Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 11:14PM BST, Wednesday, 03 April 2013
The Player of the Match in the London FA Women’s Senior Cup final, Sinead Boyer, was pleased with the Charlton women’s team’s victory – and with her new role within the team.
The Addicks defeated Arsenal Ladies reserves 2-1 after extra time on Thursday to lift the trophy for the first time since 2006 with a new look frontline – spearheaded by Boyer.
The 24-year-old opened the scoring after just seven minutes, converting a Kim Dixson corner, and worked tirelessly as the lone striker, carrying that impressive form on into Sunday’s 1-0 win against Aston Villa.
She could easily have broken the deadlock in that match as well, had her volley gone an inch to the right, and should have won a penalty in the second half when she was brought down but the referee decided it was millimetres outside the area.
After the cup final, Boyer said: “It was quite close. I think we dominated for the first 20 minutes and then they got on top. In the second half we came out and pretty much had the rest of the game.
“I think everyone played really well and gave it 110 per cent and they faded because we upped our game.
“Any Arsenal team is going to be hard to beat. These are the players who are looking to go up into their first team, so they have to be decent players.”
Meanwhile, captain Kim Dixson praised Sinead for her cup final performance and believes she will be an asset for the rest of the season.
Usually deployed as a right-back, Sinead showed her strength and power by dominating both Arsenal and Aston Villa’s defences last week.
And Dixson feels Charlton have found the perfect replacement for the departed Gemma Bryan, who has joined LA Strikers.
She said: “[Sinead] is very versatile but she hasn’t played many games [up front] and hasn’t played too many games recently [after coming back from injury] but she was amazing.
“I think she is just going to terrorise defences, Arsenal were terrified of her.
“Sinead is a different type of player to Gemma Bryan, not as direct but she gets her head up more and brings others into the game well.
“She created so much tonight just from her running and carrying the ball. Every little touch they had she was there.”