Charlton Athletic Football Club Women
Charlton 0-5 Arsenal (Continental Cup Group Stage)
Charlton 0-5 Arsenal (Continental Cup Group Stage)
Report by Chloe Pizzey
Page last updated at 11:25AM GMT, Thursday, 06 December 2018
The Charlton Athletic Women’s team can be proud of their efforts despite a 5-0 defeat to high flyers Arsenal in the Continental Cup.

The Charlton Athletic Women’s team can be proud of their efforts despite a 5-0 defeat to high flyers Arsenal in the Continental Cup.

 

Two goals from Vivianne Miedema and Katie McCabe alongside a Charlton own goal saw the Gunners take all three points in the Continental Cup group stage fixture.

 

It was Charlton who had the better opening start, immediately from kick-off Lily Agg and Gemma Bryan pressured Arsenal goalkeeper Van Veenendaal into a mistake, but the defence swiftly got rid of the danger.

 

Four minutes in Bryan again found herself in the middle of the action, the forward found herself in space at the edge of the box and went for goal, but her effort was straight at Van Veenendaal.

 

Arsenal got their first goal in the sixth minute, Charlton made a defensive error which they were made to pay for, Miedema pinched the ball from Grace Coombs and slotted the ball into the bottom corner to make it 1-0.

 

The Addicks did well to hold off Arsenal attacks for most of the first half, Amelia Ritchie did well to get back and block a dangerous cross.

 

But Arsenal’s attacking persistence paid off on the half-hour mark, Miedema cut the ball back to McCabe who was in space in the box and the Arsenal forward slammed the ball into the back of the net.

 

Charlton started the second half like they started the first, the Addicks immediately won a free-kick at the edge of the box after Agg was fouled. The forward’s free-kick effort was comfortably saved by Van Veenendaal.

 

In the 52nd minute Amber Stobbs broke away down the right wing, she then sent in a cross towards the path of Agg but again Van Veenendaal was there to collect the ball.

 

Charlotte Kerr made an outstanding block in the 57th minute, the defender sprinted back and made a goal-saving challenge to deny Arsenal getting a third.

 

From the resulting corner, though, Arsenal got their third of the game. The ball was whipped in towards the six-yard box and bounced off a Charlton player and into the back of the net.

 

Three minutes later Charlotte Gurr made the tackle of the game, Van De Donk was one on one with Katie Startup, but Gurr somehow managed to sprint back and make a perfect challenge to prevent the prolific Arsenal striker from getting a goal.

 

Startup made a terrific save in the 73rd minute, Beth Mead’s effort looked destined for the top corner but Startup was there to tip the ball away for a corner.

The 19-year-old then made a truly outstanding save, the corner was whipped in and fell to Miedema who slammed the ball at goal, but Startup’s strong hands parried the ball away.

 

From the resulting corner, though, Charlton conceded their fourth of the game. The pin-point cross found Miedema’s head who made no mistake in getting her second of the game.

 

With ten minutes left Arsenal rounded up the evening with their fifth, McCabe’s strike from the edge of the box flew into the top corner to give the WSL 1 side all three points in the cup fixture.

 

The Addicks next face Lewes in the FA Women’s Championship as Charlton look to continue their fantastic league campaign.

 

Lineup: Startup, Kerr, Ritchie, Coombs, Clifford (Bennett, 71), Bryan, Gurr, Stobbs (Ejupi, 71), Agg, Maple (Griffin, 80), Bowers.

 

Subs not used: Brunton-Wilde 

 

Yellow cards: Clifford, Bowers

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