Megen's Spot On
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 6:48PM UTC, Wednesday, 12 December 2012
After finding a new lease of life in the Charlton women’s reserve team, goalkeeper Megen Lynch has been cast in a completely new role – as the side’s penalty taker.
The Addicks are currently leading the way in the Premier League Southern Division and are into the League Cup semi finals, extending their winning run to nine games now.
Megen has played a big part in that run, both keeping goals out – she has conceded just 10 goals in 12 games this season – and scoring them – she is the league’s joint 15th leading scorer.
Her first penalty this season came at the tail end of the reserves’ 6-0 thrashing of Gillingham, after Jenny Newman was felled.
She was then put on the spot against West Ham, with the game finely poised at 0-0 just before half time – and against her former understudy at Charlton, Alex Baker.
Q: You took your first penalty of the season against Gillingham, how did it come about that the goalkeeper took it?
A: “No-one stepped up to take it. Jen got fouled and there was a two minute pause like, ‘who’s going to take it?’ and I thought, since we missed the last one, I might as well take it. Charley and Annabel were both on hat tricks, I offered them it and they said no so I just took it.”
Q: Have you taken any penalties before this season?
A: I have only taken one previous penalty and that was in the FA Cup [fourth round penalty shoot-out victory against Reading two seasons ago] and was only because nobody else wanted to take it. It was the fifth penalty and I said ‘yeah, I’ll take it’ not realising that if I missed, we lost.
Q: The one against West Ham United came at a critical time, just before half time and with the Hammers possibly on top in the contest. Did you feel any nerves in that situation?
A: I didn’t feel the pressure of the situation, not having had a good first half, I felt the pressure because it was Alex [Baker, Megen’s former understudy at Charlton]. I was really nervous thinking ‘maybe she knows where I’ll go, maybe she doesn’t’. Luckily enough I managed to confuse her enough and put it away. If they had scored first, they would have won it and we wouldn’t have scored. Luckily they didn’t have a striker on the pitch that could finish and the penalty came at a really good time for us.
Q: This season has been a good one for the Reserves so far, especially after the League Cup quarter final thrashing of Sunderland. How has it been to be a part of?
A: It’s been really good. We are top of the league, have beaten supposedly the two top teams, we are in the League Cup semi final and the team is flying at the moment but we just can’t get complacent. I think the quality of player we have is very high. We have a good mix of experience, some young players coming up and it’s great that no one is missing out and we are a whole team, playing for each other and are prepared to put our bodies on the line for each other.