REPORT | Charlton 1 Birmingham 0

Charlton vs Birmingham

The Addicks recorded their first Continental Cup group stage win after a first-half Tegan McGowan strike helped Charlton secure a 1-0 win over the Blues. 

The game kicked off with high energy from the hosts in the seventh minute, Tegan McGowan attempted a skilful cross into the danger area. However, the opposing team's defence swiftly reacted, clearing the danger and denying Charlton the opening.

In the 35th minute, the Addicks took the lead after a blistering run on the right flank from Beth Roe who crossed the ball into the danger area for Tegan McGowan to blast the ball into the back of the net and secure her second goal in four days.

In the 38th minute, Godfrey embarked on a breathtaking run through the heart of the park. She unleashed a thunderous shot towards the goal. However, Birmingham's goalkeeper, Charlotte Clarke, stood tall and smothered the attempt with ease, denying Godfrey of adding to Charlton's lead.

As the half drew to a close, Godfrey embarked on yet another run. Her shot, fierce and unwavering, seemed destined to find the back of the net. However, the ball ricocheted off a defender, resulting in a corner kick.

As the second half got underway Birmingham was in search of an equaliser. But standing tall between the goalposts was Jess Gray, who had been relatively quiet in the first half. Gray swooped in to gather the incoming attack, preserving Charlton's clean sheet.

Responding, Charlton launched a swift counter-attack. Muya, unleashed a thunderous strike from outside the box, aiming to shake the net. However, Charlotte Clarke, Birmingham's keeper', dived to make a crucial save for the away side.

All eyes were on Godfrey as she once again skillfully manoeuvred the ball down the centre. With a burst of power, Godfrey released a rocket of a shot, hoping to extend the lead for the Addicks. But Clarke parried the strike away.

Just when it seemed like Birmingham might find a crack in Charlton's defence, Jess Gray once again stood strong. Finn, a relentless force for Birmingham, whipped a dangerous cross into the box. Gray leapt into action, snatching the ball from its perilous path and ensuring Charlton's lead remained intact.

As the game approached its closing stages, Charlton seized another opportunity in the 77th minute, with Addison poised to strike on goal. But once again, Clarke once again making a superb stop, Green also came bounding forward for the hosts but her powerful strike was pushed wide. The  Addicks held firm and secured their first three points of this year's Continental Cup group stage. 

Charlton: Gray, McKenna, Ross, N’Dow (O’Rourke 83), Johnson (Bell 88), McGown (Addison 58), F. Godfrey (Humphrey 83), Muya (Green 58), Skeels, Bashford, Roe

Subs: Rogers, Ayisi

Goal: McGown (35) 

Yellow: Muya (61) Bashford (89)

Birmingham: Clarke, Mason, Quinn, Finn, Harrison-Murray, Dungate, So-Hyun, Walker, Allen, Yu-ri, Jenner

Subs: Thomas, Lawley, Pennock, Smith, Fuso, Quinn, Banaras

Yellow: Mason (30)

Attendance: 276

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