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LADIES RUN RIOT IN HAMPSHIRE CUP

16 November 2015

Blues hit 18 unanswered goals to progress

Pompey Ladies started their defence of the Hampshire Cup in spectacular style with an 18-0 rout of AFC Stoneham at Furze Lane.

Ini Umotong and Katie George netted 13 goals between them as the Blues cruised into the quarter-finals.

It was George who got the ball rolling in the opening seconds and she soon headed home a second.

Umotong then grabbed her first of the afternoon to effectively end the tie after just 10 minutes before George completed her hat-trick.

The pair each added another goal midway through the first half, while debutant Tash Stevens also got in on the act.

A Molly Clark cross was then inadvertently turned into her own net by a Stoneham defender, while Umotong also laid claim to the match ball with her third strike on 37 minutes.

And it was Umotong who ensured that the hosts reached double figures with a neat chip on the stroke of half-time.

Pompey did not ease up after the interval, however, with substitute Sarah Kempson and Paige Atkinson both adding to Stoneham’s misery.

And Umotong was proving particularly unstoppable, taking her personal tally to seven with three more goals as the second half progressed.

George and Lucy Quinn ensured that the scoreboard kept ticking over as the game entered its closing stages before Umotong fittingly completed an amazing afternoon late on.

Blues boss Perry Northeast said: “Perhaps we need to speak to the county association about how beneficial these games are for both parties.

“You certainly wouldn’t expect to see a scoreline like that in the men’s game and it is a bit embarrassing.

“But, that being said, we had certain targets that we’d set for individuals and as a group and we managed to reach them.

“The defensive players were keeping things tight, the creative players were creating chances and the strikers scored a lot of goals.

“But now it’s vital that they continue to do those things to a high level when we face tougher opposition.

“Hopefully we can take some confidence from such a dominant performance and use it to improve our form in the Premier League.

“Now we’ve got a tricky test against a Tottenham side who have improved a lot in the past year, but we’ll be looking to collect all three points.”

Pompey: Trodd; Currie, Atkinson, Benson, Taylor; Frampton (Quinn 46), Clark (Bazan 46), Stevens; George, Hillier (Kempson 46), Umotong

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