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Gillingham 0 Charlton Athletic 2
Charlton Athletic made it two wins out of two in the Premier League Cup with a 2-0 away win at local rivals Gillingham.
After a tight first half of few chances, the National Division club eased to victory with goals from Cori Daniels and Emma Beckett. Gills had chances to get back into the game but Charlton dominated the latter stages and could have extended their lead late on.
Gillingham had a couple of early attacks through Bryony Smith on the right wing but generally defences dominated and neither keeper was seriously tested in the first half hour. Fliss Gibbons was the most lively attacker for the visitors and after shooting over from 12 yards, only a smart save by Toni Anne Wayne denied her on 36 minutes after being played in by a good pass from Stef Simmons.
The deadlock was broken on 52 minutes when a free kick wide on the left was met by Cori Daniels' run at the near post and she guided a header wide of Wayne. Gills had a good opportunity to level on 66 minutes when Natalie Crinean broke clear but her low shot from the edge of the area was well blocked by the advancing Megen Lynch.
Within a minute, Charlton had doubled their advantage through substitute Emma Beckett with a close range finish on 67 minutes. Crinean had a chance to reduce the deficit after a pass from Jay Blackie had sent her in on goal but Lynch again denied the Gills striker.
Charlton's lead was not threatened again and the post from a Sinead Boyer header and a good Wayne save from sub Charley Clifford denied the visitors a third goal which would have been harsh on Gillingham.
In this group of five teams, Gillingham have three further matches against Millwall, Brighton and Hove Albion and Queens Park Rangers to seek qualification for the knock out phase of the competition. With an opening 6-2 win over Brighton and this victory, Charlton are setting the pace in Group Four.
Gillingham: Toni-Anne Wayne, Amy Taylor, Danielle Carlton, Deanna Cooper, Sarah Jones, Katie Hardaker, Jay Blackie, Emma Tune, Bryony Smith, Natalie Crinean, Lauren Phillips. Subs: Laura East, Anelle Massey, Lauren Williams.
Charlton Athletic: Megen Lynch, Toni Alden, Sinead Boyer, Jordan Butler, Cori Daniels, Stef Simmons, Ellie Bailes, Kit Graham, Kim Dixson, Fliss Gibbons, Megan Chandler. Subs: Jenny Newman, Charley Clifford, Emma Beckett.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
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