Charlton 2-0 London Bees
Report by Chloe Pizzey
Page last updated at 8:23PM GMT, Sunday, 04 November 2018
The Charlton Women maintained their 100% home record on Sunday afternoon as they beat London Bees 2-0 at The Oakwood.
The Addicks sealed the win in the first half thanks to goals from Liz Ejupi and Gemma Bryan.
It took Charlton just three minutes to take the lead, with Bryan winning a free kick on the left wing which was saved well by Bees` keeper Sarah Quantrill, but Ejupi was there to poke the ball home.
Charlton almost made it two just minutes later, lovely work between Ejupi and Bryan saw the latter one on one with Quantrill, but the stopper did brilliantly to gather the ball.
The Addicks were running riot and captain Grace Coombs was narrowly denied her first goal of the season when the defender smashed a volley onto the outside of the post.
London Bees had their first real attack 10 minutes later, when Destiney Toussaint ran down the right wing and sent in a drilled cross, but nobody was there to latch on to it.
Charlton were let off on the half hour mark when goalkeeper Katie Startup couldn’t hold onto Emma Beckett’s free kick. Toussaint was there to smash the ball at goal but it went just over.
Startup quickly made up for her error, though, as she palmed away a shot from a tight angle from Nicola Gibson. Moments later, the England under 19 international made an outstanding point-blank save to deny what looked to be a certain equaliser.
Just one minute later Charlton were awarded a penalty when Bryan rounded Quantrill who then brought down the forward in the area. Byran brushed herself off and slammed the penalty in the bottom corner to double the Addicks` advantage.
Startup was called into action again in the second half as she excellently tipped Ruesha Littlejohn’s free kick away for a corner, which Charlton then cleared.
The Addicks dominated the rest of the second half but were unable to add a third.
Kit Graham came close in the 73rd minute when her powerful volley flew just over the bar, Georgia Griffin also came close as she was one-on-one with Quantrill, but the goalkeeper did well to make herself big and block the shot.
Charlton face Tottenham Hotspur away next in the FA Women’s Championship on Sunday 18 November, before facing local rivals Crystal Palace at The Oakwood on Sunday 25 November.
Charlton: Startup, Kerr, Coombs, Bryan (Griffin 72), Gurr, Stobbs, Bennett, Agg (Graham 63), Churchill, Maple (Bowers 67), Ejupi.
Subs (not used): Clifford, Nicol.
Goals: Liz Ejupi (3), Gemma Bryan (42).
Yellow card: Charlotte Kerr