REPORT | Tottenham Hotspur 1 Charlton 0

Battling for the ball

The Addicks bowed out of the Adobe Women’s FA Cup on Saturday evening. Tasting a marginal defeat to top-flight outfit Tottenham Hotspur at Brisbane Road.

Former Addick Kit Graham netted the only goal of the encounter, netting past Jessica Gray in the 76th minute to take the lead in East London.

The hosts came close to opening the scoring inside two minutes. Eveliina Summanen’s headed effort from a corner clipped the bar, stunning the Addicks early on.

Tottenham continued to pose a threat early on as England international Bethany England nodded an effort wide following Gray’s attempted punch clearance.

Grace Clinton was able to thread a neat through ball in behind the Charlton defence for Celin Bizet to run onto one-on-one, eventually thundering her strike over the bar.

Karen Hills’ side came out after the interval full of desire. Tegan McGowan claimed Charlton’s first goalward attempt of the second-half receiving the ball on the left-hand side of the box, dragging her left footed shot narrowly wide of the far post.

England continued to cause problems in the Addicks penalty box, this time hammering an effort, on the cut back, off of the bar from close range.

With 14 minutes remaining of the clash, the Lilywhites’ broke the deadlock through Graham. The forward collected the ball on the edge of the box and rifled a low driven effort into the back of the net and past Gray to take the lead.

Deep into additional time, the Addicks thought they had drawn level in the dying embers. Beth Roe’s free-kick from deep met the head of a Tottenham defender and sailed inches wide of the post and out for a corner.

Charlton: Gray, Roe, N’Dow, Skeels ©, O’Rourke (Bashford 84), Ross (Filis 74), Longhurst, Ayisi (McKenna 62), Addison (Muya 84), Barton, McGowan (Johnson 74)

Subs (Not used): Rogers, Humphrey

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