Katie aiming to take another step closer to Wembley
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 10:52AM UTC, Thursday, 12 March 2015
Katie Flack was pleased to take a step closer to Wembley last Sunday as the Charlton women’s team defeated Crystal Palace 4-2 on penalties after a 3-3 draw at Sporting Club Thamesmead.
After going two goals up at half time, the Addicks were pegged back to 2-2 by the hour mark. Kit Graham then added what looked to be the winner but Angela Kiobel’s late strike sent the tie into extra time.
After a goalless extra 30 minutes, it went down to penalties and, after Rochelle Shakes and Kim Dixson had missed one a piece, goalkeeper Megen Lynch saved one and scored one before Sam Pittuck converted the winning penalty.
After the match, Flack said: “We didn’t know much about Palace, we only knew they were a league below us but in a cup game that doesn’t mean anything and on the day they were really up for it and gave us a tough game.
“They were really physical, especially in a rival game we knew they would come here and be physical but I thought we handled it well in the end.
“At no point throughout the game did I think we would lose. I thought everyone dug in when they had to; it wasn’t our best performance but good teams sometimes don’t play well but manage to get the result.”
The victory sets up an FA Women’s Cup fifth round clash away to Coventry City next weekend for the right to advance into the quarter finals.
Charlton avoided one of the bigger FA Women’s Super League sides, but a win in the West Midlands would all but guarantee a draw against one of the top sides in the country.
Although it might be somewhat unlikely that former FA Cup winners will return to the final, they were given some extra motivation this week when the FA announced the showpiece will take place at Wembley Stadium for the first time ever.
Charlton, the second-lowest ranked team left in the competition, and Coventry are two of just four FA Women’s Premier League teams in the fifth round.
But, despite having missed some of the bigger teams, Flack knows it will be their toughest test in the tournament so far, having never beaten the Sky Blues in six previous attempts.
“All the big teams come in now, we don’t really know much about Coventry because they are in the Northern division but we’ll go up there and hopefully win and get into the next round,” the defender added.
“With all the Super League 1 sides coming in, we take each game as it comes in the FA Cup but we want to go as far as we can and, who knows, 1 August we might be at Wembley.
“Everyone wants to win things but to play at Wembley itself would be pretty awesome.”