutes. Reading attacked again and an attacker was bought down in the area and a penalty was awarded, Reading converted to make it 3-3 to finish off an exciting game with both teams sharing the points.
The under 16s gave a good account of themselves, with many positives to take from a very good team performance and some brilliant individual displays which left Kim very proud of her hard working team.

A mention to player of the match Ella Bailey who worked very hard on her under 16s debut and capped off her performance with a good headed goal.
Kim is now very excited for the upcoming fixtures and building on that performance!!

Squad:- Rachel, Rebecca, Ellie, Olivia, Tyra, Lauren Parsons, Chloe SW, Chloe B, Ella, Cansu, Maddie, Hannah, Kirstie.

Charlton Under 15s 9 Hampstead Diamonds 1
Coach Grace Coombs and her U15`s got their Capital Girls League season underway with a superb victory against Hampstead. 
Player of the Match Aaliyah lead the way with a hat-trick which included a couple of rasping efforts from long range. Emily netted a brace on her Addicks competitive debut whilst other goals came from Lou, Beth S, Beth B and Leah ...another cracker from 20 yards. 
The game saw a number of competitive debuts for Gemma, Jordan, Lillie-Mae, Rebecca, Amy, Emily & Chloe

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Coach Clare Rogers and her U12 team also got off to a winning start in the Capital Girls League. Tegan bagged a brace whilst Millie, Mia & Mkem also scored on their debuts. 
There were also debuts for Player of the Match Emma, Saskia & Olivia

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