Charlton 5-1 QPR Reserves
Report by Sue Prior
Page last updated at 10:02PM BST, Sunday, 25 March 2012
The Reserves clinched a place in the Subsidiary Cup semi-final with an emphatic win over Rangers Reserves
The game started well for Charlton with an opening goal on 3 minutes from a well worked corner with Liz Ejupi finishing with a header pass the QPR goalkeeper.
The game then levelled out with both teams creating a couple of half chances.
After half an hour Meghan Mckeag launched a free kick that just missed the QPR upright but in the 39th minute McKeag sent another long range free kick which found the top corner of the Rangers net.
After the interval QPR came out all guns blazing but Charlton dealt with the pressure well.
QPR pulled a good goal back to put the pressure back onto the Addicks but in the 62nd minute Kallie Balfour extended Charlton lead to 3-1.
Charlton then made a couple of substitutions and allowing a return to action after injury for Ellie Stenning. The changes proved fruitful for the Addicks as Ellie Stenning scored withiin two minutes of entering the field of play. Stenning quickly added her second giving Charlton a comfortable 5-1 lead.
With 15 minutes left on the watch Charlton made their final substitution giving a debut to 16 year old Charlotte Long.
Charlton continued to press forward and created a few more chances but the QPR keeper made some good saves.
The reserve team manager Bill Long said after the game “It was a tough game for us but we battled, dug in and played good football in the 2nd half and deserved the win. It was pleasing to see some of the girls returning from injury and playing well. I think Lou Duffy did really well to last an hour and put a good shift in for the team and also the return of Ellie Stenning is good for the club. Also to be able to give debuts to young players like Charlotte Long proves that the Charlton youth structure is working well and that can only benefit the club for years to come”.
Charlton Reserves: Baker, Sheppard, Sellar, Yennaris, Patel, Ejupi, McKeag (Stenning 66), Duffy (Manktelow 60), Balfour, Rowland (Long)