Charlton 8-1 Shanklin - FAWPL Cup Determining Round
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 10:11PM BST, Sunday, 04 September 2016
The Charlton women’s team eased into the first round proper of the FA Women’s Premier League Cup, brushing aside Shanklin LFC 8-1 at Sporting Club Thamesmead on Sunday.
Gemma Shepherd continued her fine goalscoring form, bagging four goals, while Avilla Bergin netted her first two in red and white and there was one goal apiece for Kit Graham and Jenny Newman.
Manager Jeremy Parsons made two changes from the side that started the first two league matches of the season, with Rosey Sullivan and Ellie Baxter replacing Sam Pittuck and Charley Clifford.
And the Addicks were straight onto the front foot, pressuring for the opening goal of the game. However, unlike in the last two weekend, it was a relatively long time coming.
That wasn’t for the want of trying, though, with Shepherd having three real chances to open the scoring. Bergin also went close, shooting over from close range and Newman put in some dangerous ball across the face of the goal that narrowly eluded everyone.
The deadlock was finally broken on 21 minutes and opened some mini floodgates, with the next three coming within the next 20 minutes.
Coombs played a long ball out of defence for Shepherd to latch onto and the striker slotted past Shanklin goalkeeper Gemma Woodford before Graham rounded Woodford three minutes later to double the hosts’ advantage.
The next came on 32 minutes when Bergin received the ball on the left wing, cut into the penalty area and slid the ball past Woodford; and Shepherd made it four on 40 minutes with Graham the provider.
The home side didn’t have to wait long after the interval to extend their advantage and it was a milestone moment for Shepherd, who had also bagged a treble the weekend before against C&K Basildon.
The striker clinically slotted the ball past Woodford for her hat trick and a goal that took her to her century, playing in just her 91st match for Charlton.
Bergin then struck the post and Graham headed just over before Shanklin got something for their long journey up from the Isle of Wight when the Charlton defence failed to clear a free kick and Dani Morris bundled the ball home from three yards out.
It wasn’t to be the start of a great comeback for the visitors and Charlton hit back four minutes later when Bergin unselfishly squared for Shepherd’s fourth and three minutes after that Irish winger Bergin had her second with a one-on-one finish.
Despite the scoreline, Woodford had played well in between the sticks for Shanklin, playing for a lot of the match as a sweeper keeper and tidying up when the defence looked breached; and making some vital saves to boot.
She did well to deny Bergin a hat trick before almost making the game even more memorable for herself by launching an almighty free kick from the halfway line goalwards. Alex Baker, her opposite number, had to be alert and palm the strike over the bar to prevent Shanklin adding to their tally.
With just a minute remaining Newman, who had also impressed on the opposite flank to Bergin, deservedly got herself on the scoresheet, rounding the keeper and slotting home.
The draw for the next round takes place on Monday at lunchtime and Charlton are next in action on Wednesday 14 September when they face local rivals Crystal Palace at Bromley FC.
Charlton: Baker; Paye, Flack (Nash 56), Coombs (Southgate 59), Sullivan; Dixson, Baxter (Clifford 48), Bergin, Newman; Graham, Shepherd.