Charlton 5-0 Lewes Reserves
Report by Warren Clarke
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Charlton Athletic Reserves played host to Lewes LFC Reserves at a sparrows farm which was bathed in sunshine.
With perfect conditions the the game got off to a flying start as Ruby Southgate played a ball down the line for Kylie Manktelow to run onto as her cross was missed by Sharna Giordani on the 3rd minute.
Sharna was again involved in the action as this time she linked with Francesca Tye, controlling the pass them driving past her marker only to see her cross cleared at the front post. The Addicks looked to have broken the deadlock on the 7th minute Tye played back to Leigh Houlihan who`s shot looped just over the bar. However it was Kylie Manktelow who broke the deadlock after some neat build up play starting from the back worked its way through midfield until the ball arrived with Mankelow as her early shot caught the keeper off guard as it bobbled past the outstretched arm and into the net making it 1-0 after 12 minutes.
The Reds looked to extend their lead on the 20th minute as Olivia Cole combined with midfield to work space for a cross on the far right which found Giordani steaming towards to back post but her side footed volley struck the upright.
A very young Lewes side then settled into the game and started to build a few moves of there own. As the pace of the game slowed Charlton were unable to create many clear cut chances as the visitors looked organised, working tirelessly to reduce the spaces in and around the box.
It wasn`t until the 37th minute when Charlton created another goal scoring moment as chaos ensued in the Lewes penalty back as Kylie struck the ball with venom only to be denied by the upright as the ball fell to Sharna Giordani who laid the ball off to Francesca Tye as her strike was scrambled off the line only to fall at her feet again but under pressure set the ball back to Leigh Houlihan whose shot looked to heading for the top right corner but kept rising a few inches too high. The remained of the half played without further incidents.
Charlton started the second half with intent as the were awarded a corner in the 47th minute and Daisy Monaghan and Francesca Tye played a neat give and go allowing Daisy to fire a cross into the box as Kylie Manktelow expertly volleyed the ball past the outstretched keeper to double the lead.
Not content the hosts pushed for another as Lewes were on the ropes and were rewarded on the 51st minute, this time as Kylie turned provider when her cross found Sharna who controlled the ball with a deft touch and smashed it into the back of the net leaving the keeper no chance extending the lead further.
Lewes to their credit continued to fight and looked for the goal that could spark a revival however despite creating some chances they failed to make anything test Alex Baker.
With the game entering the 70th minute Daisy Monaghan combined with the front line to fashion as left footed shot that went narrowly wide. But this was to prove as a warning because Giordani extended the lead through bizarre circumstances on the 75th minute when her intended through ball to Kylie Manktelow was misjudged by the defender and goal keeper and Kylie selflessly allowed the ball to roll into the net instead of sealing her hat trick.
Another five minutes later Hope Nash completed the afternoons scoring when she pounced on a cleared corner striking the ball on the upwards bounce above waist height and into the top right corner.
The referee blew for time on the 94th minute signalling the end of the game and another three points towards sealing the league title.
Manager Warren Clarke had this to say "We played with more fluidity today and managed to not only create but convert our chances which was pleasing".
Squad: Baker, Nash, Russell (Barnett 55), Richards, Southgate, Giordani, Monaghan, Houlihan, Cole (Blowers 65), Tye, Manktelow
Player Of The Match: Sharna Giordani