Charlton 11-1 Plymouth Argyle
Report by David Brenchley
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Six goals from Gemma Shepherd helped the Charlton women’s team finish their season in emphatic style with an 11-1 win over Plymouth Argyle at Sporting Club Thamesmead on Sunday.
Shepherd opened the scoring after just three minutes, adding another before half time. Kit Graham looked to have given the Addicks a comfortable 3-0 lead to take into half time, but Emily Mousley reduced the arrears shortly before the interval.
The second half, though, saw Charlton run away with the victory: Shepherd completed her double hat trick and Graham finishing with a brace. Charley Clifford and Sam Pittuck also got on the scoresheet, with 17-year-old striker Charlie Spice registering her first ever FA Women’s Premier League goal.
Both sides were missing a number of first teamers and Argyle’s cause was not helped by having zero substitutes on the bench. For Charlton, Alex Baker stepped in for Megen Lynch between the sticks and Rosie Paye returned to the starting line up in place of Kim Dixson.
Shepherd got the scoring underway quickly, slotting coolly past Plymouth goalkeeper Michaela Phillips with just three minutes played.
The hosts played some excellent football throughout and created a number of chance to double their advantage before Shepherd got on the scoresheet again half an hour later.
Shepherd turned creator just after her first, curling the ball wide to Amy Howlett, but Graham, arching back a little too much, saw her awkward header loop just wide of the far post.
Shepherd, who seemed to be at the centre of everything the home side created, was unfortunate to see a lobbed effort strike the top of the crossbar. After a clever turn, Graham then sent a shot just wide.
Plymouth had a great chance to equalise on the half-hour mark with Ellie Bishop seeing her shot deflected wide from close range and a header from the corner headed over.
From the resulting goal kick, though, Charlton quickly went straight up the other end and struck their second. Baker played the ball wide to left back Stef Simmons, who sent a lofted pass over the middle for Shepherd to latch onto and flick over Phillips.
Emma Harrison had a really good chance to get herself in the goals but dragged a shot wide from five yards out, but it was Graham who added the third on 36 minutes, slamming an unstoppable effort into the top corner.
The visitors could have pulled a goal back immediately after but saw Ezme Wells pull a shot wide of the near post from an acute angle. They were on the scoresheet seconds before half time, though, when Mousley capitalised on a poor backpass from Simmons to nick the ball from Baker and tap home.
It didn’t take Charlton long after the break to restore their three-goal advantage. Argyle were given a warning of what to expect this half as Clifford fired a long-range effort just wide of the target. The midfielder would not miss at her second attempt on 48 minutes, though, floating one over Phillips from 25 yards out to make it 4-1.
Seven minutes later Shepherd slid Graham in for her second and Graham returned the favour on 61 minutes as Shepherd completed her first treble.
Ruby Southgate then played in Pittuck, who picked out Shepherd again on 68 minutes to convert and Charlton had their eighth on 79, lobbing home after a Sophie Blowers effort had been blocked.
Pittuck made it nine two minutes after that, volleying home from 30 yards, before Spice did well to head a corner home at the near post.
It was then left to Shepherd to complete the rout, sliding home yet again from a Pittuck pass to ensure Charlton finished third in the FA Women’s Premier League South.
It was almost a symmetrical start and end to the season, with Charlton’s first game of the campaign ending in a 12-1 win over Keynsham Town. Charlton have now scored 88 goals in their 22 league matches, with Graham (29) and Shepherd (21) the FAWPL South’s two leading scorers.
Overall, Charlton have scored an incredible 155 goals from their 41 matches, Graham (54) topping their 17-strong list of goalscorers.
Charlton: Baker; Southgate, Simmons, Paye, Flack; Pittuck, Clifford (Monaghan 53), Howlett, Harrison (Blowers 58); Graham (Spice 79), Shepherd.