MATCH REPORT | Charlton Athletic Women 2 Tottenham Hotspur Ladies 3
Report by Chloe Pizzey
Page last updated at 11:34AM BST, Tuesday, 23 April 2019
The Charlton Athletic Women’s team slipped to a 3-2 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon.
A Rhianna Dean penalty and a headed brace from Ashleigh Neville gave Spurs all three points as the Addicks threw away a two goal lead.
Charlton started the game more dominantly, winning two early corners.
On the 18th minute Sara Eggesvik did well to pinch the ball from a Tottenham attacker and send a ball over the top to Kit Graham, who flicked the ball for Liz Ejupi who was fouled just outside the area.
The resulting Charley Clifford free-kick was tipped around the post by Chloe Morgan.
Spurs then began to find their feet in the game, winning two successive corners twenty minutes into the game. The match became very open, with both teams pushing to break the deadlock.
In the 36th minute Jessica Naz tried a speculative effort from far out, but Katie Startup had her angles covered as the ball hit the top of the net.
Charlton responded immediately with a brilliant passage of play that sees the ball fall to Lily Agg in the corner, but the striker’s powerful effort was blocked well by Jenna Schillaci.
The Addicks finally got the goal they were looking for, four minutes before half-time. Charlotte Gurr whipped in a perfect cross for Ejupi to head home to make it 1-0 at the break.
Two minutes after the interval Charlton made it 2-0. Graham picked up the ball in the Spurs half and curled the ball into the back of the net off the post.
Six minutes later, though, the Addicks gave away a penalty to give Spurs a chance to get back into the game.
Dean made no mistake and slotted the ball into the bottom left-hand corner to make it 2-1.
Charlton were rattled by Tottenham’s goal and the visitors were pushing for an equaliser. Naz received the ball and went for goal from the edge of the box, but her effort was wide of Startup’s goal.
Three minutes later Startup made an excellent, brave save to keep Charlton ahead. A high cross was looped in towards the back post, but Startup did brilliantly to get ahead of the bodies and punch the ball away.
Straight away Charlton were up the other end, Charlotte Kerr made a fantastic interception, then sent in a fantastic cross for Graham who could only head wide of the goal.
Spurs equalised on the 71st minute from a corner, Schillaci sent in a cross for the near post which was met by Neville to make it 2-2.
Minutes later Naz went bursting down the wing and sent in a powerful shot, but Startup did well to claim the ball.
With ten minutes left, Tottenham got their winner. Identical to their first, Schillaci’s corner was met by Neville at the near post who made it 2-3.
The Addicks had a brilliant chance to equalise in the 88th minute, a fantastic cross fell into the path of Graham who powerfully struck on the half volley, but couldn’t hit the target.
Next up for the Addicks is a South London derby, as Charlton travel to Selhurst Park on Sunday 28 April to take on Crystal Palace.
Charlton lineup: Startup, Kerr, Coombs (Dorey, 82) Clifford, Eggesvik (Stobbs, 75), Gurr, Graham, Bennett, Agg, West, Ejupi
Subs not used: Hembrough, Parreno Espinpsa, Ritchie
Goals: Ejupi 41, Graham 47
Tottenham lineup: Morgan, Leon, Green, McLean (Addison, 50), Hector, Wiltshire (Filbey, 84), Dean, Schillaci, Naz, Neville, Haines (Wynne, 90)
Subs not used: Gibbon, Meiwald, Beckett, Martin
Goals: Dean 53, Neville 70, 80