Kylie spurs U17's to victory
Report by Sue Prior
Page last updated at 11:46PM BST, Tuesday, 13 September 2011
Charlton played their first fixtures in the Female Development Programme on Saturday versus Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur U17's 1 Charlton Athletic U17's 3
A brace from Kylie Manktelow and a goal from Kit Graham saw the U17's kick off the season with a win.
Both teams created chances in the opening period with Tottenham having slightly more possession. It was the Addicks who opened the scoring after some fine play down the right flank saw the ball delivered to Kit Graham who slotted the ball home from the edge of the area.
On the half hour Charlton went 2-0 up as Kylie Manktelow fired in a superb goal.
Tottenham came out after the interval looking for an early breakthrough and pulled a goal back after just five minutes despite the best efforts of keeper Abbey Carey.
After conceding an early goal the Addicks pressed forward, creating more chances and playing some good flowing football. Their efforts were rewarded after 70 minutes as Manktelow fired home another excellent goal.
The Addicks continued to take the game to Spurs and were unlucky when a fourth goal was disallowed with 10 minutes to go.
Team: Abbey Carey, Holly Learmouth, Alice Singyard, Emily Symonds, Sophie Davis, Kylie Manktelow, Kit Graham, Lorraine Embleton, Charlotte Wakefield, Isobel Hunter, Mayla Felicien.
Charlton Athletic U15's 3 Tottenham Hotspur U15's 3
The first game of the season was a tough one with Tottenham looking big and strong. The first 25mins started of well with Charlton getting awarded a penalty when Megan Speaight was tripped in the area. Katie Peers stepped up and smashed the ball into the back of the net to put Charlton 1-0 up. After taking the lead Charlton conceded minutes after disappointingly with a mix up in the box making it 1-1.
We started off very poor in the second 3rd letting in an early goal to give Tottenham a 2-1 lead when a soft shot somehow found the back of the net. Then Tottenham went 3-1 up with another defensive mistake. Tottenham missed some very good chances to even extend their lead.
The U15's had to improve in the last 3rd to get anything out of the game. Katie Peers gave Charlton a lifeline when she scored a screamer with her left foot from 30 yards out. Charlton started playing better and getting the ball down and passing it. With 5 minutes left Charlton found the equaliser where Benny Pambani made a good run and found herself 1v1 with the goalkeeper and slotted the ball home. In a entertaining game Charlton were lucky to go away with a 3-3 drew but the girls never gave up and took their chances.
Player of the Match - Benny Pambani.
The other Charlton Results were
Tottenham U13's 5 Charlton U13's 0
Charlton U11's 4 Tottenham U11's 2 (Beth Smith 2, Rachel Minova & Phoebe Edwards)
Charlton U11’s manager, Ben Kirk, was so pleased with the performance off his side, that he was unable to separate the players and pick the Player of the Match.