Charlton 4-2 Portsmouth
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 9:09PM GMT, Sunday, 27 November 2016
A brace from Charley Clifford helped the Charlton women’s team beat Portsmouth 4-2 for the second time this month, this time in the FA Women’s Premier League South at Sporting Club Thamesmead on Sunday.
The victory moved the Addicks up into second place in the FAWPL South and served as the perfect preparation for their FA Women’s Cup match against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park next weekend.
Clifford gave her side the perfect start, heading home inside the first three minutes but Pompey levelled against the run of play before the break. It took a while, but with 20 minutes remaining Kit Graham restored the hosts’ advantage before Charlotte Lee and Clifford extended that; Sarah Kempson pulled a consolation back for the visitors in injury time.
Injuries forced manager Paul McDonagh into one change to the starting 11, with Charlotte Lee replacing Jenny Newman. Meanwhile, new signing Bupe Okeowo started on the bench.
Charlton hit the ground running and, after a Graham cross had evaded the head of Lee, Bergin centred for Clifford to head into the top corner to make it 1-0 early on.
Charlton were well on top in the first half, with Pompey keeper Courtney Trodd parrying a Graham free kick wide shortly after the goal and Lee firing over from close range later.
Despite their pressure, the South Coast side were on level terms 21 minutes in when Grace Coombs failed to clear a cross from the right hand side and Samantha Quayle was on hand to stroke past Alex Baker.
Graham was unfortunate to see a shot from close range slam against the crossbar on the half hour mark, while Shannon Sievwright went close for the hosts but saw her effort saved comfortably by Baker.
The second period started tighter, with Graham foiled by Trodd early on before Quayle shot into the side netting when one-on-one with Baker.
Clifford was unfortunate not to have her second of the day earlier than she did when rounding Trodd and shooting but seeing her effort cleared off the line by a covering defender.
Charlton didn’t have to wait long for their second, though, when Rebekha Tonks inadvertently headed a clearance towards her own goal and into the path of Graham. With Trodd advancing on the striker, she sent a lob over the keeper and into an unguarded net to restore her side’s lead on 70 minutes.
Eight minutes later, Okeowo was in the thick of the action having come on earlier in the half; she headed a free kick against the crossbar and the rebound dropped for Lee to slam home from a couple of yards out.
And it was four for the hosts five minutes later when Clifford initially missed the ball completely but saw Graham win the ball back and lay off for the central midfielder, who made no mistake second time around.
Portsmouth pressed to get back into the match and hit the woodwork twice themselves but got their just rewards in injury time when Kempson turned her defender well, cut inside and shot past Baker.
Either side of that, Trodd made good saves to deny Graham and Bergin, but the Addicks held out for a victory that moves them into second place, albeit having played one match more than third and fourth-placed Cardiff City and Coventry United and one more than league leaders Tottenham Hotspur.
Charlton: Baker, Southgate (Nash 85), Flack, Sullivan, Coombs, Dixson, Clifford, Dunne (Okeowo 55), Bergin, Lee (Monaghan 85), Graham.