Charlton Athletic Football Club Women
Charlton 7-6 Reading
Charlton 7-6 Reading
Report by Sue Prior
Page last updated at 10:02AM GMT, Sunday, 27 February 2011
The Royals pay the penalty as ten girl Addicks win 5-4 on penalties after the teams were deadlocked 2-2 after extra-time. Pictured penalty scorer & penalty saver Megen Lynch & Charley Clifford who netted the winning spot kick

The Addicks caused the biggest upset of the day in the 4th Round of the FA Women`s Cup by knocking out second placed National Division side Reading. Victory was even more satisfying for Paul Mortimer and his young squad as it was against all the odds . . . . . .

Already without leading scorer Gemma Bryan and inform winger Ellie Bailes through injury Mortimer was dealt a further blow before kick-off when influential midfielder Kim Dixson failed a fitness test having picked up an injury against Arsenal the previous week.

Mortimer brought in Francesca Ali for her first start in an otherwise unchanged team.

In the pouring rain on a heavy pitch it was the Royals who carved out the first chance as centre-back Kelly Chambers headed an early corner narrowly over the bar.

The Addicks stunned the homeside when they took the lead after 7 minutes when Ali threaded through an inch perfect pass to striker Jenny Newman who applied a great finishing touch.

Reading hit back and Chambers again went close forcing Addicks keeper Megen Lynch to tip the ball over the bar.

Minutes later another corner resulted in Mikeala Howells sending a header narroly over.

Pam McRoberts then won the Addicks a corner and from Stef Simmons flag kick Ali volleyed straight at Reading keeper Grace Moloney.

On 38 minutes Newman sent in a cross which was met by Ali who sent a header looping over keeper Maloney to put Charlton 2-0 up.

However the Addicks joy was short lived as two minutes later McRoberts, who was defending on the goal-line, instinctively tipped away a goalbound Reading effort and was sent-off. Howells put the Royals back in the game from the penalty spot.

Reading came out strongly after the break and Lynch made a great finger-tip save from Meg Bradley.

Addicks midfielder Grace Coombs then had a shot blocked as Charlton forced a series of corners but were unable to take advantage.

Centre-half Becky Duggan made a good headed clearance from a Reading free-kick before Lynch made a fine low diving save.

After 62 minutes the Royals drew level when full-back Stacey Wiggins headed home a free-kick.

Charlton hit back and a quick break by Fliss Gibbons saw the young striker fire a long range effort wide as Reading keeper Moloney slipped on the muddy surface.

Gibbons non-stop chasing had the home defence under pressure and defender Meg Alexander picked up a yellow card for bringing her down.

In an amazing 7 minutes of injury time Reading, who became increasingly desperate to find the winner, hit the crossbar and Wiggings has a good effort saved by Lynch.

In the first half of extra-time the Addicks began to take control as Reading began to tire from all their efforts to break ten player Charlton down.

Great battling by Gibbons saw her win the ball only to see her goalbound strike saved by the keepers feet.

Addicks defenders Duggan and Megan Chandler, who were outstanding at the heart of the defence made several vital challenges to keep the Royals a bay.

The second-half of extra-time saw Lynch make another fine save before Coombs and Gibbons surged forward to win a succession of corners which the Addicks were unable to convert.

Reading substitute Fran Kirby then sent a long range shot flashing past the foot of the far post.

Charley Clifford nearly clinched the tie for the Addicks in the final minute with a long range strike which keeper Moloney tipped over the bar.

With the scores level the game then went to penalty kicks. Sam Rowland, Stef Simmons and Ciara Sherwood converted for Charlton and with Reading having netted four spot kicks keeper Lynch kept her cool to net her first ever Charlton goal to take it to sudden-death. The drama continued as Lynch saved Reading`s next penalty only for Addicks skipper Katie Flack to see her effort saved. Reading missed their next spot kick and it was left to Charley Clifford to step up and score the winning penalty to put the Addicks into the last 16 of the FA Cup. 

Charlton Team: Lynch, Flack, Simmons, Ali, Duggan, Chandler, McRoberts, Coombs, Gibbons (Rowland 115mins), Newman (Sherwood 63mins), Clifford 
Subs Not Used: Smith, Ahern, Alden

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