Charlton 4-0 Brighton & Hove Albion Reserves
Report by Sue Prior
Page last updated at 7:50PM GMT, Sunday, 04 March 2012
The Reserves did their survival hopes the power of good with an emphatic victory over Brighton
The Addicks were quick off the mark when after just five minutes Harley Bennett, returning after an ankle injury, fired a 25 yard strike into the top corner giving the Brighton keeper no chance.
On 22 minutes Charlton increased their lead as Liz Ejupi curled in an effort from the edge of the area.
Bennett then threaded a ball through to Kris Manktelow but with only the keeper to beat the striker fired wide.
Manktelow was again off target minutes later when an through ball from Ejupi sent her clear.
Shortly before the break a Brighton long range free-kick was comfortably saved by Addicks keeper Alex Baker to preserve the home side`s lead.
Kicking down the slope in the second half the Addicks piled on the pressure. A superb cross from Manktelow was glanced wide by striker Kallie Balfour.
A Brighton counter attack saw a Brighton striker miskick in front of goal and keeper Baker gratefully claimed the ball.
A long goal kick from Baker then bounced over the Seagulls defence and Balfour headed the ball over the keeper but narrowly wide of the target.
Defender Katie Flack came within inches of connecting with a Manktelow cross as Charlton pressed forward.
With 76 minutes on the clock the Addicks went 3-0 up as Manktelow netted straight from a corner.
Brighton fought back and both Meghan McKeag and Katie Flack made important clearances to deny the visitors.
After 83 minutes Charlton claimed their fourth goal as the Brighton keeper failed to hold Sam Rowland`s cross in the wet conditions and Jade Keogh was on hand to prod home the ball.
The Addicks had the ball in the net again as Katie Flack headed home a corner but the goal was disallowed for a foul on the keeper.
Charlton: Baker, Singyard, Flack, Yennaris, Patel (McKeag 15), Igbavboa, Bennett, Ejupi, Sellar (Rowland 80), Manktelow, Balfour (Keogh 66)