Charlton 4-2 Crystal Palace Reserves
Report by Sue Prior
Page last updated at 7:03PM GMT, Sunday, 09 November 2014
Two goals in each half saw the Addicks to a comfortable victory over Palace and maintain second spot in the league
The Addicks were quick off the mark and opened the scoring in the 1st minute as Emma Harrison`s testing cross forced a defender to put the ball in her own net.
Palace hit back on a counter attack with midfielder Daisy Monaghan covering well. From the resulting corner a shot was blocked before the Charlton defence cleared.
However Palace were soon on level terms as slack defending allowed Delaenam Olympio to fire home a cross shot for the equaliser after 10 minutes.
Two minutes later the Addicks were back in the lead as a shot from Clare Rogers was deflected home by a defender.
Hope Nash then fired in a long range lofted shot which Palace keeper Sophie Bridson did well to claim from just under the crossbar.
The Addicks were piling on the pressure and Kelly Stubbington cut in from the left flank and fired a 25 yard effort narrowly past the far upright.
Stubbington then came within inches of scoring again as her volley from Clare Rogers corner was deflected wide.
Stubbingtonm threaded the ball through to fellow striker Harrison who beat a defender before curling a shot narrowly past the far post.
The final action of the half saw Palaces danger player Rinsola Babajide bring a useful save from Charlton custodian Alex Baker with a long range strike.
The Addicks extended their lead after 53 minutes when a cross into the area from left-back Jordan Butler was tucked home at the far post by Hope Nash.
On 70 minutes a quick break from Palace forced keeper Baker to make two fine point blank saves. However her defence failed to clear the danger and a Palace forward pounced to fire into the empty net.
With their confidence growing Palace began to press forward and another shot flew narrowly over Bakers crossbar.
Harrison and Stubbington then brought a couple of useful saves from Palace keeper Bridson.
Palace continued to push forward in search of the equaliser with Babajide always looking a danger. However some solid defending and strong tackling from centre-back Rosie Paye kept them at bay.
Deep into injury time the Addicks sealed the points as great skill along the by-line from Player of the Match Harrison set up Kylie Manktelow to clinical fire home the Addicks fourth goal.
Charlton Reserves: Baker, Houlihan, Butler (Kylie Manktelow 65mins), Paye, Richards, Nash (Giordani 73mins), Rogers, Monaghan, Blowers (Mulholland 46mins), Harrison, Stubbington
Player of the Match - Emma Harrison