Charlton 1-0 Hounslow (Capital Cup Round 1)
Report by Jake Murphy
Page last updated at 10:40AM UTC, Tuesday, 27 October 2020
Charlton Athletic Women U21s progressed to the next round of the Capital Cup, as an Angel Fowler wonder goal saw them beat Hounslow Women’s first team 1-0 at Rayners Lane.
It was a nearly a dream start for Charlton after Lou Hembrough hit the post with a free kick inside the D in the seventh minute.
With the exception of the free kick, it would be Hounslow who would have the most chances in the opening 20 minutes of the first half.
A free kick from distance would be followed up by a volley for the home side that went sailing over the crossbar.
The deadlock was finally broken in the 24th minute when Fowler shot from distance and the effort looped over the goalkeeper and hit the back of the net to put Charlton into the lead.
This would be the catalyst Charlton needed to create more chances, most notably in the 37th minute when Shamoy Campbell from yards out had her attempt blocked at the far post. Five minutes later Campbell would be fouled in the penalty area, which the Charlton camp believed was a penalty, however the referee waved play on.
The opening nine minutes of the second half would see long-range shots from Jemma Freestone and Tegan Attree for Charlton, but to no avail.
Charlton and Hounslow would both have attempts as the game went on, but the score remained the same.
Then in the 87th minute Hounslow had their best chance in the game, despite a foul on a Charlton player in the build-up, as they would strive forward and shoot over the crossbar.
Goalscorer Fowler said: "I`m very proud of all the girls, everyone put in a great shift and dug deep until the final whistle to get the win. We knew going into the game it would be a tough challenge, but we played our game and matched them physically. On a personal note, I am delighted to get the goal to see us head into the next round of the Capital Cup."
Manager Karl Davy added: "There were times where we could have played a little bit neater, but towards the second half we kept the ball very well. Towards the last 25 minutes the opponent’s legs had gone so would have liked to score more, but in a physical game, we deserved to come away with the win."