Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 12:17AM UTC, Wednesday, 20 February 2013
Megan Chandler revealed defeat to Tottenham in the FA London Women’s Senior Cup semi-final a year ago spurred the Charlton women’s team on to get a better result this time around.
The Addicks booked their place in the London Cup final against Arsenal reserves when they beat Spurs 4-0 on Sunday, avenging their shock 2-0 defeat last year in the process.
Chandler, playing in an unfamiliar right-back position, was named PHSC plc Player of the Match and saw a Gemma Bryan hat-trick prove too much for the North Londoners.
After the game, the 19-year-old revealed the whole team were motivated by a failure to make the final last season.
She said: “We knew we could do it, it was just a matter of actually going out there and getting it done. I played them last year and it was absolutely terrible so we owed them this time.
“It was a great motivation because it was that bad last year, it was one of those ones you didn’t want to bring it up but we had to. We took it on and we smashed it this year.
“I think we deserve some silverware, we have had it tough through the years. Since I’ve been playing in the first team we’ve been so close and now we have finally got it, it’s great.”
The switch in positions for Chandler came about when Charlton’s current Player of the Year, Sinead Boyer, got injured.
Megan played at full-back against Leeds last weekend as well and is revelling in the change to her game and just enjoying her football.
“It’s a lot different to centre-mid – the fitness is completely different,” she added.
“But playing with [Jenny] Newman, Rosie [Paye] next to me, Kim [Dixson] and [Charlotte] Longy in midfield, you can’t fault the players around you.
“They are always supporting you so even if you do something wrong, where you are new to that position, everyone’s backing you.
“I’m a completely different right-back to, say, Shinny, who gets up and down the pitch – I can’t do that! It’s different but it is nice getting the ball a lot and trying to attack from a different angle rather than through the middle.”
“I just love playing,” she added, “and if that means moving from centre-mid to right-back then so be it, it’s always fun. I did miss centre-mid though - nudge, nudge wink, wink!
“At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter where you play, as long as you’re doing well and the team’s doing well – play me up front, I don’t mind. I might score once in a while!”