Rosie reflects on Plymouth Cup win
Report by David Brenchley
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Rosie Paye was pleased to have been back in action as the Charlton women’s team defeated Plymouth Argyle 7-1 in the FA Women’s Premier League (FAWPL) Cup on Sunday.
Paye was a first team regular last season, missing just three league matches, but has found opportunities harder to come by this term, making just one league start so far.
But the 18-year-old centre back was given the chance to start as the Addicks cruised into the FAWPL Cup quarter finals in the south west.
Playing in an unfamiliar right-back position, Paye was named PHSC plc Player of the Match, despite strong performances from Charley Clifford, who netted a hat-trick, and others.
Having turned in such an impressive performance, Paye could now be set to start just her second league game this season against former club Gillingham, and she was pleased to have taken her chance.
She said: “It was nice to get the chance to start this week and in a different position that I don’t normally play but I listened to what Jel [Parsons, assistant manager] and Stuart [Weston, manager] had to say and I think I did OK.
“[Playing at right back] was good, I felt I was more involved – then Flack tried to jump in, she wanted to play [there], so I had to go back at centre back!
“I don’t mind where I play. At the end of the day, defending’s defending, whether you’re centre back or right back, you’re all part of that defensive team.”
Charlton returned to winning ways after two matches without a victory on Sunday as they breezed past Plymouth in the cup.
Stef Simmons opened the scoring before goals from Clifford and Kit Graham saw the Addicks take a three-goal lead into the break.
Clifford bagged two more early in the second period to complete her hat-trick before Katie Middleton scored a consolation from the penalty spot for Argyle. Sam Pittuck and Graham then put the finishing touches to the tie to see Charlton safely through.
On the game itself, Paye was also pleased with her side’s performance and is looking forward to finding out who awaits in the quarters, the draw for which takes place on Monday.
“It was a really good win,” she added. I think we worked hard, especially because it was a poor pitch.
“We managed to keep the ball, which we didn’t think would be easy because of the standard of pitch but we made the chances and took them this week.
“We did think we might have to change our game to match theirs because we saw they played long ball but we managed to keep the ball and outplay them.”