Charlton 10-0 Newcastle United (SSE Women's FA Cup 3rd round)
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 7:50PM UTC, Sunday, 07 February 2016
The Charlton women’s team qualified for the SSE FA Women’s Cup fourth round in emphatic style, with a 10-0 victory over Newcastle United at Sporting Club Thamesmead on Sunday.
Five goals from Gemma Shepherd, a hat trick from Kit Graham, one for Stef Simmons and an Emily Ellis own goal saw the Addicks run out comfortable winners.
It was a quick start from the Addicks and Shepherd had her hat trick within the first 15 minutes, all supplied by strike partner Graham.
It looked like a nice day in Thamesmead for the match, with the sun shining beforehand, but a heavy downpour greeted us around two minutes in, forcing the 235 spectators to rush for cover.
It also made many miss the first goal of the game, as Shepherd latched onto a Graham ball through the heart of the Newcastle defence four minutes into the tie to slot past Alison Cowling.
She had her second of the game five minutes later; Graham turning and holding off a Newcastle defender before squaring for Shepherd to slam home from close range.
On 15 minutes, Graham flicked the ball over her marker inside the penalty area only for Jessica Havelock to stick up her hand to stop the ball from going past her. Despite her protestations, the referee had no choice but to point to the spot and Shepherd coolly dispatched the spot kick into the corner bottom.
It took about 18 minutes but the visitors finally found their rhythm after the third goal and tried to probe in the final third, but Charlton’s defence held firm to deny them chances.
In fact, it could have been four on 22 minutes when Cowling did well to parry Graham’s right-footed effort, but could only find Jenny Newman. The winger followed up with a shot that was rolling wide, although the offside Shepherd did her best to turn it round the post but failed.
They only had to wait nine minutes to get that fourth, though, and it was Shepherd set up by Graham yet again.
Graham got a deserved goal herself on 36 minutes, turning her defender and driving past a couple more defenders before slamming home from just outside the penalty area.
Newcastle’s best chance of the first half fell to striker Ellie Dobson from long-range as she took aim at the top corner but it was easily saved and held by Megen Lynch.
Graham then added a goal either side of half time, with Shepherd turning provider for both, lobbing Cowling twice. The first took her overall tally for Charlton to 100 goals from 126 appearances.
Shortly after captain Kim Dixson was unfortunate to see her free kick fly across goal and wide of the far post, but Shepherd grabbed her fifth on 54 minutes after some unselfish play from Nikita Whinnett. The winger surged down the line and away from Newcastle’s left back before cutting in and squaring for Shepherd when she had a very good chance to score herself.
The Liverpool-born player could have been on the scoresheet when Graham laid a pass back to her, but Whinnett’s shot with the outside of her right foot went well over.
Just a minute after coming on for Newman as a substitute, Simmons then scored a superb volley with her first touch of the game and the tie was over and done with 15 minutes from time as Emily Ellis turned a Shepherd cross past her own goalkeeper for double figures.
The draw for the fourth round will take place on Monday afternoon, with FA Women’s Super League sides Millwall Lionesses, Everton, Durham, Aston Villa and Sheffield FC in the hat.
Charlton’s fellow FA Women’s Premier League sides still in the hat include Blackburn, Brighton, Tottenham and Sporting Club Albion, while there are four outstanding matches to be played this coming weekend.
Charlton: Lynch; Paye (Southgate 63), Flack, Coombs, Pittuck; Dixson, Baxter, Whinnett (Howlett 57), Newman (Simmons 59); Graham, Shepherd. Sub (not used): Clifford.