Parsons - Delighted but has sights set on the Treble
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 3:12PM BST, Tuesday, 05 May 2015
Jeremy Parsons was delighted with his side’s “deserved” FA Women’s Premier League (FAWPL) Cup victory over Sheffield FC on Sunday, but warned his players cannot rest just yet.
After 120 minutes of football, the FAWPL Cup final ended goalless and the Addicks were victorious in a penalty shootout – with Megen Lynch saving two and Sam Pittuck converting the winning spot kick.
It was the third penalty shootout Charlton have been involved in, beating Crystal Palace in the FA Cup fourth round before being eliminated by Everton in the quarter finals of the same competition.
However, it will be a quick turnaround for Charlton as they go in pursuit of their third trophy this season when they face West Ham United in the Capital Cup final at Harrow Borough FC on Wednesday (7.30pm).
On the FAWPL Cup triumph, Parsons said: “We’ve beaten a good side. Sheffield are a good side, play good football, and battle hard; but over the 90 minutes I felt we created a few more chances than they did so I felt we deserved to win the game.
“I think it helped us with regards to the Everton situation and the experience we learnt there.
“You’ve got to remember that they are second in their league, which is the Northern equivalent of ours, they’ve still got a possibility of going into the play off final for the FAWSL 2 so they are a good side.
“With the group of girls that we’ve got at the moment we’re not too far from WSL football as far as I can see, if we continue to learn and move on like we’ve been doing.”
Charlton are reigning champions in the Capital Cup, so will probably be favourites for the tie, having not lost to West Ham in three clashes between the two sides this season.
And, having already won the Ryman Cup after a 2-1 extra time win over Tottenham Hotspur, also have plenty of cup final experience behind them.
However, with this being their 10th match in just 36 days since the beginning of April and having already played extra time in five different matches in 2015, fatigue will be a danger.
But Parsons believes his side have enough depth to get through the final three games of the season.
“There’s depth in our squad,” he confirmed. “There’s players that I couldn’t get on on Sunday that will get a look in on Wednesday.
“It’s all about having good players on the bench waiting to come in and do a job and I hope they can take their opportunities.
“West Ham have been picking up some good results recently in the league, they’re another hard-working side; it’s just picking our girls up and trying to do it again.
“Hopefully the job will be done in 90 minutes and not extra time this time.”