McGee and Quinn on target as Pompey dominate
Kirsty McGee and Lucy Quinn were on target as Pompey Ladies returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Cardiff at Westleigh Park.
The hosts made a bright start, with Gemma Hillier and Quinn both going close in the early stages.
But it was McGee who broke the deadlock on 26 minutes, slamming home from close range after Charley Wilson had headed down Jess Frampton’s cross.
Sadie Blakely then ensured Pompey maintained their advantage by making a fine save at the other end.
It was the Blues who were dominating, though, and Cardiff’s keeper made a super stop of her own to deny Quinn just before the break.
Quinn was thwarted again early in the second half, but finally got her goal on 75 minutes.
Hillier was crudely felled on the edge of the visitors’ box and Quinn’s low free-kick flew into the bottom corner.
Joint manager Katie Poore said: “It was a great result – and a thoroughly deserved one as well.
“It was the best we’ve played so far this season, with fantastic performances all over the pitch.
“We worked incredibly hard and the girls won all their individual battles, so I’m delighted.
“The clean sheet was also a nice bonus. Cardiff didn’t have too many chances, but Sadie still made a couple of really good saves.”
Pompey: Blakely; Bazan, Murphy, Schumann-Edwards, Simmonds; Quinn, McGee, Rutherford, Frampton (Crabb); Hillier (c) (Hunt), Wilson
Subs not used: Lee, Kempson, Taylor
Photos: Jordan Hampton