Charlton 5-0 QPR (Capital Cup Semi-final)
Report by Sue Prior
Page last updated at 7:40PM GMT, Sunday, 21 February 2016
A hat-trick from Kit Graham and a brace from Gemma Shepherd saw the Addicks through to the Capital Women`s Senior Cup Final at Thamesmead on Sunday
Manager Jeremy Parsons shuffled his line-up again restoring Rosie Paye, Nikita Whinett and Ellie Baxter to the starting eleven with Jenny Newman, Charley Clifford and Sam Pittuck dropping to the bench.
Charlton carved out an early chance when a great ball from full-back Ruby Southgate picked out Kit Graham who fired wide of the target.
The Addicks didn`t have to wait long to open the scoring when after 12 minutes a measured through ball from defender Katie Flack found Graham who calmly slotted home from 12 yards.
Five minutes later Graham netted her second when a great flick from fellow striker Gemma Shepherd set her up and although Rangers keeper Sophie Cheadle got a hand to the ball she was beaten by the power of the strike.
Rangers hit back and striker Emma Whitter broke through but wasted a golden opportunity and after a good challenge defender Rosie Paye cleared the danger.
Addicks keeper Megen Lynch then made a superb fingertip save pushing Danielle Puddefoots powerful strike from a corner over the bar.
Charlton extended their lead after 51 minutes when Stef Simmons shot from the edge of the area was touched home by Shepherd.
Just after the hour Shepherd won possession from a Rangers defender before playing a neat one-two with Graham and firing home the Addicks fourth and her second.
With 15 minutes remaining Graham completed her hat-trick curling a superb 35 yard strike into the bottom corner.
Charlton came close twice more in the closing stages as an Amy Howlett effort grazed the crossbar and skipper Kim Dixson headed a Southgate cross wide.
Charlton will face Tottenham, who beat Camden 2-1, in the final at a venue & date to be confirmed.
Charlton: Lynch, Flack (Howlett 70mins), Simmons, Dixson, Paye, Coombs, Shepherd, Whinnett (Newman 64mins), Baxter (Clifford 57mins), Graham, Southgate.
Sub not used: Pittuck