McDonagh - We're looking forward to visiting the Palace
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 3:22PM GMT, Thursday, 01 December 2016
Paul McDonagh hopes the Charlton women’s 4-2 FA Women’s Premier League South victory over Portsmouth will serve as the perfect preparation for their trip to Selhurst Park on Sunday.
The Addicks travel to the 26,000-seater stadium to face local rivals Crystal Palace in the FA Cup 1st round (kick off is an earlier 1pm), a match that promises to be a corker if this season’s two previous clashes between the pair are anything to go by.
Both sides have been guilty of letting winning situations slip as Palace overturned a 3-0 deficit to draw 3-3 in their FAWPL home match, while Charlton came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Sporting Cub Thamesmead in the return fixture. That follows on from a 3-3 tie in their last FA Cup meeting, which Charlton eventually triumphed in on penalties.
And McDonagh says, in theory, his side’s win against Pompey, their second in November, will provide a better foundation for a performance than their opponents’ 10-0 Capital Cup thrashing of Camden Town. “That’s not really much of a test for them, whereas we’ve got back into the real world with our game against Portsmouth,” he explained.
“I’d like to think our preparation is good and we’re going to go out there straight away knowing what level we’re at and knowing what we’re going to be doing.”
It was clear to see in the aftermath the two stalemates frustrated Charlton’s players and McDonagh senses they are itching to put the record straight – “They feel that it’s time to show what we can do against them,” he said.
Palace, who currently sit sixth in the FAWPL South, will be hoping for a bumper crowd and plenty of vocal support for their flagship match at Selhurst. McDonagh, though, believes his side, second in the same division, will be ‘inspired’, rather than intimidated, by the occasion. They have the added experience of playing in front of bigger crowds, having played at both the Valley and Brighton’s Amex Stadium last season.
“With the group of players we’ve got,” he added, “they’ve got the ability to step up their level when they need to and I think they really will be up for it and step up; they’ve played at the Valley before so I don’t think the occasion will cause them any problems - if anything it will inspire them even more.
On a more general point aside from any rivalry between the two clubs, McDonagh adds the chance to go on an FA Cup run and potentially test themselves against the top sides later on in the competition are the main motivations for a desire to progress.
Having run then FA Women’s Super League 1 side Everton so close two years ago, taking them to a penalty shoot out after a 1-1 draw, Charlton will be keen to pit their wits against yet another top-division side.
Right now, FAWSL 1 sides do not enter until the fifth round, giving them just three matches before the Wembley showpiece final. McDonagh hopes that, in the future, that will be brought forward to allow FAWPL teams the chance to face their more-storied opponents. For now, however, “We’d love to get through a few more rounds and pull out one of the big Super League 1 sides like Man City, Chelsea or Arsenal – that would be amazing”.
Tickets for the Crystal Palace match can be bought on the CPFC ticketing website at a price of £5. Tickets on the day will be priced at £7.50. U12s go Free if accompanied by am adult.
There are no concessions unfortunately for senior citizens or students.
We as a club dont have the tickets to sell so we urge you to buy them on-line if you want to save a few quid.