Report: Charlton Athletic 3-0 Blues Women
Blues Women lost to Charlton Athletic in the Barclays Women's Championship on Sunday afternoon.
Ella Rutherford and Angela Addison set the Addicks on their way before a second-half own goal from Lucy Thomas rounded off a disappointing afternoon for Blues.
Charlie Devlin and Libby Smith had the visitors' best opportunities, but failed to find the back of the net with their two efforts.
Darren Carter made two changes to the side that beat Sunderland prior to the international break. Mollie Green and Charlie Estcourt came in for Martha Harris and Tara Bourne. Gemma Lawley made her return to the bench after missing the opening two games through injury.
Blues almost got off to the best start. A ball was rolled through to Charlie Devlin, who took a touch before firing towards goal, but Sian Rogers got down well to deny her.
Moments later, it was the hosts that took the lead. Emma Follis rolled the ball back to Rutherford, who placed a left-footed effort into the bottom corner.
Libby Smith worked an opening on the right, but her shot from an angle was comfortably saved by the ‘keeper.
Mollie Green then received the ball around 25-yards-out and struck towards goal, but Rogers was again equal to it and parried it away.
Charlton doubled their advantage in the closing stages of the first-half. Emily Simpkins’ corner wasn’t dealt with and Addison reacted quickest to prod in.
HALF-TIME: Charlton Athletic 2-0 Blues Women
The hosts started the second period in a similar fashion. Rutherford struck an effort towards goal from range and saw it bounce back off the post, only for it to hit Lucy Thomas and add a third for the Addicks.
Siobhan Wilson attempted to pull a goal back for Blues, but her effort drifted over the the hosts’ goal.
A positive note for Blues was the league debut of young striker Delphi Cole, who came on for the final 15 minutes after progressing through the RTC and Academy and impressing with the First Team of the last six months.
It was Charlton’s third goal after the break that put the game out of reach for Darren Carter’s side in a frustrating afternoon for Blues in South East London.
Blues have four points from their first three games in the Barclays Women’s Championship.
Charlton Athletic (3-4-3): Sian Rogers, Hannah Godfrey (Mia Ross 36), Elisha N’Dow, Kiera Skeels, Beth Roe, Emily Simpkins (captain) (Tegan McGowan 85), Ella Rutherford, Sophie O’Rourke, Emma Follis (Heidi Logan 17), Melissa Johnson (Freda Ayisi 85), Angela Addison
Substitutes not used: Poppy Soper, Mary Bashford, Corinne Henson.
Blues (3-5-2): Lucy Thomas, Mollie Green (Gemma Lawley 75), Louise Quinn (captain), Harriet Scott, Jamie Finn, Christie Murray, Charlie Estcourt, Charlie Devlin (Delphi Cole 75), Siobhan Wilson (Louanne Worsey 90+2), Jade Pennock, Libby Smith (Eleanor Ryan-Doyle 68).
Substitutes not used: Lucy Jones, Lily Simkin, Abbi Jenner, Abi Cowie.
Referee: Aimee Keir