Charlton 5-1 Cardiff City
Report by Chloe Pizzey
Page last updated at 8:57PM GMT, Sunday, 11 March 2018
The Charlton women’s team moved back to the top of the FA Women’s Premier League (FAWPL) South after an emphatic 5-1 victory against Cardiff City on Sunday afternoon.
A Charlotte Gurr hat-trick and Kit Graham double secured the win for the Addicks as they snatched top spot away from close rivals Crystal Palace.
The duo linked up superbly throughout the game with a quick one-two in the first minute leading to a Charlton chance which was saved well by Cardiff keeper Estelle Randall.
Cardiff responded with a through ball into Ella Powell, however Katie Startup was quick off her line and bravely won the ball back for Charlton.
Graham had a lively start to the game and on the 15th minute won the ball on the halfway line and orchestrated a Charlton counter attack which saw Randall pull off another decent save.
Graham’s persistence paid off on the 16th minute when a fantastic through ball from Gurr allowed her strike partner to fire home into the far corner to give the Addicks the lead.
Charlton doubled that advantage just four minutes later when the roles were reversed, Graham played a neat ball into the path of Gurr who clinically slotted the ball past Randall.
Cardiff came out of their shell and were denied a fantastic chance by a heroic last-ditch tackle by Grace Coombs. Minutes later Startup was called into action again as she made a superb low save to her right to keep the score at 2-0.
Two minutes later Cardiff were awarded a penalty as Cori Williams was brought down in the area. Williams picked herself up and converted the penalty.
Charlton were not fazed by the visitors’ goal and straight from the kick off earned themselves a free-kick 25 yards from goal. Gurr stepped up and hit an unstoppable strike which flew into the top right hand corner to restore Charlton’s two goal lead.
Charlton continued to dominate possession for the rest of the first half, and with four minutes left to go Gurr found Graham in the box again who used her strength to shrug off the Cardiff defenders well and convert her shot to make it 4-1 at half time.
The Addicks started the second half lively as Graham and Gurr continued to link up well. Charlton had a penalty shout on the 53rd minute waved away by the officials.
Startup made another good stop on the 55th minute as she saved a fiercely hit strike.
Charlton quickly responded as Graham skilfully turned against two Cardiff defenders and unselfishly crossed the ball into Gurr who slotted home to complete her hat-trick.
The remainder of the half saw Charlton dominate possession and play neat passing moves.
Charlton are now top of the FAWPL above Crystal Palace and CK Basildon whose game was postponed. The Addicks still have two games in hand over their South East London counterparts.
Attention now turns to the FA Cup Quarter Final clash against Arsenal next weekend.
Charlton: Startup, Brunton-Wilde, Dixson, Lukasewich, Coombs, Clifford (Griffin 66), Gurr, Churchill, Pittuck, Pepper (Nash 80), Graham (Lee 80). Subs not used: Monaghan.