Gemma pleased to sign off season in style
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 3:36PM UTC, Wednesday, 20 May 2015
Gemma Shepherd was pleased the Charlton women's team ended their season on a positive note when they thrashed Plymouth Argyle 11-1 at Sporting Club Thamesmead on Sunday.
"It was a brilliant send off and I think it was a good way to encapsulate how good the seasonís been as a whole."
With a number of first teamers missing, including skipper Kim Dixson, Shepherd took the captain's armband and led by example, netting six of the Addicks' 11 goals on the day.
Charlton suffered their first home defeat of the season the previous weekend, losing 4-1 to Cardiff City after what had been a long three-game week.
In the seven days leading up to the Cardiff match, Charlton lifted two trophies, the FA Women's Premier League Cup and the Capital Cup, with the former coming through a penalty shootout after a gruelling 120 minute clash against holders Sheffield FC.
But, after a successful season that has also seen them win the Ryman Cup, Shepherd revealed her side were intent on going out with a bang against Plymouth.
"Everyone was really chuffed," she said, "and after [the Cardiff game] we knew we owed ourselves, the staff and the fans – everyone involved – a performance and I think we did that.
"Last weekend was just that game too far but everyone regrouped and we knew what we had to do on Sunday.
"It was a brilliant send off and I think it was a good way to encapsulate how good the season’s been as a whole."
Shepherd was one of five Charlton players on the scoresheet against Argyle, with leading goalscorer Kit Graham scoring twice and Sam Pittuck and Charley Clifford adding one each.
Meanwhile, 17-year-old striker Charlie Spice also grabbed her first goal for the first team, with Daisy Monaghan, also 17, impressing in midfield as a second-half substitute.
Those performances lead Shepherd to praise the youngsters that stepped up and made their mark with Dixson, Megen Lynch, Grace Coombs, Nikita Whinnett and Katie Hardaker all unavailable.
She added: "It’s a lovely thing to do to blood some of the youngsters; I was pleased for Charlie Spice getting her goal and I think Daisy [Monaghan]’s a real find for the future."