Charlton 4-0 Leicester City
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 7:28PM UTC, Sunday, 02 December 2018
The Charlton Women’s team moved into second place in the FA Women’s Championship table after storming to a comfortable 4-0 victory over Leicester City at Farley Way Stadium on Sunday.
Two goals apiece from Lily Agg and Liz Ejupi fired the Addicks to victory in a game they dominated from start to finish.
It could have been a different story, though, had goalkeeper Katie Startup not made a stunning fingertip save to keep a thunderous Rosie Axton free kick out just two minutes in.
But Charlton were rampant for the rest of the half. Their first chance came as the impressive Lilli Maple looped in an inviting ball in behind the Leicester defence but keeper Demi Lambourne did well to deny Ellie Bailes.
It took just 11 minutes for the Addicks to make the breakthrough, though. Ejupi did well to beat Lambourne to the ball before turning and crossing for Agg, who volleyed home in off the post from just inside the area.
Agg then went close twice in quick succession, with a free kick powered over the crossbar by millimeters before a 20-yard effort crashed against the woodwork.
Leicester had few openings in the first period, with a long ball over the top reaching Sophie Domingo, but her effort never really troubled Startup.
Bailes had another chance saved by Lambourne, with Ejupi flicking a corner straight at the former Oxford stopper, who then kept Agg out with an excellent stop after the striker had turned her defender well.
Five minutes before the interval, Charlton deservedly doubled their advantage as a deep Charlotte Gurr corner was pushed on by Lambourne but only as far as Ejupi, who poked home from close range.
It was a needed second for the visitors, with half time looming and a reaction expected from the home side. But that’s not how it transpired. Again, Charlton were straight on the front foot from the off and netted two more in as many minutes.
On 49 minutes, they worked the ball out to the left for Gurr to pick out Ejupi, who guided the ball into the roof of the net for 3-0. Just a minute later, it was four. Another well worked goal saw the ball played to the right flank this time, where Amber Stobbs whipped in a wicked centre for Agg to head home.
Charlton’s dominance waned somewhat, as Leicester went for broke. It was Domingo, this time, who kept Startup on her toes, slamming a shot on goal that the England under 19 international was more than equal to, tipping onto the crossbar.
Foxes’ top scorer Axton went off after a 50-50 challenge with Maple, but her replacement, Natasha Hudson, looked lively. She was straight into the thick of the action within seconds, as she was played through on goal, but saved again.
Hudson had a second chance as fellow replacement Nymoen charged down the right wing and delivered from the byline, but the striker could only head over.
Charlton still had chances to increase their lead. Substitute Gemma Bryan found herself one-on-one with Lambourne, but could only shoot wide of the target.
In the end, Charlton eased to victory, with an FA Women’s Continental Cup group stage clash with Arsenal next up at Boreham Wood on Wednesday 5 December.
Charlton: Startup, Kerr, Ritchie, Coombs, Gurr, Stobbs, Bailes (Griffin 84), Bennett, Agg (Bryan 76), Maple, Ejupi (Bowers 90).
Sub (not used): Clifford.
Goals: Lily Agg (11, 50), Liz Ejupi (40, 49)
Yellow card: Harley Bennett.