Charmaine True scored three and made another goal as Fulham Women finished their season in style – with a 6-2 win over Sutton United in the Motspur Park sunshine.
Steve Jaye’s side seized control of a very watchable contest by dominating possession from the outset and the quality of their incisive passing penned their visitors back in their own half. True gave Sutton a warning of her threat by driving wide from distance after a lovely pickout from Anisha Hill. The U’s failed to take account of the forward’s threat as the former Portsmouth striker had another go from long range. Emma Marlow failed to hold the shot and Summer Roberts was quickest to the rebound, following up bravely to give Fulham the lead.
True then drove wastefully over inside the six-yard box from a fabulous Tia Foreman free-kick but she made amends from thirty yards, by lashing high past Marlow after she made space for himself with clever footwork in a central position. The striker got her second of the afternoon after she raced in to the area and picked out the bottom corner after full back Tessa Allen had bravely blocked an attempted Sutton clearance.
Fulham’s flawless first half performance was undermined in the final minute before the break when an inswinging corner from Caitlin Savage was turned into her own goal by the otherwise excellent Libby Stratton. But the Whites were relentless at the start of the second period, adding two more goals in the first fifteen minutes. Lois Konan drove in a fourth from twenty yards out before True completed her hat-trick by finishing a lovely move after wonderful work from Hill and Foreman.
United scored a second from another set-play when Lindsay Virgillo punished some sloppy Fulham defending with thirteen minutes remaining. Teenage forward Ede Buchele rounded off the scoring with a bullet header from fellow substitute Alex Hayman ten minutes from time before skipper Mary Southgate went close twice in quick succession at the death. The centre half’s well struck shot from distance was well gathered by Sutton substitute goalkeeper Zoë McNulty before Southgate headed into the side netting from a set piece in stoppage time.
FULHAM WOMEN (3-5-2): Stratton; Bird, Southgate, Stormer; Allen, Foreman, Hill, Konan, Lambird; True, Roberts. Subs: Kelly, Mendes, Hayman, Buchele, Murtagh.
GOALS: Roberts (13), True (23, 38, 61), Konan (52), Buchele (80).
The women were on ‘ the front foot’ from the beginning, passing the ball with speed and accuracy. All the team deserve credit for playing the ‘Fulham way’ with Charmaine taking the headlines with 3 goals.
Bring on next season.