Mishra happy to reach Capital Cup final
Report by Chloe Pizzey
Page last updated at 9:11PM GMT, Wednesday, 28 February 2018
The Charlton womenís teamís head coach Riteesh Mishra is aiming to retain the Capital Womenís Senior Cup when his side face Crystal Palace Ladies in the final later in the season.
The Addicks beat Leyton Orient 3-2 on Sunday in a tough match to secure their place in the final as they bid to retain the trophy.
“We had one objective. When you get to the semi-finals you’ve got to do one thing and it’s to get to the final, no matter how you get there,” Mishra said.
The score was level at 1-1 as the players went in for half time, with Georgia Griffin netting for the Addicks and Belen Ripoll-Donton getting the away side back on to level terms.
The O’s took a shock lead a minute into the second half, as Katie Holmeback’s strike from 30 yards went into the back of the Charlton net.
Mishra explained: “We knew it was going to be a tough game, they caused us problems. The players reacted well and showed good character. But I’ve got to give [Leyton Orient] credit, they did cause us some trouble. I think some of it was our own doing and some of it was them doing quite well on the counter attack.”
Charlton retained their lead just past the hour mark when an excellent turn by Kit Graham left two Orient defenders rooted to the spot as her strike from the edge of the box flew under the bar.
Graham went on to score her second of the game, which turned out to be the match winner for the Addicks with 18 minutes to go with a powerful volley that flew past Orient keeper Naomi Ogunde.
“The winning goal was full of quality, we had some moments in the second half of real quality and I think that was the difference at the end of the day,” added Mishra.
“I would’ve liked to have killed the game early on, but it was a cup semi-final, sometimes it’s not as easy as that so I’ve got to give credit to the players for dragging themselves back.
“We know Palace well, they are a club who I’m sure will be looking to beat us in that cup final. It’s a cup competition that we like as a club, we’re not going to let go of it lightly. I’m looking forward to it.”