Charlton 5-0 QPR
Report by Scott Blake
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The Charlton women’s team beat QPR 5-0 to continue their winning start to the season, which saw them take their goal tally to 17 in two games.
Sam Pittuck opened the scoring in what started a rout for the home team, Gemma Shepherd then scored her sixth goal of the season which saw Charlton go into the break with a two goal lead.
Kit Graham then hit two second-half goals to increase Charlton’s lead and take her tally to nine so far this season after just three games.
Graham also notched up an assist when she passed through to Amy Howlett who chipped the goalkeeper spectacularly.
Charlton started quickly when striker Pittuck pounced on a deflected ball and hit a half-volley that rattled the bar. Pittuck came close minutes later when a low cross from Howlett gave her an opportunity from close range but she struggled to reach the ball and just flicked it wide.
Pittuck continued to test the QPR defence and it finally paid off in the 14th minute when she scored to put Charlton ahead. Charley Clifford floated a ball over the defence, tempting QPR goalkeeper Sophie Cheedle out to collect but Pittuck used her pace to get to the ball and nudge it past the keeper which saw the ball trickle into the net.
Charlton put on an excellent passing display, shown particularly when Graham, Pittuck and Shepherd linked up on the edge of the box before Shepherd shot low sending the ball just wide of the post.
Pittuck played a part in Charlton’s second goal when she burst quickly down the wing before cutting in and drilling the ball in low, Cheedle couldn’t keep hold of the ball which allowed Shepherd to bundle the ball into the goal.
QPR nearly pulled one back in the 35th minute as goalkeeper Megen Lynch rushed out of her box but was beaten to the ball by Stacey Sowden. Good covering from Charlton’s defence meant Sowden hesitated, which allowed Katie Flack to produce an excellent last-ditch challenge.
Charlton replied well when Pittuck hit an excellent curling shot from the left corner of the box which Cheedle kept out superbly.
Both managers made changes at half time as QPR replaced goalkeeper Cheedle with Trippoli Witney. The Addicks changed their defensive setup by bringing Ruby Southgate off for Rosie Paye.
QPR started the second half well and forced an excellent save from Lynch in the 57th minute. Kasha Petit skilfully ran down the left side and sent in a well-weighted cross and a looping header meant Lynch had to produce an impressive diving save to keep the two-goal lead.
Both teams made substitutions around the 63rd minute, QPR’s Zemeka Clarke replaced ex-Addick Carrie-Anne Layton. The reds replaced Emma Harrison with Clare Rogers.
Rogers made an instant impact when she sprinted down the wing to force a corner. The set piece saw the ball cleared out to Rogers who hit a pile-driver towards the goal and deflections led to Charlton appealing for handball in the penalty area.
In the 72nd minute, Graham added to Charlton’s lead with a stunning goal, she brought the ball down well and beat two defenders before blasting the ball into the top corner from 25 yards out.
Charlton continued to pile on the pressure and sub goalkeeper Witney was forced to save well at her near post when Shepherd shot low after being put through by Graham.
Charlton made their last substitution in the 83rd minute by replacing Stef Simmons with Alice Singyard.
Pittuck set Amy Howlett up when she burst forward down the middle and produced a swerving pass to Howlett who hit a weighted lob from just inside the right-hand side of the box to make the lead four.
Graham doubled her tally to round off a great display for Charlton when she dummied past two defenders and slotted the ball into the far side of the net.
Charlton stay top of the league and will face Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.
Charlton: Lynch, Southgate (Paye 46), Simmons (Singyard 83), Coombs, Flack, Clifford, Harrison (Rogers 63), Howlett, Graham, Shepherd, Pittuck. Sub (not used): Houlihan.