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Last Updated: Monday, 5 May, 2003, 13:57 GMT 14:57 UK
Fulham Ladies bag Cup
Charlton's Carmaine Walker and Fulham's Katrine Peterson show commitment
Charlton's Carmaine Walker and Fulham's Katrine Peterson show commitment

Fulham 3-0 Charlton

Fulham lifted the FA Cup to allow manager Gaute Haugenes to bow out with a domestic treble.

Haugenes will return to men's club football in Norway after the all-conquering Fulham were comfortable winners over Charlton at Selhurst Park.

Charlton contributed to their own downfall with two own goals as they played second fiddle to a Fulham side who will lose their full-time professional status next season.

Charlton almost embarrassed Fulham 40 seconds into the game when Amanda Barr fired a presentable chance into the side netting.

But Fulham's full-time professionals gradually imposed their authority and took the lead on 17minutes, as Charlton were guilty of switching off.

Fulham's Margunn Haugenes and Charlton's Alexa Hunn

Margunn Haugenes' corner found Rachel Unitt at the far post. Her attempted shot from four yards flashed across the face of goal.

But with Charlton defenders assuming the ball was drifting out, Haugenes retrieved the ball and crossed for Kristy Moore to volley in at the far post.

Fulham's pace throughout the team was proving a problem for Charlton and they were caught flat-footed as Rachel Yankey sped away to cross for Moore who was unable to convert.

Another calamitous piece of Charlton defending gifted Fulham a second on 37 minutes.

Unitt punted what was little more than a hopeful pass forward but as four players converged on the ball Karen Hills' faint touch took it past Pauline Cope who was flattened in a collision with Moore.

ALL CONQUERING FULHAM
17 mins: Kristy Moore fires Fulham ahead.
37 mins: Hills' own goal doubles Fulham's lead.
60 mins: Farah Williams og seals Fulham's victory.

Both Moore and Cope needed lengthy treatment, but insult was added to Cope's injury when she was booked for protesting.

As Charlton reeled Unitt produced a superb cross for Rachel McArthur to bullet a header against the crossbar.

Barr showed good strength to hold off two defenders and draw a fine save from Johanness as Charlton sought a route back after the break.

Charlton's Farah Williams made her return afer a long injury lay-off but within two minutes increased Fulham's lead when she headed Unitt's corner into her own net with her first touch of the ball.


Charlton Athletic: Cope, Casey Stoney, Eartha Pond, Hills, Loizou, Rea, Broadhurst, Hunn, Lorton, Walker, Barr. Subs: Fara Williams, Smith, Kierans, Whitter, Susannah Abbott.
Booked: Cope.

Fulham Ladies: Johannsen, Pedersen, McArthur, Phillip, Unitt, Haugenes, Duncan, Yankey, Moore, Nwajei, Jerray-Silver. Subs: Gibbons, Smith, Spacey, Wright, Therkelsen.

Attendance: 10,389

Referee: G Cain (Merseyside).




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SEE ALSO
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02 May 03  |  Football
Coping with the pressure
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