Blues put four past Kaynsham
Pompey Ladies cruised into the third round of the FA Women’s Cup with a 4-0 victory at Keynsham.
The tie was an originally a home fixture for the Blues, but was switched to the Somerset side’s artificial surface following two postponements.
They will now host fellow Premier League Southern Division outfit Lewes in the fourth round on Sunday, February 9.
Pompey broke the deadlock after just nine minutes, as Gemma Simmonds followed up to score after Charley Wilson’s shot had been parried clear.
Wilson (pictured) also played a huge part in the second goal moments later, with her effort coming back off the post and Gemma Hillier reacting quickest to tuck away the loose ball.
The visitors increased their advantage before the interval when Sarah Kempson completed a quick counter-attack by lifting the ball over the Keynsham keeper from distance.
And Simmonds then completed the scoring 10 minutes before the end following good work from Hillier.
Joint Blues boss Katie Poore said: “The result was well deserved – it was a fantastic performance. I thought it might take us a while to get going after so long without a game, but we impressed from the start.
“We’ve lost a few players recently, but the girls really stepped up to the plate and worked extremely hard. We scored some good goals and probably should have had a few more.
“Charley was absolutely amazing and was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet herself. But there were plenty of other encouraging performances all over the pitch and hopefully we can go far in the competition.”
Pompey: Blakely, Frampton (Bazan 59), Murphy, McMillan, Taylor, Quinn (Greene 84), Bloomfield (Hunt 75), Kempson, Simmonds, Hillier (c), Wilson
Subs not used: Cox, Goodall
Pompey’s under-11s side lost 2-1 to Petersfield in their first ever league game, with Lily Moore on target for the Blues.