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Charlton Athletic Res won the Kent County Cup at Sevenoaks FC on Thursday night, beating Millwall Lionesses Res 3-0 after a rousing second half display inspired by a double from substitute Jenny Newman.
The first half had given no clue that there would be a decisive winner as, in front of a crowd of over 300, both teams had been well organised defensively and were finding it difficult to break through . Ciara Sherwood nearly turned in a cross from Mary Onianwa on nine minutes and later Toni Alden had a powerful shot well saved.
Millwall came close on 27 minutes but Megan Lynch kept out a close range effort. Just before the break, Onianwa's powerful run through the middle was only halted by an excellent goal line clearance by Eve Gilroy from a deflected shot.
The second half contined in similar vein until the introduction of Newman on 55 minutes. Almost immediately she lashed home a great shot from 12 yards after a corner was half cleared.
This seemed to settle Charlton and they started to pass with greater fluency throughout the team. From one such move, Onianwa forced home a second after Sherwood's shot had been well saved on 70 minutes. Millwall moved to a more attackng formation with substitute Angela Kiobel offering a strong presence up front but little fell the Lionessses way in front of goal.
Charlton wrapped up the match with five minutes remaining when Newman scored with a delicate back headed flick from a near post corner. Millwall were denied a consolation in the last minute when Rochelle Scott's shot hit the post but they had been second best over the final third of the game and it was Charlton captain Katie Flack who lifted the cup.
Charlton have only re-established a reserve team this season and have a very young squad which will surely have gained a lot from this cup run and Final success. The Millwall team will now look to retain their place in the Reserves Division One South as their senior team charge towards a place in the National league next season.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
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