Megen Lynch is looking forward to the Charlton womenís teamís final league game of the season on Sunday, as she prepares to make her 100th appearances in all competitions for the side.
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Charlton go into the game off the back of an impressive result against Premier League leaders Watford, drawing 1-1 thanks to a Gemma Shepherd equaliser.
Lynch was outstanding, making a string of saves to deny the Hornets’ usually-clinical attackers, Sarah Wiltshire and Jo Wilson.
That performance won her the PHSC plc Player of the Match award and she is now relishing the chance to reach a century of games and hoping to celebrate by keeping a clean sheet.
She said: “I’m excited for Sunday because it’s my 100th appearance. I really want to keep a clean sheet because my target for the season was 10 and I have nine.
“Never in my wildest dreams when I was eight years old joining the club did I think I would ever get to 100 appearances.
“To get there is fantastic and hopefully everything goes OK at training tomorrow and at the gym on Friday and then just rest and make sure I’m ready for Sunday.”
The milestone may have appeared to be a long way away even at the halfway point of this season. With the summer signing of Kelly Cooper from West Ham United, Megen found herself starting the season in the reserves.
Being a rather harsh critic when it comes to her own performances, it was a demotion she felt she deserved. If she did, she has equally deserved the first team slot she regained over the second half of this campaign.
Lynch helped catapult the reserves to the top of their Premier League division before Cooper broke her finger, allowing her competitor a chance and, she has not looked back.
“I deserved to be in the reserves,” she added. “Last season I deserved to be in the reserves – I didn’t play at all well last season.
“[But] I sorted stuff out, got fitter, got better, got stronger, done what I needed to do and I have obviously kept [the number one jersey] and it’s been fantastic.
“There have been ups and downs [in her time with Charlton] but it’s matured me as a player, I have enjoyed it.
“It’s the girls mainly, they made me stay for four seasons and hopefully for a fifth season next year. It would be absolutely fantastic if we could keep everyone because the team morale is amazing.”