Charlton 5-0 Fulham (Capital Cup Q/F)
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 10:24PM GMT, Sunday, 24 January 2016
The Charlton women’s team began their defence of the Capital Women’s Cup with a 5-0 victory over Fulham in the quarter finals at the University of Surrey on Sunday.
A double from skipper Kim Dixson and one apiece from Kit Graham, Nikita Whinnett and Sam Pittuck ensured a routine victory for the Addicks, their second out of two in 2016, having scored 14 in the process.
Manager Jeremy Parsons took the opportunity, playing a side two divisions below, to shuffle his pack, with Grace Coombs, Nikita Whinnett and Jenny Newman coming in for Sam Pittuck, Stef Simmons and Amy Howlett, who all came off the bench early in the second half.
Charlton weren’t their usual flowing self but dominated the game, limiting Fulham to just three shots all game.
And the visitors started as they meant to go on, with a well-struck drive from Dixson being deflected just wide. On 10 minutes, a dangerous cross from right back Ruby Southgate narrowly avoided the head of Gemma Shepherd, who was stretching to try and make contact.
Left back Katie Flack was then unfortunate to see her effort, on her weaker foot, sail just wide, while a Fulham defender was lucky her deflection of a Graham cross didn’t loop into the far corner of her own net.
The ball dropped the other side of the post and ended in a corner for Chalton. Although they didn’t directly take advantage of that set piece, it did yield a free kick 25 yards out in the centre of the pitch. Dixson lined up to take and powered over goalkeeper Lauren Allen and in on 20 minutes.
After seeing shots from Coombs and Graham miss the target, Allen had to be on top form to deny Shepherd, who curled a wicked effort towards the top corner. The hosts’ stopper pulled off an excellent save to deny the striker.
From the resulting corner, Graham saw a header cleared off the line and out for yet another flag kick. That delivery found Graham yet again; this time the young striker was unmarked and headed powerfully into the far corner to double her side’s advantage on 29 minutes.
That was how the sides went into the half, with Charlton two goals to the good – and they made a cracking start to the second period, grabbing a third just 20 seconds in. Shepherd ploughed forward after winning the ball back from Fulham’s kick off and crossed low for Whinnett to sweep home.
Fulham’s best chance of the match fell to Verity Snow on 54 minutes, but Charlton keeper Megen Lynch, an interested bystander for the majority, came out well to foil the Whites’ skipper.
Five minutes later, the away side extended their advantage through substitute Pittuck. Having seen her first shot curl off target, Charlton’s next move ended with Whinnett pulling back well and the defender-cum-striker stroking home from close range.
Fellow sub Howlett was unfortunate to see her effort well parried by home custodian Allen, but the ball fell kindly for Dixson to slam home her second of the match and Charlton’s fifth with 22 minutes remaining.
Six minutes later Allen’s afternoon came to an abrupt halt when she came out to save bravely at Shepherd’s feet. The striker’s momentum carried her into the keeper and left her with a nasty cut above her eye and needing to be replaced.
The rest of the game petered out somewhat afterwards, with Charlton holding on for a victory that takes them into the semi finals of a competition they have won for the past three seasons.
Charlton: Lynch; Southgate (Simmons 56), Flack, Paye, Coombs; Dixson, Baxter, Newman (Howlett 56), Whinnett; Graham (Pittuck 50), Shepherd. Sub (not used): Parsons.