Charlton 6-3 Portsmouth
Report by Sue Prior
Page last updated at 8:56PM BST, Sunday, 05 April 2015
Charlton Women fought back from 2-0 down to net six in a pulsating FA Women`s Premier League match at Sporting Club Thamesmead on Easter Sunday
The Addicks were slow out of the blocks and had the worst possible start when indecision between goalkeeper Megen Lynch and centre-back Grace Coombs let Pompey`s Nigerian International Ini Umotong steal possession and stroke the ball into the empty net after 3 minutes.
Charlton hit back and a couple of free-kicks after fouls on Kit Graham saw Pompey keeper Sadie Blakely punch clear and then make a comfortable save.
A pinpoint cross from Lucy Quinn then picked out Umatong who forced Addicks custodian Lynch to make a useful save.
On 22 minutes matters got worse for the Addicks as Umotong beat Sam Pittuck on the left flank before cutting into the area and firing past Lynch to put Pompey 2-0 up.
A foul on Nikita Whinnett saw Rosie Paye head Charley Clifford`s free-kick wide before Kit Graham sent a first time effort wide of the far post.
After 37 minutes the Addicks pulled a goal back as Emma Harrison latched on to a through ball from Gemma Shepherd, hold off a defender and slide the ball past the onrushing Blakely.
Minutes later Shepherd burst through the Pompey defence but a good challenge forced her to shoot narrowly wide.
The final minute of an exciting first half saw Charlton draw level after neat play between Graham and Shepherd saw the former fire home from 10 yards.
The second half started with a controversial decision as Umatong broke through and appeared to go down under a challenge from Lynch. The Nigerian International was then booked for diving.
Graham threaded a ball through the Pompey defence for Charley Clifford to force a point blank save from Blakely.
On 58 minute Portsmouth again edged ahead as Umotong was given too much room to set up substitute Charley Wilson to fire in a low shot which Lynch got her fingertips to but could not save.
It was end to end stuff and Nikita Whinnett broke clear forcing Leeta Rutherford to block her goalbound effort at the near post.
Just after the hour Charlton were awarded a penalty for a high kick in the area and Gemma Shepherd cooly slotted the ball home to level the score again - 3-3.
Charlton were now in the ascendancy and Whinnett whipped in a great cross that just evaded Harrison.
With 20 minutes remaining the Addicks took the lead for the first time as Shepherd wriggled free on the by-line and pulled the ball back for PHSC Player of the Match Harrison to smash home from 6 yards.
Graham then charged down a long kick from keeper Blakely only to see the ball fly narrowly wide.
On 77 minutes Charlton won possession from the Pompey defence and Graham curled an exquisite shot into the far corner of the goal for the Addicks fifth.
Portsmouth hit back and Lynch did well to scoop a high ball out from under her crossbar before Graham sent over a superb cross that was just to high for Whinnett to connect with at the far post.
In the final minute Charlton sealed a superb comeback as Amy Howlett played a ball over the Pompey defence for Shepherd to hit a dipping volley over Blakely for goal number six.
This victory sees the Addicks close the gap and keep the pressure on the three teams at the top with just six games remaining.
Charlton: Lynch, Paye, Coombs, Pittuck, Flack, Whinnett, Dixson, Clifford, Harrison (Howlett 83mins), Graham, Shepherd
Subs not used: Hardaker, Simmons