Super Quinn strike not enough to earn victory
Pompey Ladies’ title hopes received a blow as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Charlton.
They opened the scoring after just five minutes when Lucy Quinn (pictured) was fed by Gemma Hillier and found the net with a spectacular strike from the edge of the box.
But the goalscorer then suffered an ankle injury and had to be replaced, giving Blues fans the first chance to see new signing Cherelle Khassal in action.
The visitors thought they had doubled their advantage after the interval, only for Charley Wilson’s effort to be flagged offside.
Charlton were on top for most of the second half, however, and made their pressure count late on when Kylie Manktelow headed home from a free-kick.
Joint Blues boss Perry Northeast said: “The players were a bit dejected at the end. Our passing wasn’t quite there and we gave the ball away too cheaply.
“But a 1-1 draw against a side who have won five successive league games is a positive – and it’s good to know we can get a result like that on a bad day.
“We dominated the early stages and Lucy scored a fabulous goal, but Charlton came back strongly after that.
“Sadie Blakely made some fantastic saves and was really on form before they eventually got their equaliser.”
Pompey: Blakely, Bazan, McMillan, Murphy, Taylor (Frampton 76), Kempson, Simmonds, Clark (Bloomfield 65), Quinn (Khassal 30), Hillier (c), Wilson