City Ladies 1-2 Charlton: Report
- Mon 03 Dec 2012, 11:24AM
- Posted by Chris Nield / Words by Jordan Kenny
A well-organised Charlton Athletic Women’s side came from behind to beat Manchester City LFC 2-1 at the Regional Athletics Arena, Sport City.
The last time these two teams met it ended in 4-4 draw, and when City were 1-0 up inside the first minute, it looked like another thriller could be on the cards.
It was Krystal Johnston who put the home team ahead with a well timed run in behind the Charlton defence, rounding the keeper and settling herself before putting the ball into the empty net.
But despite their rapid start, the City couldn’t capitalise on the early goal and Charlton soon played their way back into a disjointed but equally contested first half. Neither team were making clear inroads into each other’s final third, instead resorting to probing long balls that each defences were easily dealing with.
Finally City found a way through with Krystal Johnson almost adding her tally, firing a low shot across the keeper and forcing a good save from the Charlton number one.
The game’s pace was stunted even further when a nasty looking - but accidental - clash of heads left City’s Amanda Goodwin on the floor, eventually leading to her being replaced by Nicola Worthington.
The slower pace seemed to suit the visitors and their patience and persistence soon paid off. It was Charlton’s two attacking Gemmas who combined to get ‘Latics back in the game. Gemma Bryan’s neat work on left allowed her to turn her marker, swivel and lay a short ball across the box for Gemma Shepherd to smash past City’s helpless keeper.
Although the home team were seeing plenty of the ball, they could not penetrate Charlton’s organised midfield and resolute defence. It was a goal Charlton deserved and the teams went in all-square after an evenly contested half.
In the second half, it was Charlton’s turn to start quickly and they soon had their reward. Within five minutes the home team found themselves a goal behind. This time the ever-dangerous Gemma Bryan going from provider to scorer. The pacey striker latched on to a ball and after a driving run fired past Danielle Brown in City’s goal.
City continued to press on, probing into the Charlton half but with little success. The South London ladies were always a danger on the counter attack with Gemma Bryan leading the charge.
City just couldn’t find a way through and when they finally did they found Charlton stopper, Kelly Cooper in fine form.
Leigh Wood summed up at the final whistle “A disappointing performance today, we never got going, we were second best for most of the game and struggled to put three passes together. We know that we will have to work hard in training this week to make sure our performance level is better for our game against Watford next week.”