Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 11:35PM BST, Wednesday, 16 May 2012
The Charlton women’s team completed a 5-0 friendly rout over Tottenham on a memorable Tuesday evening at The Valley.
Goals from Kit Graham, Ellie Stenning, Jenny Newman, Gemma Bryan and Jade Keogh helped the Addicks triumph in a game they dominated from start to finish.
After suffering a surprise 2-0 London Cup semi-final defeat to Spurs earlier on this season, the hosts started brightly and were quickly out of the blocks.
Stenning had the first chance of the evening when she was played in by Megan Chandler but her shot was saved by the Spurs goalkeeper Jo Ayre.
The lively and ever-impressive young midfielder Kit Graham then had a sighter from long range, one of many throughout the evening, before she broke the deadlock after nine minutes.
Graham stole possession from the visitors’ midfielder, cut inside onto her left foot and, with one intention in mind from the moment she won the ball, found the far corner from 20 yards.
Chandler went close from range just after and then, from a Spurs corner kick, Bryan launched a good counter attack, running clear of her marker down the right touchline.
The striker’s excellent through ball found skipper Kim Dixson running onto it but she could only blast the ball narrowly over the crossbar.
With 14 minutes on the clock Charlton doubled their advantage when Stenning lashed the ball home from the left side of the penalty area, giving the opposing keeper no chance.
Fliss Gibbons then got forward from her left back position and, after good work by some of her team mates, shot across goal but the stretching Bryan just couldn’t divert it into the goal.
Bryan then, again, played Dixson, who looked determined to get on the score-sheet, in on goal but the midfielder’s curling effort flew inches the wrong side of the post.
The score was 3-0 on 24 minutes when a Charley Clifford free kick was headed across the penalty box and the ball fell to Newman whose shot nestled into the far corner.
Tottenham then had a good spell just before half time and almost got lucky when their left back’s cross nearly flew in but it landed safely on the roof of the net.
The second half was a quieter affair, with a trio of substitutions made by Charlton at the interval. The first real chance of the half came when one of those replacements, Ellie Bailes, struck the post from the edge of the area.
Graham’s mesmerising footwork then carved out another chance for Bryan but this time her effort was well saved by the opposing keeper.
She was rewarded for her hard work on 62 minutes when she looked to have overrun the ball but won it back and lashed home from an acute angle with a shot that surprised the keeper.
And the game was finally put to bed when Bryan took advantage of a slip by a Spurs defender and unselfishly squared to the unmarked Jade Keogh, who made no mistake with the finish.
Charlton: Lynch, Clifford, Gibbons, Daniels, Yennaris, Chandler (Bailes 45), Dixson, Graham (Keogh 62), Newman (Manktelow 45), Stenning (Alden 45), Bryan.
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