Fran's Cup Delight
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 3:33PM BST, Tuesday, 29 April 2014
Francesca Tye was delighted with the Charlton womenís teamís second-half performance as they came from a goal down against Queens Park Rangers to lift the Capital Cup trophy on Sunday.
ďItís always good to have healthy competition and occasionally when things arenít going right you have to drop players and you have to change things up and Stuart is prepared to do that and I think we are finally starting to find a team that works.Ē
Despite still creating a number of chances in the first period, including Tye crashing a volley against the crossbar, the Addicks were, by their own admission, not up to their usual high standards.
And a Stacey Sowden goal after 23 minutes of the final gave QPR a one-goal lead at the interval – an advantage that would have been more had goalkeeper Megen Lynch not made late saves to deny Sowden.
However, five minutes after the restart Charlton had stormed into a 2-1 lead, courtesy of goals from Sam Pittuck and Kit Graham and Tye hailed her side’s improved performance.
The midfielder, who was handed the Player of the Match award afterwards, said: “We started the second half so quickly and I think that really caught them by surprise.
“After that the goals really gave us more confidence and we really grew into the game. We held the ball better and controlled the game.
“We’re a team that tends to play much better second half than first half and I think everyone knew we would come out better second half.
“[Manager Stuart Weston] always likes to give us a bit of a rollicking at half time, which he has to do – first half we were a bit slow out of the pit stops but second half we really upped it.”
After starting the season as a first-team player, Tye was asked by Weston to step into the reserves to work on her game, where she stayed for a large portion of the season.
Recalled a month ago mainly due to injuries, Tye has impressed and has remained in the first team since – the Player of the Match award being the culmination of her transformation as a player.
Tye has attributed her rise in performance down to her spell in the reserves, which helped get her confidence back, and is now hoping to end the season starting in the first team’s midfield.
“There are a couple of players,” she added. “Clare [Rogers] was in the reserves, Ruby [Southgate], Alice [Singyard] and Emma [Harrison] has had a bit so a lot of us have spent time down there and I think it’s only helped us gain confidence, rebuild and be ready for the first team.
“The coaching in the reserves has been excellent – it has been a drop down but the coaching is still there and I’ve really enjoyed it and it’s good to come back into the first team and show what you’ve worked on.
“It’s always good to have healthy competition and occasionally when things aren’t going right you have to drop players and you have to change things up and Stuart is prepared to do that and I think we are finally starting to find a team that works.”