Charlton 6-1 QPR Reserves
Report by Luke Brown
Page last updated at 10:27PM BST, Monday, 29 September 2014
The Reserves hosted Queens Park Rangers Reserves in a league clash where Charlton looked to continue their unbeaten run to the start of the season with wins against West Ham, Chichester, and Tottenham Hotspur.
From the first whistle both teams searched early on for first the blow. In the 11th minute nice work from Sharna Giordani on the right hand side found Kelly Stubbington who forced the QPR keeper to a good reaction save from eight yards out for it only to fall to Fran Tye who also saw her effort saved by the QPR custodian.
Charlton’s attacking presence had to put on hold as the battling QPR worked the ball towards the Charlton goal, where the QPR striker fired the ball from the edge of the box which evaded Alex Baker and struck the crossbar and bounced on the goal line only for Leigh Houlihan to pull off a wonderful clearance off the line to keep the score at deadlock.
Charlton’s main success in the first half was on the ride hand side, Sharna Giordani crossing the ball to Fran whose attempt was comfortably saved by the keeper.
Still looking for an opener, Charlton pushed on and when the ball arrived at Kelly Stubbington’s feet just inside the box after good possession play from Charlton, controversy was in the air as the QPR full back came crashing into the back of Kelly Stubbington and the referee waved play on despite the protests from the players and the Charlton faithful and even Clare Rogers pugs weren`t happy with the decision and made their thoughts known by running on the pitch.
Charlton regained their composure and in the 28th minute, Kelly Stubbington pulls out wide with the ball and crosses the ball to Kylie who takes it past the oncoming keeper and places it into the goal.
Following the first goal, the pace of the game died down and neither team really created any goal scoring opportunities. That was until a misplaced pass from the QPR defender towards their goalkeeper was intercepted and with superb composure Kelly Stubbington made it 2-0 to Charlton with her first of the game in the 40th minute.
Charlton continued to press with the ball and in the 44th minute a cleared corner from the QPR defence led to a counter attack for QPR who attacked with numbers, the QPR winger had many options but decided to go alone and make the most of the space left from the Charlton players from the corner and calmly slotted the ball past the on-rushing Alex Baker to make it 2-1.
There was more to come in this eventful last 5 minutes of the first half. A through ball from Clare Rogers, split the QPR defence for Kelly Stubbington to run on to and restore our 2 goal lead with a calm and collected finish to make it 3-1 at the end of the first half.
At the start of the second half Charlton continued the way they finished off in the first half by scoring again. Kylie Manktelow was played through and skilfully took the ball past the QPR defender before burying the ball in the back of the net to get her 2nd of the match before being substituted for Katie Hardaker. The score now being 4-1.
After the 4th goal, Charlton started to step through the gears and became a lot more composed and dominant on the ball as QPR started to tire.
In the 54th Kelly Stubbington scored her first hat trick of the season with a sensational strike just inside the box past the QPR goalkeeper who had no chance.
At 5-1 in the 59th minute, although tired QPR still looked to get past the resilient back four of Charlton Athletic. With the best opportunity falling to the QPR striker who dropped deep and fired high and wide.
However, in the 62nd minute Kelly Stubbington was brought down in the box and there was no controversy this time as the referee pointed straight to the spot. Kelly dusted herself down and stepped up and placed the ball past the stranded goalkeeper to get her 4th and Charlton’s sixth.
With the introductions of new faces Charlton continued to dominate the second half and looked to increase their lead. The ever threatening Katie Hardaker hit the cross bar and the rebound fell to Hope Nash whose unlucky effort flew just over the bar.
Hardaker continued to threaten and forced the QPR goalkeeper into another fine save. In the 79th minute superb work from Clare Rogers let sting a fantastic effort only for the QPR goalkeeper to pull off an equally impressive save, managing to tip the ball over the bar.
Six goals wasn’t enough for Charlton and they continued to push forward in search for more goals. With great attempts again from Katie Hardaker, Dominic Harris, and Kelly Stubbington.
In the 85th minute came the move of the match, world class control from Clare Rogers lead to a pass to Kelly Stubbington , only the alertness of the QPR goalkeeper stopped Charlton adding to their impressive goal tally.
The game finished 6-1 at the final whistle, a dominant and ruthless display from Charlton in the second half, keeps us undefeated heading into a tough clash with Brighton next weekend.
Charlton: Baker, Richards, Singyard, Houlihan, Jenkings, Kylie Manktelow (Hardaker 49mins), Rogers, Monaghan (Harris 62mins), Tye, Giordani (Nash 55 mins), Stubbington