MK Dons Women fell out of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup tournament following a defeat to Women’s Championship side, Charlton Athletic.
Charlie Bill’s team faced a tough Women’s Championship opponent, who are currently two points shy of a promotion placement. The Addicks progressed into the next round of the tournament after an intense battle on the field was concluded by two late goals from the home side.
A penalty save at 0-0, Coupar’s 15 goal of the season and two decisive goals within injury time demonstrated the tough fight both teams displayed within the third-round of this competition.
The opening stages of the fixture saw Charlton grasp the upper-hand. A handful of chances were created early on from the hosts, but their closest attempt had reverberated the woodwork after Melissa Johnson’s shot crashed off the post.
25 minutes into the game the referee had awarded a penalty to the Addicks following a handball from Hannah Warren. Simpkins stepped up to take the spot-kick, but her effort was matched by Sansom, who denied Charlton’s captain and kept the game level.
Ten minutes on from the first penalty decision, the hosts had another chance at the spot. This time, Addison was brought down in the area and the referee made another vital decision.
Melissa Johnson converted the spot-kick and broke the deadlock on the 37-minute mark. 1-0
Minutes before the interval, Coupar crafted an opportunity, which was denied by Rogers, who flew across the goal to prevent the equaliser.
The hosts took the advantage as both teams went into the break.
MK Dons aimed to level the score-line - this edged Charlie Bill’s side to create more attacking chances as they searched for a way back into the match. Coupar’s strike minutes after half time flew just wide of the post.
The travelling side’s sustained chances rewarded them with an equaliser in the 66 minute. Coupar bagged her 15 goal of the season with a spectacular finish into the top-right corner of the net, after Nicole Pepper pickpocketed the ball from Charlton’s defence. 1-1
The remaining 20 minutes could’ve tipped in any teams favour as both left everything on the field in the hope to keep their Vitality Women’s FA Cup dreams alive.
Regulation time had ended, six minutes of injury time remained. Unfortunately, in the search for a winner, the Dons conceded two goals within the final minutes of the match. 3-1
Charlie Bill stated that he “Couldn’t be prouder of the team’s performance against a full-time outfit, who are pushing for promotion into the Women’s Super League.
“They’re such an exciting team and I think they believe that every week, I think that’ll help us kick-on for the rest of the season. We’ve left everything out on the field today and I’m incredibly proud of the team.”
MK Dons: Sansom (C), Warren, Puddick, Biggadike (Nixon 70), Rush, Pepper, Miles, Gould (Miceli 70), Coupar, Mitchell (McLean 60), Newman
Subs: Guy, Davies, Bennett, Samuels, Hughes
Goals: Coupar 66
Charlton Athletic: Rogers, N’Dow, Johnson, Simpkins (C), Ayisi, Addison, Skeels, Rutherford (Bruton 55), Roe, Henson, Ross
Subs: Gray, Follis, Bashford, O’Rourke
Goals: Johnson 34,90+6 N'Dow 90+3
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