Charlton 3-0 Tottenham Hotspur (Capital Senior Womens Cup Final)
Report by David Brenchley
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The Charlton women’s team produced an impressive performance to defeat Tottenham 3-0 at Wingate & Finchley FC on Wednesday and retain their Capital Cup (formerly the London Cup) title for the fourth year running.
The victory, thanks to a brace from Gemma Shepherd and one from Kit Graham, banished memories of the Addicks’ Ryman Cup penalty shootout loss to Spurs two weeks ago.
The Addicks were clearly motivated to go one better this time and were well on top from the start, with Graham latching onto an under-hit back pass five minutes in but could only fire wide across goal.
Just moments later, a Charley Clifford corner kick was palmed by Toni-Anne Wayne but not far and, after bouncing around in the six-yard box, was put over the bar by Spurs defender Alex Keown.
It was not long, though, until Charlton had opened the scoring when, on 11 minutes, Shepherd took in a pass from defence on the halfway line and knocked the ball past her defender.
Graham and Howlett were straight on the counter attack and Shepherd found the former with a perfectly weighted ball over another defender and Graham found the bottom corner to break the deadlock.
The second arrived on 22 minutes when Nikita Whinnett did well to chase what looked a lost cause and get there before any defender but saw her shot saved by the advancing Wayne’s legs. The ball, however, fell kindly for Shepherd, who lobbed the ball into an unguarded net from 20 yards out.
There wasn’t much goal mouth action in the rest of the half, with Charlton doing well to snuff out any signs of a Spurs comeback and they went into the break two goals to the good.
The North Londoners made a double substitution at the interval, with Riana Soobadoo and Katie O’Leary entering the fray, and they came out determined to pull a vital goal back.
Wendy Martin narrowly failed to find Avila Bergin with a through ball and the ever-dangerous Bianca Baptiste broke through the Charlton defence and skipped past a few but was halted by a superb challenge by Sam Pittuck.
Having weathered a storm of sorts, Charlton regained the initiative and had some chances of their own to increase their advantage, with Wayne denying Clifford and Shepherd heading a corner wide.
After a couple more chances for their opponents, with Megen Lynch saving a Baptiste free kick easily and Pittuck making a vital block from Kelley Blanchflower, Charlton put the game to bed with nine minutes remaining.
A Lynch goal kick hit towards the right wing took Spurs, who were lined up to the left, by surprise and allowed Whinnett a free run down the wing. She then put a ball through to Graham, who squared for Shepherd at the edge of the area to sweep into an open net.
Shepherd had a great chance to bag her second hat trick in a week when substitute Jenny Newman cross well but Shepherd’s half-volley was stopped by Wayne.
Charlton: Lynch; Paye, Flack, Coombs, Pittuck; Dixson, Clifford, Whinnett (Newman 86), Howlett (Simmons 90); Graham (Baxter 90), Shepherd. Subs (not used): Lee, Southgate.