Charlton 4-5 Everton (FA Cup Quarter-Final)
Report by Sue Prior
Page last updated at 10:34AM BST, Monday, 13 April 2015
The Charlton Women`s team suffered penalty shoot-out heartbreak as they matched Women`s Super League team Everton all the way in the FA Cup Quarter-Final.
On a cold rainy afternoon in Widnes Charlton gave a valiant display to show they are easily good enough to play at Women`s Super League level.
The 4G surface of the Select Stadium suited the Addicks style of play at it was the away team that exerted the early pressure with Gemma Shepherd rattling the Toffees crossbar with a strike from just outside the area.
Kit Graham then let fly with a 30 yard effort that whistled wide of the upright.
Everton hit back with Turner breaking clear but was adjudged off-side as Addicks custodian Megen Lynch came out to save.
The Toffees then won a free-kick which skipper Michelle Hinnigan saw deflected wide of the goal.
Charlton pushed forward and skipper Kim Dixson`s 35 yard strike sailed harmlessly over the goal before Nikita Whinnett forced Everton keeper Megan Walsh to make an excellent save with a powerful drive from 8 yards.
Another Charlton effort was then deflected high into the air and Walsh parried the ball before her defence gratefully cleared the danger.
Hinnigan forced Lynch to tip a long range effort wide before a snap shot from Jones flew over her crossbar.
The half-time whistle blew on an exciting contest in which the Addicks shaded the first 45 minutes.
An early 2nd half strike from Kit Graham was deflected wide before Shepherd ran at the home defence and forced Walsh to make a smart save.
A 35 yard free-kick from Toffees centre-back Stewart went straight into the midriff of Lynch who confidently held the ball.
The home side pushed forward and Lynch saved low from Turner before tipping a dipping 30 yarder wide.
It was end to end play as both teams pushed for a goal. A cross from Charltons Whinnett flashed across the face of the goal with nobody able to connect before Everton`s Turner blasted over from close range.
Stewart fired a free-kick wide of the Addicks goal before a curling effort from Shepherd forced Walsh to save at full stretch.
With just 3 minutes left Everton won a corner which centre-back Ellie Stewart headed home for what looked like the winner.
However the Addicks hit back within a minute to level the tie as Kit Graham`s shot was tucked home from close range by Nikita Whinnett to send the tie into extra-time.
Everton`s Magill had a great chance firing wide with only Lynch to beat before Shepherds long range effort was easily claimed by keeper Walsh.
Grace Coombs free-kick was cleared by the Toffees defence to Amy Howlett who saw her first time effort blocked on the goal-line.
Lynch was brought into action again foiling Whipp with a great point blank save before Whinnett headed an Everton corner off the line.
The final action of the first half of extra-time saw Shepherd set up Graham who fired over.
Both teams visibly began to tire and PHSC Player of the Match Megen Lynch pulled off a superb double point blank save to deny the home team.
Shepherd had the chance to seal it for the Addicks in the final minute as she cut through the Toffees defence but just couldn`t get enough power on her shot.
The tie then went to penalties with Shepherd, Dixson and Whinnett slotting home their spot kicks. It all rested on the final two penalties. Charlton`s Sam Pittuck saw her effort crash down off the crossbar before Everton netted the winning penalty.
It was a cruel way for the Addicks to go out but they did the club and the FA Women`s Premier League proud and showed they are worthy of playing at the higher level.
Charlton: Lynch, Paye, Coombs, Pittuck, Flack, Harrison (Howlett 74mins), Dixson, Clifford (Hardaker 87mins), Whinnett, Graham, Shepherd
Sub not used: Simmons