Chelsea are into the fifth round of this season’s Women’s FA Cup after defeating second tier side Charlton Athletic in their fourth round tie at The Oakwood in Crayford this afternoon.
Drew Spence netted a brace, as did youngster Emily Murphy who was making her first senior start for The Blues.
Chelsea were the dominant side early on but Emma Hayes’ side struggled to trouble home keeper Katie Startup.
The South West Londoners were to go into the break with the lead, breaking the deadlock on the stroke of half-time. Spence expertly took the ball under her control before coolly slotting home from close range.
The second period was all about Chelsea. First, Murphy connected with a Magda Eriksson pass before seeing a shot blocked by Charlton Athletic keeper Startup. The ball rebounded to The Blues youngster and she slotted home at the second attempt.
Chelsea were then awarded a penalty kick when Charlotte Fleming was fouled in the area and Spence tucked away her second goal of the game and her side’s third.
Murphy wrapped up a 4-0 victory six minutes from time when she rifled the ball home following a cut-back from teammate Deanna Cooper.
Chelsea will learn of their fifth round opponents once the draw is made on Monday evening.