Charlton 4-3 Portsmouth Res
Report by Warren Clarke
Page last updated at 1:45PM UTC, Tuesday, 14 October 2014
Charlton Athletic Reserves hosted Portmouth Ladies Development in the FA Women`s Preimer Reserve League Southern Division in a game that was full of drama even before kick off as the Portmouth mini bus ran out of diesel, fortunately this occurred in the petrol station so the team only had to push it a few metres.
With the fuel topped up Portmouth safely arrived and the game started at a furious pace as Charlton striker Channin Smith making her first start for the team struck after just 41 seconds as she latched onto a ball and beat the defender with her first touch and drove the ball low across the keeper.
On the 7th minute Katie Hardaker spurned an opportunity to make it 2-0 as Hope Nash crossed into the box and Katie controlled the ball with a deft touch but shot wide.
Minutes later Channin was denied a penalty claim as she was tackled from behind but the defender was adjudged to have made contact with the ball.
Portsmouth struck back with a goal of their own on the 24th minute as Charlton misplaced a pass which was intercepted and the midfielder wasn`t closed down as she sent a shot low into the bottom left corner.
The Addicks restored their lead as Hardaker sent in a corner which was met by the head of Rosie Paye as she towered above the defenders to find the bottom corner, her first goal for nearly two years.
The visitors then levelled the score just before half time as they intercepted a throw on the left hand side in the middle third, broke through the middle and then the shot which was looking like a comfortable save for 16 year old debutant Rachael Pollard took a wicked bobble off the surface and looped over and into the net on the 45th minute.
Portsmouth started the half on the front foot creating a couple of chances after some sloppy play from Charlton. However it was the host who drew first blood in the second half as Tori Campbell played an inch perfect reverse pass as Channin timed her run to beat the offside trap and bag a her brace with a cool finish into the middle of the goal (51 minutes).
Charlton then scored a beautiful team goal as the defence thwarted a Pompey attack, played the ball into Fran Tye who then played a first time ball wide left for the ball to be zipped into Dominique Harris who controledl the ball under pressure, turned the defender and unleash an unstoppable thunderbolt into the top right corner (70 minutes).
A grandstand finish was set up as Portsmouth pulled one back on the 80th minute with some neat build up play saw the ball switched from right to left then back to an unmarked midfielder in a central position who then let rip with a fantastic lofted 30 yard strike which left Pollard with no chance of saving.
Harris then had a chance to put the game to bed on the 88th minute as Megan Mulholland burst forward from right midfield and drilled in a delightful cross as Dominique`s first time shot was blocked off the line and fell to the striker again who was unable to get a clean connection as the ball went inches wide.
But there was more action to come as the referee indicated four minutes of additional time and awarded a free kick on the edge of the box after some rash defending from Charlton. With what proved to be the last attack of the game Portsmouth threw everyone in the box as the ball was whipped into the sea of blue shirts and the header was goal bound appearing to give the visitors the decisive equaliser only for Tori Campbell to leap as if from nowhere and clear the ball off the line for the ball to be whacked clear from danger. Shortly after the referee blew for time and thus Charlton claimed a vital three points and returned to the summit of the league table.
Manager Warren Clarke had this to say " We are pleased with the result but realise that we have to be more consistent with our performance. The goals we scored were evidence of the levels we can reach as the build up to all including the finishes were of the highest quality".
Player of the Match Channin Smith
Charlton: Pollard, Giordani (Campbell 14), Richards, Paye, Houlihan, Nash, Hardaker, Barnett (Harris 60), Mulholland, Tye, Smith