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Cup Progress For Ladies At QPR

Widdowson, Clark and Stephens on target for Blues

4 September 2017

Pompey Ladies
Photo: Jordan Hampton

Pompey Ladies got their Premier League Cup campaign off to the perfect start with a 3-0 victory at QPR.

The result means that they will progress into the main draw, with their opponents entering the plate competition.

Jade Widdowson broke the deadlock midway through the first half, courtesy of a dipping shot from the edge of the box.

And it was another fine strike from Molly Clark into the top corner that saw the advantage doubled before the break.

Pompey all but ensured their progress early in the second half when Natasha Stephens converted Rebecca Barron’s cross.

Samantha Quayle had to clear from the line at the other end of the pitch after Michelle Beazley failed to hold onto the ball.

But it was the visitors who looked more likely to add to the scoring, with Stephens and Shannon Albuery both having efforts saved.

Blues boss Jay Sadler told the club’s official YouTube channel: “It was a pleasing performance overall. We were solid at the back and never looked like we were going to concede.

"It was a professional display from us and we were worthy winners."

Jay Sadler

“On the ball we were good in patches, although there a still a lot of aspects that we can improve on.

“QPR were compact and we had to remain patient to break them down, circulating the ball with a bit more intensity.

“You have to adapt your game to play different sides. We had to find pockets of space, but the goals came at the right time and a couple of wonder strikes ignited the tie.

“It was a professional display from us and we were worthy winners. I’m delighted with the clean sheet and the victory.

“We’re into the next round of the cup and we’ll keep an eye out for that, but now we need to prepare to face Charlton at the weekend.”

Pompey: Beazley; Kirby, Southgate (Geer 58), Widdowson, Currie; Barron (Simmons 69), Clark, James, Stephens (c); Quayle (Albuery 72), Panting
Subs not used: Paines, Bazan

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