Charlton 3-1 Cardiff City (Women's FA Cup Rnd 5)
Report by CAWFC Media
Page last updated at 11:24PM GMT, Sunday, 18 February 2018
The Charlton Women`s team have reached the quarter-finals of the SSE Women`s FA Cup and are the only team outside of the Women`s Super League left in the competition
Three goals, two from Kit Graham and the other from Charlotte Gurr, in ten first half minutes put the Addicks firmly in control and although Cardiff staged a spirited second half fight back they could not add to their early goal after the break.
Head coach Riteesh Mishra was forced to make one change to the starting eleven from the previous week with Chloe Brunton-Wilde coming in for Sam Pittuck who was ruled out with illness.
Charlton started strongly and dominated the first half playing some excellent passing football. They created the first chance of the game following a foul on Graham. Cardiff keeper Estelle Randall just got her finger tips to Gurrs 20 yard free-kick tipping the ball on to the crossbar.
Nicole Pepper sent another free-kick for the Addicks wide of the upright before returning to her defensive duties and heading clear a dangerous cross into the area.
Gurr forced keeper Randall to make another low save bufore Graham broke the deadlock after 23 minutes turning a defender of the edge of the area and drilling the ball home leaving Randall with no chance.
Charlton piled on the pressure and skipper Kim Dixson sent a long range effort flashing past the far post.
A low driven cross from Olivia Lukasewich was met by Graham to fire home from 6 yards for her second of the game after 29 minutes.
A quick Cardiff break saw Addicks keeper Katie Startup save a low cross at her near post.
With 32 minutes on the clock Charley Clifford threaded the ball through to Gurr who calmly finished from 6 yards to keep up her record of scoring in every round of the cup.
A superb run from Cardiff skipper Cori Williams was then halted by Hannah Churchill who chased back to clear the danger in the last action of the half.
Cardiff came out on the attack after the break and following a foul by Pepper keeper Startup did well to push the low free-kick round the post.
Although Startup was able to help the resulting corner on the ball went in off defender Nicole Pepper for Cardiff to pull a goal back after 53 minutes.
Lee should have extended the Addicks lead but lifted her effort over the bar from close range.
A 35 yard effort from Cardiffs Ffion Price crashed against the upright and was cleared for a corner which Startup claimed well from under the crossbar.
Price then let fly with another long range strike which brought an excellent flying save from Startup who did well to hold on to the ball.
The pace of teenage Charlton striker Georgia Griffin caused Cardiff problems in the final few minutes affording the Addicks a little breathing space.
Charlton: Startup, Brunton-Wilde, Dixson (Griffin 67mins), Lukasewich, Coombs, Clifford, Gurr, Churchill, Pepper, Lee (Monaghan 82), Graham
Subs not used: Walklett & Jackson