Charlton 4-1 Portsmouth
Report by Sue Prior
Page last updated at 10:46PM BST, Sunday, 20 September 2015
Southern Division Champions Portsmouth saw their 100% record smashed at Privett Park in Sunday by a superb performance from Charlton Women who now move up to second spot in the league.
First half goals from Gemma Shepherd and Kit Graham put the Addicks in control at the break. They built on this in the second half with Jenny Newman and Nikita Whinnett doubling the score before Lucy Quinn netted a spectacular late consolation for Pompey.
Manager Jeremy Parsons was forced to make one change with Jenny Newman returning to the starting eleven in place of Amy Howlett who picked up a foot injury against Spurs on Thursday night. With Darcy Wells unwell Ruby Southgate and Lauren Parsons were included in the squad.
There was almost a disasterous start to the game for the Addicks as a weak back pass from Stef Simmons saw a couple of fine blocks from her team mates before a Pompey striker fired over the target.
Charlton then began to settle and following a foul on Shepherd skipper Kim Dixson sent a free-kick well over the crossbar.
A 30 yard lob from Shepherd dipped narrowly over the bar landing on the roof of the net before a dangerous ball across the face of the goal from Graham just eluded Newman at the far post.
A quick break from Pompey saw Gemma Hillier force Addicks custodian Megen Lynch to make a smart low save and shortly after the home side sent a free-kick flashing narrowly wide.
With 26 minutes gone Charlton opened the scoring as Shepherd spotted the keeper off her line and clipped the ball over her from 25 yards.
Dixson was brought down just outside the area but Charley Clifford failed to work the keeper from the free-kick.
Kit Graham finally opened her account for the season after 35 minutes with a powerful strike from the edge of the box with her right foot after her left footed strike had been blocked by a defender.
The Addicks were playing some fine flowing football and a great move culminated in Clifford pulling her shot well wide shortly before half-time.
Portsmouth came out strongly after the break and striker Ini Umotong broke through forcing Lynch to make a fine save before Simmons cleared the danger.
Shortly after Umotong went to ground very easily and Shannon Seivwrights free-kick flew narrowly over the bar.
Lucy Quinn then fired over for the home side having been set up by Umotong.
Charlton hit back and great footwork from Jenny Newman saw the Addicks forward fire home off the far post only to be ruled offside.
Lynch was forced into making another useful save low at the foot of her post from Pompey skipper Simmonds.
Just after the hour PHSC Player of the Match Nikita Whinnett sent over a cross which was met by Dixson and when her effort cannoned off the keeper Newman was on hand to fire into the empty net.
Minutes later Newman almost claimed a second only to be thwarted by a great save from the Pompey keeper.
The home side hit back and Jemma Tewksbury, who was clearly offside, broke clear but shot straight at Lynch.
A well flighted ball from defender Rosie Paye was met first time by Graham forcing another save from the keeper.
A great ball from Shepherd cut through the home defence for Graham who forced another fine save from the keeper.
On 90 minutes Shepherd picked out Lauren Parsons with a cross and the 16 year old substitute unselfishly set the ball back to Whinnett to fire into the roof of the net for the Addicks fourth goal.
Deep into injury time Pompeys outstanding player Lucy Quinn netted a spectacular consolation with an effort from the touchline.
Charlton: Lynch, Paye, Flack, Pittuck (Southgate 78mins), Simmons, Dixson, Clifford, Newman (Baxter 70mins), Whinnett, Shepherd, Graham (Parsons 87mins)