Hampshire Cup progress for Blues
Pompey Ladies eased into the semi-finals of the Hampshire Cup with a 6-0 home rout of Shanklin.
The Blues will now host Poole Town in the last four of the competition, while a derby against Southampton Saints could lie ahead in the final.
Sarah Kempson opened the scoring against Shanklin after collecting a ball into the box and finishing neatly with her right foot.
Ini Umotong then continued her prolific form with an audacious bicycle kick that caught the head of team-mate Gemma Hillier on its way into the net.
Pompey kept applying pressure after the interval and increased their advantage when Molly Clark took a fine first touch before firing home from the edge of the box.
A scramble in the box then resulted in the ball falling kindly to Ellie Bloomfield and she made no mistake to grab the hosts’ fourth of the afternoon.
Charley Wilson soon added her name to the scoresheet, reacting quickly after the Shanklin keeper could only parry a shot.
And Kempson wrapped things up from the penalty spot after Lucy Quinn had been bundled over in the box.
Blues boss Perry Northeast said: “We were comfortable with a two-goal lead at half-time, but Shanklin came out and gave it a good go.
“In the end it was a very professional performance and it’s pleasing to go through having scored so many goals.
“But we’re also not conceding many goals and that’s just as important. We didn’t have a lot to deal with at the back, but never let our concentration drop.
“Poole are our next opponents and they play a couple of leagues below us, but we won’t take them lightly because we want to make sure we’re in the final.
“The fact that Southampton are also in the last four adds some much-needed spice to the competition.”
Pompey: Blakely; Frampton (James 54), Rutherford, Currie, Sievwright; Quinn, Bloomfied, Kempson, Clark; Umotong (Hillier 46), Wilson
Sub not used: Bazan