Charlton 6-0 QPR
Report by Sue Prior
Page last updated at 1:50AM GMT, Sunday, 26 February 2017
Kit Graham bagged a hat-trick & Gemma Shepherd a brace as the Women`s team hit QPR for six to go top of the FA Women`s Premier League at Uxbridge FC on Sunday
Coach Riteesh Mishra made one change to the team that beat Actonians last week restoring Katie Bottom in midfield with Charlotte Lee dropping to the bench.
The Addicks got the best possible start when after 3 minutes an Avilla Bergin corner was diverted past her own keeper by Rangers skipper Ellie Maggs.
A speculatuve cross from skipper Kim Dixson difted inches over the upright minutes later before a powerful drive from Kit Graham was blocked by the home defence.
Charlton dominated possession but were frustrated by Rangers off-side trap and some questionable off-side decisions as they looked to increase their lead.
On 37 minutes they finally got the breakthrough as Graham helped on a long ball from centre-back Grace Coombs and Gemma Shepherd applied the finishing touch for her first league goal since September.
A thunderous 20 yard effort from Graham then brought a superb one handed save from Rangers keeper Sophie Cheadle.
With 43 minutes on the clock Cheadle was powerless to stop Graham`s low powerful drive into the far corner after Shepherd`s measured pass.
It took the Addicks just 4 minutes of the second half to add goal number four as Graham met Bergin`s cross at the near post to fire home
Cheadle was having a fine game between the sticks for Rangers making excellent saves from both Bergin and Dixson as Charlton continued to press forward.
Bergin had a goal ruled out for off-side before Rangers were awarded a soft penalty after one of their players ran into two Addicks defenders. Charlton keeper Alex Baker stood up to the penalty kick which was fired straight at her to save and protect her clean sheet.
With 71 minutes gone a measured through ball from substitute Lee picked out Shepherd who stroked home her second of the game.
Graham completed her hat-trick after 85 minutes as she fired home the Addicks sixth after good work from Bergin.
The win takes Charlton to the summit of the FA Womens Premier League Southern Division. Whilst they have played two games more than their rivals there are a number of key top of the table matches coming up, so all to play for.
Next week Charlton play Northern Division leaders Blackburn Rovers in the FA Women`s Premier League Cup semi-final at Sporting Club Thamesmead, SE28 8NJ - ko 2pm
Charlton: Baker, Flack, Coombs, Sullivan, Southgate (Simmons 73mins), Bottom (Lee 61mins), Dixson, Clifford, Bergin, Shepherd (Nash 83mins), Graham
Subs not used: Monaghan, Dunne