Daisy - to win Sunday would be massive for us
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 10:02PM BST, Wednesday, 03 May 2017
The Charlton women’s travel to the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, on Sunday hoping to complete a cup double - and regain the FA Women’s Premier League (FAWPL) Cup in the process.
It will be the final match in an enthralling series of clashes between Charlton and London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, the current FAWPL Cup holders.
After Spurs, who tied up the FAWPL South title a fortnight ago, were victorious in the first two games, including retaining the Ryman Cup, Charlton regrouped and have hit back with a vengeance.
The Addicks won the next two despite going a goal down in both, the latest of those being the Capital Cup – a trophy they have now won for four successive seasons.
So, as well as being “the big one”, it is also the decider between two sides who are extremely closely matched. And, although it wouldn’t make up for the disappointment of losing out on the league title, midfielder Daisy Monaghan says it would be “massive” for the club and players to end the season with two trophies.
“This is the big one – the one that we all want to win,” she said. “Like Riteesh has said, this is one of the biggest games for us and we have to do what we did in the last two games and keep pushing on.
“We didn’t deserve to be 1-0 down [in the Capital Cup] at all – [nor in the league game] the weekend before, I thought. We started both games really well and we’ve done what we’ve been asked to do.
“It just shows the character of the girls and how much we’ve come on from when we lost a couple of months ago.
“To end the season with two bits of silverware would be massive for us. Obviously we let ourselves down in the league and I think all the girls know that. We do want to add that second piece of silverware to the cabinet.”
The young central midfielder was given a big brief in the Capital Cup final – playing holding midfielder against a strong, physical side from the start. And the 19-year-old did not look out of place, having made giant strides since stepping into the first team fold from reserve team football earlier in the season.
Now, she will be hoping to be given a similar role
“I was happy that Riteesh trusted me to go in and play and give me such a responsibility, especially sitting in front of the back four,” she continued. “The players I had around me helped me get through it – they all spoke to me.
“[Playing in the first team has] been good. Obviously it’s going to take some time to get up to the speed and the awareness and everything of everyone else in the team but I think the more game time I get, the more it’ll come.
“I know I can play a lot better than I have been so I just want to keep building on it and improving every game. Playing against better players, playing with better players like the girls in the first team at the moment really does help you.
“You can see what they’re doing and you have to up your game when you’re playing against players like the girls in the Tottenham team and push yourself to keep with them.”