Rosey so happy to get off the mark
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 1:29PM UTC, Tuesday, 06 December 2016
As first goals for the club go, there wonít be many that are as important as Rosey Sullivanís at Selhurst Park on Sunday.
The centre back’s equalising header on 79 minutes in the FA Women’s Cup first round clash gave the Charlton women’s team, who were at the time in the ascendency, renewed momentum from which to build on.
A poor first half had seen them enter the closing stages trailing their local rivals Crystal Palace by a single goal. However, a much-improved second half performance saw them eventually wear their opponents down and, after striker Kit Graham had slammed the ball against the woodwork, Sullivan was on hand to head home her first ever senior goal for Charlton and restore parity.
And the defender wasn’t finished there, as it was her free kick that, after a couple of ricochets, fell kindly at the feet of Charley Clifford for the winning goal with just one minute of normal time remaining.
Speaking after the match, which set up a second round home tie with Portsmouth next month, Sullivan said she was pleased the impact her goal had and was delighted at her side’s turnaround.
She said: “I think we were worried for a while… I didn’t think we did ourselves justice in the first half because they overran us.
“But we did well to get back into it in the second half and pushed them out of the game - we controlled them a bit more, pressed them a bit higher and kept them in their own half more.
“They had a lot of support behind them and I think that’s why they did well in the first half, but as soon as the second half came around you could see they lost their momentum a bit. We had quite a big crowd as well, so that helped us.”
On her strike, Sullivan jokingly admitted it was ‘about time’ she got on the scoresheet for the first time for Charlton. “I nearly got on it the other week but then Jenny fouled someone,” she added. “It doesn’t bother me whether I score or not, as long as we win; but it’s always a bonus if it’s your goal.”
Having had a tough time since joining the club from West Ham United three years ago, Sullivan is now enjoying her football more than ever. The former Hammers captain injured herself during her final match in claret and blue – an injury that kept her on the sidelines for just over a year.
When she looked to have finally returned to fitness, Sullivan was dealt another cruel blow, injuring her other leg and meaning she would miss almost a further two years.
Since the beginning of the season, though, she has been a stalwart in central defence alongside Grace Coombs and admits she has enjoyed this season.
“It’s good, everyone’s been saying each week’s getting better and better and I’m feeling like my old self now,” she explained. “I’m enjoying it a lot more, I’m feeling confident - I don’t think about it anymore, I just go in for tackles no matter what.
“It was hard pre-season because there was a lot of competition but you just have to keep going. Two injuries in three years was hard work but I was adamant I needed one more year of playing – maybe two, now; you never know… the aches and pains don’t go as quickly anymore!”