WOMEN'S TEAM | Coach and captain preview Ryman Cup final

Greg Stubley reports

The Charlton women’s team are determined to claim silverware ahead of tonight’s Ryman Cup final against Tottenham Hotspur at Cheshunt FC.

In the first of three finals against Spurs, Charlton are approaching the game in decent form, having dispatched Portsmouth 3-0 last weekend courtesy of goals from Rosey Sullivan, Kim Dixson and Kit Graham.

With that in mind, first-team coach Riteesh Mishra is hoping that his side can carry that performance into Wednesday’s cup final.

“We’re preparing well and have played some good football since the last time we played Spurs,” said Mishra.

“I think it’s been up and down this season. Before Christmas it was difficult and we’re still going through a transitional period but since the turn of the year, the performances and everything on the pitch has put us in a good place.

“We’ve played some big clubs and we have players here who want to be involved in all these types of competitions.

“I think it’s a great advert for women’s football and it’s a great chance for the girls to showcase their skills.”


With Charlton second in the league and four points behind first-placed Spurs, Mishra is expecting a lively finish to the season but remains excited for the challenges that face his side.

He said: “We’ve got four league games and we’ll want to put pressure on those around us.

“We’re buzzing for all the games and I’m excited for all the fixtures that are left.

“I want everyone to watch us, enjoy what we do and hopefully enjoy the occasion.”

Captain Dixson backed her coach’s opinions by stating her ambitions to win all three finals.

She said: “We’ve been performing well and hopefully we can keep looking to build on our performances and get the win.

“Of course, it will be difficult but we just need to find a way of us playing our natural game.

“Each game we play against them will be different, plus we have them in the league, so with seven games left we have to play them four times!

“We’ll be looking to perform the best we can in each game and get the win we want in the final.”

Read Time: 2 mins